AACPD Candidate – Huffmyer

Julie L. Huffmyer, MD

University of Virginia

Dr. Julie Huffmyer has served on the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia for the last eleven years. She was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in July 2019. Dr. Huffmyer has a long history of residency program leadership as she was an Associate Residency Program Director for 5 years and has been Program Director for the past 4 years. Her success in training and educating the next generation of anesthesiologists is based on an old Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” She believes this should be the goal for each and every resident (and faculty member). She continually strives to be the teacher who involves her students in every aspect of learning, because she knows that memorization can never adequately prepare residents to make the critical decisions necessary in clinical care.

Throughout her career, Dr. Huffmyer has been the recipient of multiple Departmental and University-wide teaching awards including the Master Educator Award at the University of Virginia, Anesthesiology Departmental Resident Teaching Awards, and is a member of UVA’s Academy of Distinguished Educators.

Dr. Huffmyer has been involved in a number of societies and editorial boards within the global anesthesiology community. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists and Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists as well as the International Anesthesia Research Society. Dr. Huffmyer joined the Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine in the Core Program Director Division in 2014. She is on the Editorial Board as an Assistant Editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia as well as Cardiac Section Editor for OpenAnesthesia.org and is an editorial board member for Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. In 2012, Dr. Huffmyer became an examination question writer for the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and now serves on the in-training examination (ITE) and ADVANCED exam editorial committees. She has been an ABA APPLIED Board Examiner since 2015 and in 2018 was selected to be a member of the OSCE examination committee.

Dr. Huffmyer’s research interests include novel methods of education for medical students and residents, the impact of fatigue on performance in residency as well as coagulopathy of liver disease. She has won awards for Best Meeting Abstract at the IARS annual meeting, and UVA Celebration of Research awards for Outstanding Investigation by a Faculty Member.

Dr. Huffmyer’s career goals align directly with the mission of the SAAAPM: “To be the academic anesthesiology society that effectively represents, advocates, and educates around issues pertinent to academic anesthesiology with the purpose of enhancing academic anesthesiology; education, research, and quality clinical care.” Her goal is to become involved on the national level in the community of core residency Program Directors through the SAAAPM to help facilitate collaboration among institutions across the country. She hopes to bring her passion for education and training as well as her desire to serve others to this position with the anticipated outcome of improving residency programs on a greater scale for the benefit of trainees.