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 twelve 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 5 years. 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 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. Dr. Huffmyer serves as an American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) APPLIED examiner and is a member of the in-training examination (ITE) and OSCE committees.

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. In 2020, Dr. Huffmyer was awarded the ABA-FAER Research in Education Grant to study the impact of MOCA Minute® on ASPIRE clinical performance metrics. She co-leads an Education Research group at the University of Virginia working on projects related to gender bias and educational techniques such as generative retrieval.

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 a leader 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.