The educational program of the anesthesia residency is designed to meet the criteria of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA,) as well as our department's own educational goal: to provide each resident with a comprehensive background in all areas of anesthetic practice.
Every resident must master a common base of fundamental knowledge conveyed through didactic teaching. The core of the didactic program includes several weekly morning conferences, approximately 14 hours per month. On Thursday mornings, the entire department meets to discuss well-prepared, interesting cases presented by a resident and a staff member. Under the direction of the staff conference leader, problems ranging from clinical management to the application of related basic sciences are discussed. This conference also provides excellent preparation for oral board examinations. There is also a progressive conference schedule, which takes the resident through all of the various major areas of anesthesia, and a Journal Club. Guest lecturers bring their expertise to the department about once a month. Much of the clinical teaching takes place in and around the operating room, where emphasis is placed on case-related teaching in individual and small group settings. All second- and third-year residents receive practice oral exams.
Residents have consistently scored well above national average in the in-training examinations and almost all of our graduate residents have become board certified.
The research interests of the department are predominantly clinical. The department faculty's clinical interests are listed in their biographies.
Residents are encouraged to participate in both ongoing and new clinical studies in their second and third years.
Third-Year Tracks Offered
The CA-3 year consists of experience in advanced anesthesia training along one of three tracks: the Advanced Clinical track; the Subspecialty Clinical track; and the Clinical Science track. The program director, in collaboration with the resident, will select one of the three tracks. Regardless, resident assignments in the CA-3 year will include difficult or complex anesthesia procedures and the care of seriously ill patients.
The Advanced Clinical Track provides a minimum of six months' experience in advanced and complex anesthesia assignments. The remaining six months may be in one to three selected subspecialty rotations; alternatively, additional complex clinical anesthesia assignments may be offered.
The Subspecialty Clinical Track offers nine to twelve months experience in one subspecialty rotation, for example, obstetrics, pain management, or cardiac anesthesia, along with up to three months of other advanced clinical experience. Alternatively, six months' experience in each of two subspecialty rotations may be chosen.