The Department of Anesthesiology provides the four-year curriculum required by the American Board of Anesthesiology for certification as a consultant anesthesiologist.
The program is structured in a manner, which ensures residents acquire sufficient levels of knowledge, clinical/technical skills and judgment to allow them to be competent in all areas of the specialty, meeting the criteria to become certified as consultants in anesthesiology.
CA-1 Orientation Series
The Basics of Anesthesia Lecture Series is designed for residents beginning their training in anesthesiology to give them a strong knowledge base on the fundamentals of anesthesia. A course of lectures covering the salient points in anesthesia is given daily for the first two weeks of training.
Tuesday Lecture Series
This series occurs every Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Lectures include:
- Business of Medicine
Coordinated by the Department Business Administrator, this series covers topics related to the business aspects of running a practice. Lectures are given by local professionals.
- Journal Clubs
Recent publications are critically discussed at regularly scheduled Journal Clubs in conjunction with Visiting Professor Lectures.
- Quality Improvement/The MATRIX presentations
Annually there are six one-hour sessions dedicated to quality improvement case studies utilizing The MATRIX methodology. During this activity, the residents learn to systematically analyze their clinical practice and set learning improvement goals.
- Grand Rounds\Case Presentations
Departmental Grand Rounds are held on Wednesday mornings from 7 to 8. Grand Rounds consists of presentations on various anesthesia topics given by residents, fellows and faculty. Visiting professors are also a regular part of our Grand Rounds. A Quality Assurance Case Presentation Session occurs once a month as well.
- Subspecialty Lectures
Various subspecialty groups, including pediatric anesthesia, OB anesthesia, pain management and critical care, have their own didactic programs.
- Mock Oral Exams
CA-2 and CA-3 residents participate in Mock Oral Exams patterned after those of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Both the Program Director and Chairman are Associate American Board of Anesthesiology Oral Board Examiners.
- Visiting Professors
During the academic year, prominent lecturers from around the country are invited to the department as visiting professors. Resident participate in journal clubs, attend grand rounds presented by the expert and have the opportunity to interact with faculty from around the country.
One resident from either the CA-3 or CA-2 class will be assigned to night float each month. This resident works the night shift Monday through Friday 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. On weekends, second- and third-year residents take 1st call. 1st call begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until 7 a.m. the next day. Residents taking 1st call are off call the following day.
One resident will be assigned to 2nd call each day. All residents take 2nd call. CA-1 residents begin taking 2nd call in August of the CA-1 year. 2nd CALL is 24-hour in house call, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The resident is off call the following day.
Residents on the OB service work 12-hour shifts from 6:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. to 6:45 a.m.
Pediatric Anesthesia Call
Residents are assigned to take one week of night shift per month 3 p.m.to 11 p.m. There are one or two weekend shifts per month from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Residents on this service are assigned to take 24-hour in-house call every third or fourth night.
Inpatient Pain Service
The resident on their pain rotation will round on the inpatients on the pain service with the pain faculty on Saturday and Sunday mornings one to two days per month.
On Call Facilities
Residents are provided with private sleeping and bath facilities, vending and food, a lounge and 24-hour access to computer, library and study facilities.