Our curriculum is highly structured. It is carefully designed to optimize skills development since anesthesiology is difficult to master and inherently dangerous. Learning theory is applied to determine how we teach because the progression of when you do things is just as important as how you do them. That which is most important is done most often, and that which is particularly difficult is approached from many angles to assure mastery.
Each of our rotations has a Study Guide to be completed that we call Things to Remember comprised of several pages of short answer questions designed by our faculty. This Study Guide is reviewed in the middle of the rotation to guarantee that everything that should be learned from that rotation is indeed covered in depth. Dozens of faculty members ensure this is accomplished for each rotation. Introductory rotations emphasize pharmacology, physiology and anatomy while our advanced rotations focus more on case planning and management. There is very little written in books about how to actually do a case, so we discuss the specifics, planning and performance of cases in depth-each and every day.
Our lecture series is similarly structured and logical in its delivery. The academic year produces its own seasons that are clearly evident in teaching centers. Each quarter we move from introductory general topics to primary subspecialties, advanced operative specialties, and ultimately the perioperative disciplines. All of our sections get 2-4 week blocks of time in one of these quarters and teach their specialty specific curriculum in a two or three year cycle. As with the Study Guides, this formal construct makes sure that everything is covered at the proper time of the academic year so it has the most impact on every class in the residency.
Clinical Base Year (Program Year 1)All of our residents begin with an integrated categorical intern year that is specifically designed to optimize preparation for anesthesiology. Every intern has several months of internal medicine, pulmonary and arrhythmia consultation, two months of critical care, chronic pain, emergency medicine, ENT, vascular surgery and electives in the blood bank and anesthesiology. The anesthesiology rotation is in the last quarter to get everyone ready for July 1st of their residency training. The Associate Program Director is the faculty advisor throughout the internship and she then hand picks a faculty advisor for the remainder of the residency based on common interests or goals.
- Coronary Care Unit
- Arrhythmia Consult Service
- Internal Medicine
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Chronic Pain Clinic
- Otolaryngology (ENT)
- Emergency Medicine
- Pulmonary Consultation
- Vascular Surgery
- Blood Bank
- Anesthesia cart set-up
- Anesthesia machine check
- Central line set-up and technique
- Ultrasound workshop
- Epidural and spinal placement
- Cardiac and respiratory code
- ICU transport
- Patient positioning
- Scavenger hunt in the operating room
- Fiber optic scope handling/technique