Robert R. Gaiser, MD
Professor and Chairman
The objective of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky is to teach the information, skills and attitudes necessary to achieve and maintain clinical excellence. There is no substitute for actual clinical experience and the volume and diversity of surgical procedures and anesthetic techniques fulfill these requisite needs. These clinical experiences are supplemented by an extensive didactic program including visiting professors, case discussion conferences, subspecialty seminars, and classes aimed at preparation for board examinations. Because acquiring existing knowledge is not sufficient, the department also strives to foster an attitude of staying current with changes in the specialty through a series of critical analyses of relevant journal articles to allow residents to learn how to evaluate the medical literature. The goal is to provide these learning objectives in an environment where residents are treated as colleagues and there is recognition of the fact that life does exist outside of the hospital. Learning occurs primarily in what is described as an apprenticeship model where faculty function as teachers and supervisors of residents as well as mentors and role models. In summary, our objective is to provide trainees in our program with the skills (scientific, analytical and interpersonal) and attitudes necessary to adapt to technologic advances and changing environment of medical care.