Our educational program for anesthesiology residency training encompasses many different educational modalities as we prepare you to become board-certified in anesthesiology. It includes supervised patient care, formal conferences, various types of examinations, simulation, and independent study on your part. Details of training requirements of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) may be found in the ABA Booklet of Information, which is provided for each resident or on their web site at www.theaba.org.
The ABA requires twelve months of training in fields outside of anesthesiology which is called Clinical Base (CB) training and is traditionally done during the PGY 1 year. In 1998-99, we adopted a different approach. These twelve months are now divided between PGY 1 & PGY 2 years.
The diagram below is a typical curriculum. Rotations may vary for the individual resident.
Didactic podcasts with associated self-assessment questions are available on Canvas on Monday thru Tuesday each week (typically available at least 1 week in advance). An interactive morning conference is held from 0600 to 0645 on Thursdays and the General Competencies Conference from 0630 to 0730 on Wednesday mornings. Keywords (one-page summaries of topics/questions from previous American Board of Anesthesiology examinations) are prepared by the residents and distributed daily. An intensive Board review course is provided in January and February of each year prior to the In-service examination. No other didactic programs, except the General Competencies Conference on Wednesday mornings, is held during this time. The goal is to help the residents prepare for the ABA examination/In-Training Examination they will take each March.
During your first month of anesthesia, you will have an introductory program called the First Month Course. It is designed to prepare you to provide care to the healthy adult patient and to expose you to more specialized types of patients and techniques. The course includes time in the operating room, training in the human patient simulator, twice-daily seminars, and the Anesthesia Knowledge Test at the beginning and end of the month. Basics of Anesthesia (6th edition), (Stoelting and Miller) which is provided for each resident, is the primary reference text. You will be supervised one-on-one by an attending anesthesiologist, or will be paired with another resident, until you are ready for a greater degree of independence. Additional introductory seminars directed at new residents continue into the second month.
Much of the learning and teaching of anesthesia occurs in the Operating Room. You will be given cases of increasing difficulty over time to help accomplish proficiency. Each resident is supervised by an attending anesthesiologist, who is responsible for supervising no more than two residents at a time. Cases are discussed with the attending ahead of time and a plan is generated. You are expected to read as necessary to be prepared for the case; the attending provides the supervision and teaching to ensure safe care for the patient and a good educational experience for the resident. On subspecialty rotations, broader educational objectives and techniques are added. The program of graduated clinical assignments is designed to provide progressively challenging clinical problems, as well as an increasing degree of independence with the aim of graduating competent and confident practitioners in the entire spectrum of anesthesia care.
Residents have ample opportunity to provide anesthesia care to patients throughout their training.