During the first two weeks, residents are generally staffed 1:1 by faculty to orient them to the practice of cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology and the principles of patient management in cardiovascular and thoracic cases. In the subsequent months, residents will be provided progressive independence in patient management, to include:
placement of central lines and PA catheters
determinations of induction
management of hemodynamic events during major CV cases
determinations of parameters in transfusion and coagulation.
Residents are expected to provide an individually tailored plan for managing each patient - to be reviewed and confirmed by faculty prior to institution. By the end of the rotation, residents are expected to be able to demonstrate competence in the general management of routine cardiovascular and thoracic cases (routine pump cases, AAA, ABF, thoracotomies) without immediate on-site supervision by faculty at all times.