The goal of the program is to develop residents into consultants in all aspects of perioperative medicine and instill in them the concept of being “life-long learners”. Residents will be expected to acquire both academic and clinical excellence with the goal of becoming future leaders in the medical community they enter upon graduation be it an academic or private practice setting. Residents will be given the opportunity to attain a broad and deep knowledge base, develop outstanding clinical skills, use prior experiences to improve patient care, understand systems-based practice, develop effective interpersonal and communication skills, and become dedicated professionals.
The department is composed of approximately 109 residents, 32 fellows, and 142 staff anesthesiologists. Each staff physician holds a joint appointment to the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Training is conducted in 48 operating rooms, 12 non-OR anesthetizing locations (including endoscopy, interventional radiology/angiography, the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and a hybrid MR-OR), 4 Surgical Intensive Care Units (including dedicated thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery ICUs), 6 obstetric suites (4 operative delivery rooms and 2 procedure rooms) and 24 labor and delivery suites, the Center for Assisted Reproduction, the Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation, the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, the Pain Management Center, and throughout the hospital when on the Postoperative Pain Management Service. Residents also rotate through Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and other outside facilities.
The residency program begins with a two-month tutorial during which the new residents receive didactics on the basics of anesthesiology and one-on-one intraoperative teaching. After the tutorial period, the curriculum is organized into month-long rotations according to the ACGME guidelines where residents will learn through clinical experience, mentorship, and didactics while providing excellent care to a diverse patient population. Didactic offerings include Grand Rounds, Clinical Conference, Chief Rounds (CA-1 lectures by CA-3 residents), Written Board Review, Morbidity & Mortality conference, Problem Based Learning discussion seminars (brief topic-based discussions), Journal Club, Oral Board Review, Divisional lecture series, Workshops (e.g. difficult airway management, regional anesthesia) and Simulator experiences.
Educational resources available to residents include the Anesthesia Departmental Library, online access to textbooks, reference tools, procedural videos, a self-assessment testing module, and numerous Intranet Resources, such as ultrasound-guided central venous access placement videos, the Gas Man® program (an inhalational anesthesia simulator), and division-specific resources.
Residents will work with their faculty advisor to develop personalized learning goals for the year which helps residents develop the skills of self-directed inquiry, critically examine their own skills and knowledge base, identify and correct their own weaknesses, structure their own learning, and become active participants in the process of education.
A wealth of research opportunities helps make training unique. The department is a prominent national center for both laboratory and clinical research. Residents and fellows can become involved in ongoing research in any subspecialty area, or begin original projects with a staff member. This opportunity can be used to fulfill the ACGME-required Senior Academic Project requirement.