In 2008, the Brigham and Women's Department of Anesthesia introduced a highly competitive PGY-1 year. It is a medicine-based PGY-1 year co-administered with the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). The majority of the rotations are at BWH with a minor number of the rotations at the Veterans Administration Hospital at West Roxbury. There is rigorous reinforcement of the ACGME rules during the internship year. PGY-1s meet regularly with the Anesthesia Program Directors, and are assigned an Anesthesia Big Sib. There is close involvement with the Anesthesia Chief Residents, and all PGY-1s are invited to the Anesthesia Department social events.
Current Rotation Schedule*
The internship year is divided in 2 week blocks (total of 26 blocks)
10 blocks at BWH, 2 blocks at the VA
Rotations are mostly MICU/CCU, General Medicine Service (GMS), Cardiology; less often in the intensive teaching unit (ITU), bone marrow transplant, oncology
No call rotations are:
1 block Anesthesia at BWH
1 block Blood Bank at BWH
1 block Pulmonary at BWH
3 blocks Elective
2 blocks Emergency Medicine at BWH
1 block Sick call coverage
4 weeks vacation:
1 block first half of year
1 block second half of year
*Rotation schedule may be modified for each academic year.