The Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Anesthesiology offers a unique and vigorous educational curriculum for the residents. According to the redesigned American Board of Anesthesiologists basic and advanced content outline, we administer this content in lecture format and as problem based learning discussions and reinforce learned content through question and answer sessions every Wednesday between 9am - 12pm. During that time, participating residents have no clinical obligations and all pagers are off. Since the ABA basic and advanced content outline are now separated, junior residents alternate with senior classes every week. This enables junior residents to focus on the content relevant to their basic exam in the new ABA format. Senior residents enjoy tailored didactics that enable them to specifically prepare for the advanced Board Exam.
Lectures, problem based learning discussions and the Board Review sessions are held by faculty who have their clinical focus in the specific area discussed. Such faculty expertise ensures not only comprehensive and in depth presentation of the material but also emphasizes its application within the clinical context. All sessions are recorded so that the residents can view them at any time.
In addition to the PBLD sessions, we offer mock oral board sessions with experienced faculty on a voluntary and individual basis. Simulator based learning is also part of the curriculum.