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), Morbidity & Mortality conference, Problem Based Learning discussion seminars (brief topic-based discussions), Journal Club, Data-Driven Didactics, 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.