The three-year clinical anesthesia program utilizes a didactic curriculum that leads to ABA eligibility. The didactic program consists of an intense lecture schedule during CA-1 year, and specialty-specific lectures throughout the remainder of residency training. Residents' progress is evaluated throughout training through use of standardized Anesthesia Knowledge Tests, departmental tests, patient simulator training, Mock Orals, and yearly participation in the ABA exam (ITE).
Faculty in the Department actively participate in didactic teaching, clinical supervision, and both basic science and clinical research. In addition, full-time research (Ph.D.) faculty participate in didactic instruction and laboratory supervision.
The program emphasizes the development of proficiency in the following:
- Procedures to render patients safely insensible to pain during surgery
- Optimization of vital organ function during anesthesia and surgery
- Care of the patient unconscious from any cause
- Anesthetic management of patients at the extremes of age and of mother and fetus
- Evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic pain
- Cardiac and respiratory resuscitation
- Diagnosis and treatment of specific pulmonary problems
- Management of fluid, electrolyte, acid-base, and metabolic disturbances
All CA-3 residents complete a senior project with faculty mentorship and present to the department at Grand Rounds.
Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center
The Department of Anesthesiology has utilized a high-fidelity Simulation Center for the past 13 years to teach residents numerous critical skills in a simulated operating room environment. In 2011, the location of the simulator was moved from the VA Medical Center to a brand new center located within the medical school. This state of the art facility comprises a mock operating room, a high-tech control room and a debriefing room where residents can watch recorded scenarios in which they participated.
During their first sessions, residents are introduced to the following aspects of Anesthesiology:
- Anesthesia machine function
- Preparation of the OR for a patient
- Patient monitoring
- Patient safety
Patient simulations cover:
- Pre-operative patient assessment
- Airway management skills
- Basic emergency management
- Crisis resource management
Residents return to the simulator center for two to three one-day sessions per year. These courses teach more advanced levels of crisis resource management, as well as advanced patient management skills and strategies.
The simulator experience involves training in all of the core competencies. The simulator faculty also utilize the simulator as an additional mechanism to prepare our residents for the oral board examination.