The Anesthesiology Residency offers four-year Categorical and three-year Advanced positions. The clinical base year, as part of the categorical program, provides experiences in general medicine and its subspecialties, critical care and emergency medicine.
The Clinical Anesthesia curriculum consists of basic anesthesia and subspecialty anesthesia experiences. Basic anesthesia training consists of diverse assignments under close faculty supervision. The program begins with four weeks of introductory seminars, teaching the fundamentals of anesthetic care. Residents are introduced to the operating room during this period and are gradually given responsibility and independence as the skills develop. Expected skills and development criteria include formulation of a directed patient history and physical examination, plan of anesthetic management, understanding of breathing systems, monitoring, concepts of intravenous fluid management, airway management, pharmacology, and electrical safety.
Subspecialty anesthesia training emphasizes the disciplines of ambulatory, cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, trauma surgery, critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, regional anesthesia and pain medicine. The critical care experience includes active involvement in the care of surgical patients with multi-system disease.
Senior residents receive elective time to gain advanced experience in the care of seriously ill patients and complex procedures. Residents have the option of a 6-month research track devoted to laboratory or clinical investigation. Residents who choose this track plan the program in advance with a faculty mentor and the program director. Specific goals and objectives are agreed upon prospectively.