Didactic Program

The didactic program supplements the daily clinical instruction. Most of the conferences are presented by departmental faculty. Faculty members support clinical services to permit all residents to attend mandatory conferences.

This 2014-2015 academic year, we will be creating an Ultrasound Curriculum for residents that will aim to enable trainees to gain proficiency in ultrasound for anatomical, regional and cardiac assessment in the perioperative period.

 

Anesthesiology Core Curriculum

Time: Mondays 3 - 5pm

Mock Oral

Time: Mondays Monthly 3:45 - 5pm

Description:

This conference is an interactive session designed to prepare the residents for Part 2 of the ABA Certification Exam and to formally evaluate each senior resident around the domains of the ACGME competencies-application of medical knowledge, judgment, analysis of data, development of a rational treatment plan, adaptability in responding to changing clinical conditions, logical organization and effective presentation.

The examinee is given 5-10 minutes to review the stem and develop a plan. Two faculty examiners conduct the exam in the classroom with one examinee and all other residents/fellows observing. The 35-minute exam covers pre-op, intra-op and post-op care. The latter 25 minutes are utilized to discuss the content of the exam. Current literature is provided to support the discussion. The examinees are evaluated by the faculty and the evaluation is part of the assessment of clinical competence.

EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE/JOURNAL CLUB

Time: Mondays Monthly 3 - 3:45pm

Description:

Journal Club is conducted as a discussion focused on concepts of evidence-based medicine using a pro and con format. CA-2 residents utilize an evidenced-based medicine template to evaluate the articles they choose with the assistance of an assigned faculty moderator. These are distributed to all residents at least two weeks prior to each Journal Club to allow all residents to actively participate. The CA2 resident and thier moderator initiate and stimulate conversation and discussion. The last 5-10 minutes are devoted to the teaching of pre-assigned statistical concepts. This section actively involves the audience about the concept(s).

Systematic Anesthesia Review Course

Time: Mondays Weekly 3 - 5pm

Description:

  • CA-1 Tutorials
    Interactive conference covering the Basic Topics in Anesthesiology from the ABA/ASA content outline.  Residents are required to take an on-line quiz after each tutorial. Passing score is 80%. Performance on quizzes is a component of the residents overall evaluation.
  • CA-1 Board Review
    These sessions are designed to help prepare CA1 residents for the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) BASIC Examination. These board reviews are scheduled throughout the academic year.  Each session starts with a 30 minute test covering the concepts assigned to the session. The tests are graded and results are recorded.  The following 1.5 hours are used to review the test questions. The participating residents are responsible for most of the discussion while an assigned faculty member serves as moderator/supervisor.  Passing score on the test is 70%. Board Review performance is a component of the residents’ overall evaluation.
  • CA-2 Tutorials
    Interactive conference incorporating problem-based learning and covering the Advanced Topics in Anesthesiology from the ABA/ASA content outline.  Residents are required to take an on-line quiz after each tutorial. Passing score is 80%. Performance on quizzes is a component of the residents overall evaluation.
  • CA-3 Board Review
    Comprehensive session covering the entire ABA/ASA content outline, utilizing test questions and discussions of key concepts.  Each session is moderated by a faculty member.  The sessions start with a 30 minutes test covering the concepts assigned to the session.  The following 1.5 hours are used to go over the test questions.  The participating residents are responsible for most of the discussion.  Passing score on the test is 70%. Board Review performance is a component of the residents overall evaluation.

Anesthesiology Grand Rounds

Time: Thursdays Weekly 7 - 8am

Description:

This is the main departmental conference attended by all department members. The conference includes presentations from subspecialty faculty, research faculty, mentored fellow & senior resident projects, morbidity and mortality case presentations, and presentations from local and national visiting professors.

Anesthesiology Chairman's Conference

Time: Tuesdays Weekly 6:30 - 7am

Description:

The conference is moderated by the Chair and attended by residents, utilizing the Socratic approach for discussion of current issues in anesthesiology and the practice within our institution.

SIMULATION LAB: SKILL TASK TRAINING

Time: Tuesdays Weekly 2 – 3pm & 3 - 4pm

Description:

Sessions are organized by faculty with training and expertise in simulation and are led by faculty with expertise in specific skills. Three residents are assigned to one-hour sessions. Performance, evaluated with a check list, is a component of the residents overall evaluation.

SIMULATION LAB: MULTIDICIPLINARY SCENARIO

Time: Wednesdays Weekly 2 – 4:30pm

Description:

Sessions developed and directed by faculty with training and expertise in simulation. There are three different multidisciplinary scenarios per academic year. Three residents from different levels of training are assigned to each session. Residents are required to take a pre-test and post-test posted on Blackboard. Performance is a component of the residents overall evaluation.

VISITING PROFESSOR LECTURE SERIES

Time: Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm; Thursday, 7 - 8am; 3 - 6 times per year

Description:

Faculty leaders in the specialty are invited for two days, to provide formal lectures and to participate in operating room instruction of residents and fellows. Meetings with faculty and visits to the department's research facilities are included.

HELRICH & MATJASKO PROFESSORSHIP LECTURE

Time: Annually

Description:

This is the department's premier regional visiting professorship. It honors the previous chairs and those who have made significant contribution to the growth of the specialty of anesthesiology.

RESEARCH CONFERENCES

Time: Monthly

Description:

These conferences are presented by basic scientists and clinical investigators and highlights the research activities from the Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research Organized Research Center (STAR-ORC), Neuroprotection and Neurodegeneration Research, Mitochondrial Research, Trauma and Emergency Care and Human Factors and Technology Research Programs.

ULTRASOUND CURRICULUM

Description:

Sessions developed and directed by faculty with training and expertise in anatomical, regional and cardiac ultrasound. There are 3-4 sessions per academic year. Each year, the sessions will be tailored for the specific level of training. Residents are required to take a pre-test and post-test.