During the CA-1 year, emphasis is placed on airway management, monitoring, life support and the basics of anesthesiology. Under faculty guidance, residents are given progressive responsibility for the selection of anesthetic agents and techniques, as well as for the total anesthetic management of complex operative procedures.
In addition to training received in their first year of residency, CA-2 residents are afforded an appreciation for the expanding role of the anesthesiologists outside of the operating room; e.g., rotations in our active pain service. Here, management of patients with acute and chronic pain enriches the resident training experience. Subspecialty rotations include orthopedic, pediatric, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic and ambulatory anesthesia. Requirements for training in Intensive Care are satisfied in this year. Throughout residency training, regional anesthesia and fiberoptic intubation techniques are utilized whenever appropriate.
While a large portion of training is done at Upstate Medical University Hospital, rotations at the adjacent Veterans Administration Medical Center, Crouse Hospital (a private local hospital), and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital provide opportunities for a complete learning experience.
Our senior residents are assigned the most complex anesthetic procedures or critically ill patients. Responsibility for clinical management increasingly will be shifted to the individual resident according to his abilities. Our emphasis is on advanced clinical anesthesia.
Fellowship training in Pain Management and Critical Care Medicine
is available to qualified residents after the CA-3 year.