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Didactic Teaching

  • Lecture with 4 students and 2 instructors
  • Residents listening to Dr. Elkins
  • Residents enjoying lecture
  • Residents enjoying lecture

CA-1 Resident Orientation

Starting on their very first day, all new CA-1's begin a two-month lecture series covering the basics of anesthesia, as required by the American Board of Anesthesiology. During this time, new residents are given the opportunity to ease into their residency training.

This two-month series of lectures exposes residents to anesthesia topics through several methods, including didactic in-classroom lectures from a wide range of specialties, computer simulations, problem-based learning discussions, and Q&A sessions.

The goal of the orientation period is to rapidly increase the anesthesia knowledge base of new residents. It also allows for residents to become familiar with not only the hospital, but all the services that anesthesia provides outside of the OR.

Morbidity & Mortality/Grand Rounds Conference

M&M/Grand Rounds conference is held every Wednesday morning. The conferences typically entail a complicated or unique case presented by a resident and an attending. Outside guest speakers and CA-3 Senior Presentations are also included throughout the year.

Dissection Course

Unique to our program is the annual dissection course that is held every September. This course gives residents an overview of the body structure and systems. The Pain Management Director, Pain Attendings, and Pain Fellows facilitate this course.

Wednesday Education Day

From November until June, every Wednesday features two blocks of lectures: the first block, from 8am-10:45am, is for CA-1 residents, and covers topics that correspond with their level of training; the second block, from 11:30am-2pm, is for both the CA-2 and CA3 residents, and covers more advanced topics.

Topics of these education day lectures include:

  • Written Board Review
  • Clinical case conference - clinically oriented stem questions
  • EBM based Journal clubs
  • Ethics, professionalism
  • Practice management, billing
  • Law in medicine and Regulatory Matters

The goal is to expose residents at all levels to not only clinical anesthesia scenarios, but also to topics outside the OR related to medicine.

Rotation Specific Lecture Series

Residents attend additional rotation-specific lectures during their pediatric, cardiac, critical care, and OB rotations. These lectures give residents a more in-depth learning experience while in those rotations to supplement what they learn in the normal weekly Wednesday lectures that all residents attend.



Mock Oral Exams

A resident sitting for his mock oral exam

Our residents agree that one of the most useful opportunities we provide them with is our Mock Oral sessions held bianually. In the fall and in the spring, our program director organizes a panel of attendings to administer mock oral exams to the CA-2 and CA-3 residents. Residents get the benefit of immediate feedback on their performace and the opportunity to experience a simulated Oral Board exam.