The first month as an anesthesia resident is a critical time in the process of becoming an anesthesiologist. We transition the newest members of our department to thinking like an anesthesiologist by pairing them up with one senior resident for the first two weeks and then with one of our faculty members for the second two weeks. The goals and objectives for this month focus on learning the fundamentals of anesthesia practice and intraoperative event management. Time in the operating room is balanced by daily lectures that focus on core topics in anesthesia.
Midway through the month we will use our high fidelity anesthesia simulator (directions to the simulator) as an adjunct to reinforce key learning points in the setting of small group sessions. In the simulation center, the CA-1 residents participate in 3 hours of Advanced Resuscitation Training (ART), 8 hours of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and 8 hours of simulated patient cases/scenarios, each followed by extensive debriefing and discussion. These sessions continue over the course of their residency and progressively become more complex as residents advance. We will also be utilizing standardize patients to assist in how to do a thorough anesthesia preoperative history and physical exam along with preop consent.
Our orientation materials can be found here as a pdf or iBook:
Our primer discussing how to manage common intraoperative events is here: