Didactic Teaching and Conferences

The faculty of the Department is deeply committed to providing a comprehensive didactic program covering the entire spectrum of anesthesiology. A number of courses and conferences are provided throughout the year, to offer our residents a thorough grounding in the discipline.

Introductory Course - is held during the first week of July each year. During this time all new CA-1 residents have no clinical duties, and spend their time in lecture and tutorial formats. Residents are taught the basics of anesthetics, and what a new resident needs to know in order to get started. In addition, demonstrations of the more common anesthesiology technical tasks are organized, such as starting intravenous and arterial lines, intubations, and spinal anesthesia. 

Immersion Course - is held during July and August. The object of this course is to provide a thorough grounding and assimilation of basic anesthetic information. This course enables CA-1 residents to rapidly acquire sufficient theoretical knowledge, so they can better understand what they are learning clinically, and function as trainee consultants, rather than technicians.

Regular Course – is an annual didactic series that runs from September through June. Each week, an attending and a resident provides an educational teaching course covering a set topic from ABA/ITE curriculum. There is a separate curriculum for CA-1 residents (WEB – Wednesday Educational Block) geared towards the ABA – Part 1A Basic Examination. The second didactic course (THEB = Thursday Educational Block) is designated as a 2 year curriculum based on the ABA/ITE syllabus geared towards the ABA Part 1B Exam. In the month of August, THEB sessions consist of practice management, legal issues and financial planning.

Friday Morning Meetings – Departmental level meetings with faculty, residents and fellows, with presentations consisting of visiting professors, grand rounds, mortality and mobility and journal clubs.

Quarterly Resident Meetings – consist of meetings with the program director.

Mock Oral Examinations - bi-annual exam reviews that occur in the Fall and Spring, with the CA-2 and CA-3 residents participating – a total of 4 opportunities during the residency.

Review Course – an annual meeting is held each spring with nationally recognized speakers for this regional level conference.

Simulation – on most Wednesday’s in the year, 3 residents will have an academic day to work in the Simulation Center. This will give each resident about 3 – 4 simulation experiences per year.