Training and Curriculum

Our residents receive a comprehensive educational experience that's composed to ensure our residents' acquisition of the skills, knowledge and judgement necessary to be exemplary leaders in anesthesiology. 

Clinical Training 

Clinical Training in the OR

Training is divided into thirteen four week blocks in the PGY-1 through PGY-4 years.  The PGY-1 year includes rotations considered foundational for physician development and successful resident experience in the PGY-2-PGY-4 years.  The PGY-1 year also includes two 4 week blocks devoted to an intensive orientation to the fundamentals of anesthesiology practice.  This orientation includes the delivery of care in the operating room by the PGY-1 resident while paired with a senior resident and under the direct supervision of a faculty member.  Daily didactic lectures, simulation workshops, and quality and safety and wellness sessions are also included across the 2 blocks.

The PGY-2 through PGY-4 years includes didactic instruction utilizing tutorials, simulation and case based discussion; keywords, journal clubs and workshops. Each resident is assigned a faculty mentor, who provides advice, suggestions, and consultation. Faculty members evaluate residents on a daily basis and are expected to provide verbal feedback in order to inform the residents as to how they are progressing. Every three months, a written evaluation by the clinical competency committee is provided to each resident from the chair to encourage progress and, if necessary, suggest methods of improvement. Residents are also enrolled in the anesthesia knowledge examination series, the annual American Board of Anesthesiology in-training examination,  and participate in mock oral examinations provided five times per year, and observed structured clinical examinations in preparation for the American Board of Anesthesiology applied examination. 

Each resident will have an individualized training program that includes all of the training rotations and tracks their progress through these experiences. Case-specific experiences are required by the American Board of Anesthesiology and are tracked in the Case Log System. There is also a specific syllabus for every rotation describing goals and expectations for that service. Beginning with our comprehensive Clinical Base Year (CBY) program, our curriculum facilitates a balance between clinical hands-on training and didactic instruction.



The department provides an excellent didactic program consisting of several components. Some of these components include those listed below. Others include sub-specialty conferences and workshops on pediatrics and difficult airway management. We also provide five mock oral examinations, a robust visiting professor program, as well as other special seminars and workshops throughout the academic year.


Program Rotations


CA-1 residents are assigned mostly to the adult hospital where you will spend six or seven months learning the anesthetics for general surgery, plastics, head & neck, oncology and orthopedics. CA-1 residents also perform rotations in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), pediatric anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, ambulatory surgery at a free standing facility, and two-week rotations in the preop clinic, PACU, cardiac anesthesia, electroconvulsive therapy anesthesia, acute pain service, and obstetrics and CVC-ICU night float.


CA-2 residents are largely performing subspeciality rotations, including pediatrics, obstetrics, neuroanesthesia, cardiac, thoracic, vascular and pain. Additional rotations include interventional radiology as a non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) experience, SICU and CVC-ICU, and transesophagealechocardiography (TEE).


CA-3 residents are largely performing advanced subspeciality rotations, including pediatrics, obstetrics, neuroanesthesia, cardiac, thoracic, and vascular. Acute pain management and regional anesthesia are also included in the CA3 year.. Additional rotations include  interventional radiology as a non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) experience, SICU and CVC-ICU, and transesophagealechocardiography (TEE).


Simulation Education 

In accordance with the department's commitment to education and dedication to remain at the forefront of medicine, anesthesiology interns and residents attend simulation-based educational sessions throughout their four years of training. We are continually adding new courses to perpetuate quality improvement through new uses of simulation in medical education. Click here for a full list of simulation courses available to anesthesiology trainees.