The Department of Anesthesiology maintains a structured and extensive conference schedule.
- Our Seasons of Academia - The quarters of the academic year are divided into General topics, Primary Subspecialties, Advanced Operative Subspecialties, and Perioperative Subspecialties in the spring:
- General Topics: Junior resident introduction, Coexisting Disease, Machines & Monitors and General topics.
- Primary Subspecialties: Pediatric Anesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain
- Advanced Operative Subspecialties: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Anesthesia for Major Vascular Procedures, Neuroanesthesia, Ambulatory Anesthesia, and Safari.
- Perioperative Subspecialties: Preoperative Assessment, Postanesthesia Care Unit, Chronic Pain and Critical Care
- Weekly Lecture Series Format:
- Monday Conferences are faculty-led lectures which allow the attending to highlight best practices and emerging research within their specialty. It is primarily aimed at the senior residents (CA-2 and CA-3).
- Tuesday Conferences are resident-led discussions usually the same topic as Monday, but at an introductory level for junior residents. A faculty member mentors the senior residents in preparing this lecture for our CA-1 residents.
- Anesthesiology Grand Rounds are topic presentations, led by departmental faculty, guest faculty speakers from within the medical center, and national speakers as part of our Visiting Professor Lecture Series. M&M Conference is often held during Grand Rounds as well.
- Subspecialty conferences follow Grand Rounds each week. These are 20 minute seminar discussions that vary by subspecialty.
- Thursday Afternoon Case Conference is either another advanced lecture or a faculty-led conference that focuses on applying the knowledge obtained from the lectures given earlier in the week. During the Thursday conference we incorporate small or larger group discussion, audience response system for cases and questions, Jeopardy and other interactive approaches that will enable the resident to apply what they have learned.
- Embedded simulation - A small group of residents each week participate in a simulation scenario based off the lecture topics. Residents get an opportunity to directly apply the teaching from the lecture to a simulated case in our Mock OR.
- In Training Review - We incorporate a Focused Board Review during the month of February each year.
- Mock Orals are held twice each year. Many of the faculty members who participate in Mock Orals are official ABA Board Examiners.
- Basic Examination Review - There is a multi week review for the CA-1 residents just before they take their first certification exam in June.
- Cadaveric Workshops – An entire week is set aside for hands-on cadaveric workshop for upper and lower extremity blocks. An additional day is spent covering pertinent airway anatomy to teach airway blocks and cricothyroidomy.