Resident education in anesthesiology is supplemented by the expansive and rigorous reading and didactic program. We strive to continually improve resident education by implementing changes to our didactic program.
During the Clinical Base Year, residents are provided with access to PGY1 level online learning material-Learnly.
During the initial portion of the CA-1 year, residents read the introductory text book, Basics of Anesthesia. The objective is to establish good reading habits and to gain a foundation early in residency on which to build. CA-1 residents will meet with an assigned faculty mentor, the purpose of which is to ensure that this introductory reading program is being followed. Residents are questioned to assure that the material has been read and there is ample opportunity for questions to be answered. They will also be given access to CA1 level online learning material-Learnly.
Lectures are also delivered by faculty members to residents during this time.
In addition to the reading and lecture program, residents have the responsibility for making several different types of presentations throughout their training.
Residents have access to NYMC Library (online and in person) and TrueLearn, an online resource.
There is also a Library on the 16th floor at Metropolitan Hospital for residents use.
Each resident in anesthesiology must complete several Mock Oral Examination in CA-3 year. A case scenario and a faculty examiner are assigned to each resident. The resident uses information technology to locate and evaluate scientific studies, clinical recommendations and guidelines to incorporate into his preparation. On the assigned date, the examination proceeds according to a truncated version of the ABA Oral Board examination format. At the conclusion of the examination period, a brief review of the resident’s responses ensues.
Program-based Learning (PBLI)
Each resident in anesthesiology must present a difficult clinical scenario to the Department of Anesthesiology in each of the Clinical Anesthesiology years. A difficult clinical scenario will be assigned to the resident, and will be assigned a faculty mentor. The resident will use information technology to locate and evaluate scientific studies, clinical recommendations and guidelines to incorporate into his presentation. The resident will then utilize skills developed in part through the on-line educational module, The Resident as a Teacher, to educate the members of the Department of Anesthesiology (faculty and fellow residents) during this presentation at our monthly Problem-Based Learning Conference. This presentation will be led by the residents, and will include both a question-and-answer and lecture format.
To aid residents in developing skills needed for the scholarship of dissemination, each resident is required to present a case conference during the CA-1, CA2 and CA-3 years. The resident, in conjunction with the faculty mentor, decides upon an interesting or difficult clinical case and presents challenges associated with the anesthetic management. As a requirement of the presentation, the resident is expected to use information technology to find, evaluate and incorporate data from the scientific studies for these presentations.
Quality Improvement Conference
(Morbidity & Mortality)
Residents are required to select and present a case for M&M during their CA-1, CA-2 and CA-3 years. Each Resident is expected to select a case and then identify what happened, present an analysis of the case with supporting literature and participate in an interactive discussion with the audience. All complications, deaths and cases of special interest are discussed. The resident presents the case and the staff involved leads the discussion. The session incorporates the Competencies of Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Practice-Based Learning. The conference meets requirements for Quality Assurance and Peer Review.
Journal Club occurs once a month throughout the year with a goal of stimulating research hypotheses and updating clinical knowledge. These sessions take place during Wednesday morning sessions. Residents work alongside faculty mentors to find articles from current general and subspecialty anesthesia journals that are relevant to the session’s topic. Articles should be of research in nature. Residents choose one article for discussion and prepare slides to answer the questions via a PowerPoint presentation.
Each resident during their CA1, CA2 and CA3 years must present an hour-long Grand Rounds presentation about a clinically relevant topic of interest to the entire department once a year. The resident uses information technology to locate and evaluate scientific studies to incorporate into his presentation. The resident then utilizes skills developed in part through the on-line educational module, The Resident as a Teacher, to educate the members of the Department of Anesthesiology (faculty, fellow residents, nurse anesthetists and medical students) during this presentation at our monthly Grand Rounds Conference.
Guest Lecture Program
Throughout the year, guest lecturers from the U.S. and abroad are invited to visit the Department and lecture on a topic of their special interest, thereby providing residents exposure to both national and international practices. These occur on Wednesday mornings during Grand Rounds. This session incorporates the Competencies of Medical Knowledge and Patient Care.
Written Board Review
These are held throughout the year, using multiple-choice questions from published texts and review conferences, as well as in-training exam keywords as topics of discussion.
Once a year, residents attend Clinical Anatomy cadaver studies for approximately 2 hours at NYMC Anatomy Lab. An anatomist teaches anatomy relevant to anesthesiologists.
SIM Lab Sessions
Once a year, residents attend Simulation sessions either at Jacobi Medical Center or at NYMC Sim Lab. Sim Modules may vary.