Clinical anesthesia Rotations

Clinical training begins on the first day of your CBY year and continues throughout the next four years. Rotations in clinical anesthesia are one-week, two-weeks or four-weeks spent in the following areas:

In your CA-1 year, the first four weeks are spent in an intensive individualized training period during which you will be assigned to one attending for two weeks, then a second attending for the another two weeks. Specific educational objectives are provided at the onset of the rotation. By the end of the first month, you will have achieved basic clinical skills, and the remainder of your first year will be spent improving these skills and learning new techniques.

In your CA-1 and CA-2 year, you will begin your subspecialty experience by rotating through Cardiothoracic, Neuroanesthesia, Pediatrics, OB, Pain and Regional. Your education in perioperative care will be enhanced by rotations in the PAU, PACU and the Intensive Care Units (Surgical and Cardiothoracic ICUs). You will revisit clinical subspecialties you rotated through as a CA-1 although, as a CA-2, you will be assigned the more challenging cases with more advanced educational objectives.

As a CA-3, you will work with the Residency Director (Dr. Leila Pang) to formulate an individualized clinical schedule tailored to meet your needs, having completed most, if not all, case requirements during your CA-1 and 2 years. You may choose to spend up to a total of 6 months in a single subspecialty area, in clinical or laboratory research or, do advanced and complex cases in a variety of clinical areas of your choice. Many residents elect to undergo fellowship training; if that is the case then the CA3 year can be even more individualized to meet the resident's goal.

The ACGME requires two distinct rotations in the subspecialty areas of anesthesia. In our program, we provide three distinct rotations, an initial, junior and senior experience to provide a progressive, more advanced and challenging clinical experiences for each resident.


Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology