Departmental rounds and conferences make up the core of the didactic curriculum for the residents.
Visiting Professor, Morbidity/Mortality and Quality Assurance Case Conference consists of Case Conference, a morbidity/mortality and quality assurance (QA) conference or a lecture from a nationally recognized expert on a topic of interest. It takes place each Thursday from 7:00-8:00 a.m. (the operating rooms begin their elective schedule an hour later on Thursdays). In Case Conference, cases of interest from the various clinical divisions are presented, and discussed by faculty and residents. For the morbidity/mortality and quality assurance conference, departmental QA data or cases are presented by residents and faculty. Our lecturers are visiting professors or institutional nationally recognized experts who lecture on topics of interest. The visiting professors often spend the rest of the day in the department, interacting with the faculty and residents.
We have a variety of academic conferences for our residents. Orientation conferences for our CA-1 residents are held from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. during the month of July. At that time, faculty members formally introduce the new CA1 residents to the practice of anesthesiology by presenting basic topics that include basic pharmacology and physiology, evaluation and management of the airway, setting up and troubleshooting the anesthesia machine.
Beginning September and for the remainder of the academic year, each resident class is relieved from their clinical duties once a week to attend 4-5 p.m. core curriculum conferences. The topic of their conference follows the curriculum that is targeted for each level of training and may follow one of several formats. For example, Problem-Based Learning Discussions are case-based, small-group, problem-oriented, resident-centered discussion in an informal, collegial and supportive learning environment which lends itself to the interchange of ideas. The case scenarios are distributed in advance of the session and allow the resident to embark on an individual study program to identify and solve the problems posed in the case before the group discussion. These sessions are moderated/facilitated by faculty members. Curriculum Lectures are formal presentations by a faculty member on basic and major topics in our field. The objective of the academic afternoons is to completely cover the entire curriculum over a three-year cycle.
Journal Clubs are usually held during subspecialty rotations in the anesthesia library to discuss articles with a common theme. The articles are distributed to the residents before the session. A visiting professor or a member of the faculty is specifically invited for the session to lead these sessions.
The clinical divisions sponsor their own subspecialty conferences for the residents on their rotation. These include the Cardiac Case Conference, Critical Care Lecture Series, Critical Care Grand Rounds, Joint Pediatric Anesthesia/Pediatric Critical Care Conference, Multidisciplinary Pediatric Pain Conference, Neuroanesthesia Morning Report, Pain Medicine Conference, Obstetrical Anesthesia Case Conference, Pediatric Anesthesia Case Conference & Journal Club, and Pediatric Anesthesia subspecialty conference & Journal Club in cardiac, solid organ transplantation, trauma and pain management case.
A list of all departmental calendars can be found here. Finally, the department sponsors a number of annual Special Events