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Anesthesiology Residency Curriculum


A comprehensive two-year curriculum has been compiled to review all anesthesia subspecialities and provide useful information about establishing an anesthesia practice after residency.

Interspersed throughout the 2-year core curriculum are Monthly Mock Oral Examinations/Consultant's Corners, Problem-Oriented Case Presentations, Simulations, Keyword Reviews, Journal Clubs, Grand Rounds and our annual Anesthesia Symposium.

Every effort is made to integrate didactic knowledge with clinical experience to foster independant thinking and develop consultative skills.

In our mission to deliver high-quality lectures, after each lecture residents are asked to complete an evaluation form that assesses: lecture objectives, quality, clarity and clinical usefulness. Feedback is provided to lecturers based on resident evaluations. A multiple-choice written exam will be given quarterly to assess residents' knowledge of the completed lecture block.

Lecture Series Blocks

  • Preoperative Evaluation
  • General Anesthetics
  • Neuromuscular Anesthesia
  • Monitoring
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Vascular Anesthesia
  • Thoracic Anesthesia
  • Neuro Anesthesia
  • Obstetrical Anesthesia
  • Neonatal Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Outpatient Anesthesia
  • Advanced Airway
  • ENT Anesthesia
  • Geriatric Anesthesia
  • Orthopedia Anesthesia
  • Renal Anesthesia
  • Hepatobiliary Anesthesia
  • Genitourinary Anesthesia
  • Endocrine Anesthesia
  • Laparoscopic Anesthesia
  • Bariatric Anesthesia
  • Trauma Anesthesia
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Remote Site Anesthesia
  • Hyperbaric/Hypobaric Anesthesia
  • PACU
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Acute Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Professional Lecture Series


SimMan, a state-of-the-art clinical simulator at Baystate's Simulation Center, gives residents additional opportunities to integrate real-time thinking with hands-on experience during monthly sessions.

Journal Club

An attending-moderated Journal Club is held every other month on Thursday evenings to afford residents an opportunity to review relevant journal articles in each subspeciality area. All residents are expected to attend unless they are on-call or vacation.

Problem-Oriented Case Presentations

Interesting clinical cases with complex management strategies, challenging clinical scenarios and a variety of critical events are presented monthly for discussion in an effort to facilitate real-time thinking, develop the ability to generate complex differential diagnoses, and fine-tune clinical judgment.

Oral Board Preparation Program

Residents will participate in a Mock Oral Examination or Consultant's Corner session once a month to foster anesthesia consultative skills. Questions will be manufactured to parallel the ABA Oral Board Examination. Consultant's Corner is similar to an oral board examination, except that residents are divided into three groups (CA1s - CA3s) and are asked to dissect one question at a time. CA1s are given the first opportunity to respond to an attending-generated question, CA2s are given a chance to modify the response, and CA3s provide the last opportunity to reformat the answer before the attending provides useful feedback to all 3 groups. Consultant's Corner provides instantaneous feedback in an oral board format.

Written Board Preparation Program

Keyword review sessions are held monthly from September - June to address identified areas of weaknesses based on the July in-training examination results. Questions will be reviewed in a written board format.

Block Curriculum

CA1 (PG2) Curriculum

Obstetric Anesthesia
1 month
Pediatric Anesthesia
1 month
Neuro Anesthesia
1 month
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
1 month
Pain Management
1 month
Critical Care
1 month
Ambulatory Anesthesia
1 month
Advanced Airway
1 month
1 month

CA2 (PG3) Curriculum

2 months
1 month
1 month
1 month
Intensive Care Unit
1 month
1 month
2 months
1 month


1 month

CA3 (PG4) Curriculum

The resident has a choice of 2 rotation tracks: Advanced Clinical or Clinical Scientist Track.

The resident can do rotation from 1 to 6 months in any subspecialty.

Sample Call Schedule

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
          *Anesthesia Call *Off
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
*Anesthesia Call *Off   *Anesthesia Call *Off    
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
  *Anesthesia Call *Off        
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
            *Anesthesia Call
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
*Off       *Anesthesia Call *Off  

Sample Rotation Schedule

Surgery Surgery Surgery NF/Anesth Med Ward CCU
Amb Ped CCU NF/Anesth Surgery Surgery Surgery
  Surgery Surgery Surgery Amb Ped
CCU ER Med Ward APS ICU Anesth/NF
Anesth/NF Med Ward ER ICU Amb Ped Med Ward
Surgery Surgery Surgery Amb Ped CCU NF/Anesth
Consult APS Anesth/NF Med Ward ER ICU
Consult APS Med Ward ER Amb Ped ICU
APS Med Ward ER ICU Consult Med Ward
Med Ward NF/Anesth CCU APS Med Ward ICU
Surgery Surgery Surgery Consult Med Ward Amb Ped
Consult CCU APS Surgery Surgery Surgery
Med Ward Consult ICU ER APS Med Ward
Surgery Surgery Surgery Amb Ped CCU Med Ward

ICU - Intensive Care Unit
CCU - Coronary Care Unit (elective)
Amb Ped - Ambulatory Pediatrics
Echo - echocardiography
Neuro - Neurology (elective)
ER - Emergency Medicine
Pulmonary (elective)
Surgery - Surgery
GI - Gastroenterology (elective)
Med/Ward - Medicine on the Wards
APS - Acute Pain Service (elective)
Consult - Medicine Consult Service
Anesth - Anesthesia (elective)
Night Float - Medicine Night Float
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