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Anesthesiology Residency Curriculum


A comprehensive 3-year Core Curriculum has been compiled to review all anesthesia subspecialities, including quality improvement and practice management, during your residency training. All Section Chiefs review and update lecture topics within their area of expertise annually. Lectures are being held Monday through Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 PM in the Anesthesia Conference Room.

We also developed an Introductory CA-1 Resident Lecture Series that runs from July 1st through mid-September and is designed to familiarize CA-1 residents with basic anesthesia principles and concepts necessary to pass the Basic ABA examination. Introductory CA-1 resident lectures are held Monday through Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 PM in the Anesthesia Conference Room.

Interspersed within the 3-year Core Curriculum are Monthly Mock Oral Board Exams, Problem-Oriented Case Presentations, Group and CA-level Simulations, Written Board / Key Word Reviews, and Journal Clubs.

Every effort is made to integrate didactic knowledge with clinical experience during resident lectures and simulations to foster independent thinking and develop consultative skills.

In our mission to deliver high-quality lectures and simulations, residents are asked to complete an evaluation form in New Innovations after each learning opportunity, so that we can provide lecturers and simulation instructors with timely performance feedback.

Lecture Series Blocks

  • Preoperative Evaluation
  • General Anesthetics
  • Monitoring
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Vascular Anesthesia
  • Thoracic Anesthesia
  • Neuro Anesthesia
  • Obstetrical Anesthesia
  • Neonatal Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Outpatient Anesthesia
  • Advanced Airway
  • ENT Anesthesia
  • Geriatric Anesthesia
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia
  • Renal Anesthesia
  • Genitourinary Anesthesia
  • Hepatobiliary Anesthesia
  • Endocrine Anesthesia
  • Laparoscopic Anesthesia
  • Bariatric Anesthesia
  • Trauma Anesthesia
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Remote Site Anesthesia
  • PACU
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Acute Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Quality Improvement
  • Practice Management

Oral Board Preparation Program

You will participate in Mock Oral Board Exam sessions monthly to help you prepare for the ABA Applied Examination. Certified ABA Oral Board Examiners moderate these sessions.

Problem-orientated Case Presentations

Interesting cases with complex management strategies are presented by faculty for discussion periodically in an effort to facilitate real time thinking, develop your ability to generate complex differential diagnoses expeditiously, and fine tune clinical judgment.


Our Simulation Center's new Gaumard simulator gives you additional opportunity to integrate real-time thinking with hands-on experience during biomonthly simulation sessions. This is excellent opportunity for you to integrate differential diagnoses into clinical practice and fine tune essential skills, such as running a code and employing crew/crisis resource management principles.

Our new Simbionix TEE/TTE simulation trainer is an integral part of our cardiac education curriculum and helps prepare you for the Basic PTEeEXAM.

Written Board Preparation Program

Drs. D’Souza and Martin present Written Board / Key Word Review sessions every month from September through June to review frequently missed ITE Key Words and concepts. Dr. D’Souza also organizes a high stakes Northeast Written Board Review course annually each January.

Journal Club

Journal Club is held every other month and is moderated by CA-2 and CA-3 residents under the mentorship of assigned faculty. A member of the epidemiology and biostatistics department is invited to attend Journal Club presentations, in an effort to provide additional insight into critical literature review.

Journal club affords you the opportunity to understand how research conclusions assist in developing evidence based medicine and best practices guidelines.


You are expected to participate in a research project during your residency training. Examples of resident research projects include: Medically Challenging Cases, Abstracts, Letters to the Editor, writing book chapters, continuation of an existing research project and/or initiation of a new research project.

Block Curriculum

CA-1 Curriculum

  • 3-4 months General
  • 1 month OB
  • 1 month APS
  • 1 month Pedi
  • 1 month Ambulatory
  • 1 month Advanced Airway
  • 3 months Subspecialty (Neuro, Thoracic, Vascular)
  • ½ month PAE

CA-2 Curriculum

  • 2 months Cardiac
  • 1 month Vascular
  • 1 month Thoracic
  • 1 month CPS
  • 1 month ICU
  • 1 month Regional
  • 1 month Advanced Airway
  • 1 month Neuro
  • 1 month Pedi
  • 1 month Ambulatory
  • ½ month PACU
  • ½ month Remote Site

CA-3 Curriculum

  • 1 month ICU
  • 1 month Advanced Regional
  • Subspecialty Electives or Research

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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