1-month rotations typically consisting of
- Anesthesia subspeciality rotation including OB, regional, pediatrics
- Anesthesia-directed SICU
- Anesthesia pain clinic
Introductory lecture series
Given in the first month of the two-month lecture series, the following management topics and techniques essential to successful career in anesthesiology are given.
- Sleep deprivation
- Work-life balance
- Substance abuse
- Malpractice issues
Drug & equipment practicum
The practicum gives residents the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the following topics.
- Medical dilution and labeling
- IV tubing
- Blood transfusions
- Infusion pumps
A two-part simulator experience provides residents an opportunity to hone their abilities in a safe and realistic environment.
- Anesthesia induction
- Maintenance and emergence
- Tracheal intubation
- Call readiness
Core lectures geared for success on the ABA part 1 exam given at the end of the CA-1 year
Read more about the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC (Staged) Exams
- Anesthetic pharmacology
- Neuromuscular blockade
- Autonomic nervous system
- Pre-op and post-op management
Anesthesia Knowledge Test
Given on day 1 of residency training and again after one and six months of training, the AKT assesses the areas of greatest deficiency in residents and allows implementation of learning strategies to assist with resident success.
- Critical care anesthesia
We find learning is best achieved with rotation-specific lectures presented during the resident's time in that subspecialty. The following lectures will be provided while specializing in each area.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
- 3 mornings per week pediatric care lectures
- Bimonthly multidisciplinary case or topic-based conference with pediatric surgery and pediatric critical care
- Weekly conferences at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
- Monthly online grand rounds broadcast for resident evaluation and commentary
- Weekly problem-based learning session
- Weekly case-based learning sessions and high yield topics
- Weekly case-based learning sessions
- Weekly case based-specific lectures and high-yield topics
We offer two workshops for CA-2 residents: conflict resolution and transitioning to practice.
Transitioning to practice
- Job interviews
- CV preparation
- Private vs academic practice
- Money management
- Life insurance
CA-3s have a mix of general OR and subspecialty rotations, along with some rotations in private practice settings. As stated above (CA-2 year), the subspecialty rotations offer their own focused lectures. In addition, residents have weekly problem-based learning discussions from September through March, followed by three months of Board review lectures.
We strive to provide every opportunity for residents to successfully complete their board exams.
- Keyword reviews
- Mock oral exams
- Journal club
- Board review course
- Visiting professor lecture series
Friday conference series
As part of the scholarship and discovery experience and to encourage collegiality, we have a Friday Conference series and faculty, residents, and medical students are encouraged to attend.
- Morbidity and mortality conferences
- Grand rounds
- Case conferences
- Anesthesia board Jeopardy
- Quality improvement topics
In addition to the didactic program, residents who express interest will find ample opportunity to conduct research and complete scholarly projects in their area of interest. This can be in the form of 3-9 months of protected time during the 48 month curriculum (intern through residency). We also provide support to present scholarly work at scientific meetings. The Department is proud of its NIH funded T-32 grant providing significant research support for residents wishing to invest up to 23 months of research time in a 60-month curriculum. For more information on research opportunities refer to the Anesthesiology Physician Scientist Development Program.
We encourage professional networking by matching 3-5 residents and a mentor with shared interests. The mentoring relationship is designed to provide the resident grouping with personal and professional support throughout the residency.