Clinical Base Year (PGY-1)

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  Clinical Base Year (PGY-1)

1-month rotations typically consisting of

  • Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesia pre-op clinic
  • Anesthesia-directed SICU
  • Anesthesia pain clinic
  • Emergency medicine
  • CT and vascular surgery

Three to four months of medicine wards, one month of medicine consult.

Rotation sites

  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Aurora Sinai Hospital

Clinical Anesthesia Program

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  CA-1 Year (PGY-2)

1-month rotations typically consisting of

  • Anesthesiology-General
  • Anesthesia subspecialty 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
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics
  • 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
  • Infusions
  • 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
  • Monitoring
  • 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.

  CA-2 year (PGY-3)

Subspecialty rotations

  • Pain
  • Obstetric
  • Pediatric
  • Regional
  • Neuro
  • Ambulatory
  • Trauma
  • Airway
  • Critical care anesthesia

Rotation-specific lectures

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

Pediatric anesthesia

  • Bimonthly multidisciplinary case or topic-based conference with pediatric surgery and pediatric critical care

OB anesthesia

  • Weekly conferences at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
  • Monthly online grand rounds broadcast for resident evaluation and commentary

Neuro anesthesia

  • Weekly problem-based learning session


  • Weekly case-based learning sessions and high yield topics


  • Weekly case-based learning sessions

Critical care

  • 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
  • Malpractice
  • Disability
  • Life insurance
  CA-3 year (PGY-4)


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.

Board preparation

We strive to provide every opportunity for residents to successfully complete their board exams.

  • Keyword reviews
  • Mock oral exams
  • Journal club
  • Workshops
  • 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.

In an average three-year program, each resident will have had the opportunity to perform the following procedures:

  • 450-500 general anesthesia or monitored anesthesia cases
  • 100 spinal/epidurals
  • 120 other regional nerve blocks
  • 50 PA catheterizations
  • 75 difficult airway cases

Because of the large number of severely ill patients at our academic hospitals, there are numerous opportunities for placing regional anesthetics, inserting central and peripheral catheters, and honing skills in ASA class IV patients.

Rotation sites

  • Froedtert Hospital
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  • St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

Residency Size 2015

Total residency size

  • 66 residents CA-1 to CA-3 years

Positions offered in the Match

  • 17 categorical positions PGY-1 to CA-3
  • 2-4 advanced positions CA-1 to CA-3

Positions offered in the Match as reserve (R)

  • 1-2 CA-1 position for candidates currently in PGY-1 year that qualifies as anesthesia internship. Includes surgery, medicine, and family medicine.

Positions offered outside the Match

  • None