From UWSMPH - Department of Anesthesiology
The success of a residency program comes from the integration of enthusiastic, knowledgeable faculty, motivated residents, a quality didactic program, a challenging surgical caseload, and opportunities for clinical and basic science investigation. The UW Anesthesiology training program excels at each of these. More than ninety-nine percent of UW graduates have gone on to become diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology over the past twenty years, and our residents have consistently performed highly on the In-Training Exam and Basic Anesthesia Board Examinations.
UW's educational program is multifaceted and continuously evolving. The didactic program is centered around a level-specific curriculum with separate presentations for residents at the CA-1 and CA2/3 level. Each resident completes a thirty-six-month program of lectures, discussions, and problem-based learning discussions (PBLDs), each designed specifically to take into account the experience and educational needs of that group of residents. The series covers the broad spectrum of topics in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, along with transesophageal echocardiography, physics, fundamentals of research, and practice management. All topics are presented by faculty with a strong focus on interaction and discussion. The Department's Grand Rounds series and Ralph M. Waters Visiting Professor program bring local, regional, national and international authorities who showcase the cutting edge of anesthesiology practice and science. Incorporated into the Grand Rounds calendar is the Senior Resident Grand Rounds series. Each CA-3 resident receives faculty mentorship in selecting a scholarly topic and preparing a Grand Rounds lecture to deliver to the department.
The weekly Case Conference provides anesthesiology faculty and residents with a venue to discuss interesting and complex cases. The often-lively interchange focuses on the clinical judgment and patient management issues that make anesthesiology a fascinating field, while serving as a vital component of preparation for the anesthesiology oral board examination.
Echo Rounds occurs monthly providing a learning and discussion forum for case-based interpretation of transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiographic studies, highlighting issues related to study acquisition, interpretation, reporting, and clinical case management.
Several subspecialty-specific journal clubs (e.g., regional anesthesia and acute pain, pediatric anesthesia, and chronic pain) and the core Resident Journal Club is available for resident education. They all feature both current and classic articles and focus on developing an understanding of literature interpretation and the fundamentals of clinical trials. The core Resident Journal Club is offered monthly, and highlights relevant and recent research in a plethora of topic areas regional anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, trauma, airway management, critical care medicine, orthopedic anesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia, transplant anesthesia, chronic pain, non-operating room (NORA) anesthesia, operating room team function, perioperative medicine, and “recent advances in anesthesia, medicine, and surgery,” amongst others. Resident Journal Club is resident-focused sessions with resident literature presentations mentored by interested faculty. These sessions often generate lively, rich discussions and thoughts for future practice and research.