Directed by Vice Chair for Education Dr. Karin Zuegge and Residency Program Director Dr. Christopher Darling, the Department of Anesthesiology’s Division of Education is committed to recruiting learners from diverse backgrounds and cultivating an equitable and inclusive educational environment. Guided by the recommendations of the ACGME Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, we seek to foster a culture of respect and support for all faculty and learners.
We’re proud to offer comprehensive and innovative education programs in all facets of anesthesiology training. We provide robust clinical training for our 3rd and 4th year medical students, including core student rotations in general anesthesiology, subspecialty electives, and an intern preparedness course required for students entering anesthesiology specialty residencies. Our nationally recognized and competitive GME programs consist of residencies and fellowship training programs, providing outstanding surgical training for residents and fellows interested in the full range of surgical careers.
We also provide multiple opportunities for CME, ranging from traditional didactic CME programming and web access to our Departmental Grand Rounds. All of our learners benefit from a mature and well-resourced simulation curriculum, our leadership in surgical education research, and our commitment to faculty development in education.
The Department of Anesthesiology accepts medical students in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Shapiro Summer Research Program. These students conduct eight to 10 weeks of mentored research in the summer between the first and second years to work on a hypothesis-driven project in basic science, clinical and translational research, health services, population/public health or global health. We also participate every year in the Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Summer Program with FAER. Anesthesiology residents have dedicated research time to work with faculty on existing research projects or on a project of their own design.
Led by Dr. Deborah Rusy, residents can participate in global anesthesia efforts (including clinical service, education and training and research) to support patients and providers in low- and middle-income countries. Simulation: Residents participate in simulation activities throughout their training. First-year simulations focus on procedural skills such as central line placement and advanced airway management. Clinical anesthesia sessions offer active training for crisis scenarios and rare anesthesia-related events and provide practice in difficult patient scenarios.
Faculty and residents participate in our yearly series of in-person and virtual interactive workshops to improve their teaching skills. Recent topics include giving effective feedback and successfully mentoring learners.
Residents and fellows have the opportunity to teach in many settings including leading medical student small-group sessions, teaching procedural skills in the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program and teaching students and junior residents in the operating room.
Continuing Education for Faculty:
MOCA, Arndt Airway, GE course: Among other continuing education opportunities, we provide a course titled Simulation in Anesthesia for the Practicing Anesthesiologist that fulfills the simulation education requirement for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA)® Part IV (Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement).
Undergraduate Shadowing Program: We support UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s pre-health advising program that connects undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with mentors in the health care professions.
For more information visit: https://prehealth.wisc.edu/health-professions-shadowing-program.
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