The didactic curriculum provides residents with the knowledge necessary to serve as a perioperative consultant anesthesiologist. Residents will apply the information presented in the didactic sessions to their clinical practice and develop an understanding of the science of anesthesiology.
The curriculum includes both basic sciences and clinical components and is structured to comprise one full academic year, beginning in July and concluding the following June. Attendance is mandatory for residents who are not on leave, and a satisfactory attendance record is defined as attending 80% or more of the lectures and conferences. Residents will be relieved of clinical duties to attend.
Generally, these meetings are held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Anesthesia Library. The time frame indicated below is a guideline for the instructor and may be varied as deemed necessary.
Lecture by Residents: For approximately one hour, a lecture is given based on a chapter of the core textbook, Clinical Anesthesiology, 4th edition. This core lecture series reviews the breadth of basic concepts of anesthesia practice and repeats on an eighteen month cycle.
Advanced Anesthesia Topics: Subspecialists of anesthesiology lead a one hour discussion in their respective fields of interest. All subspecialties of anesthesia are covered in a 12 month repeating cycle.
Resident ABA Keyword Review: Four sample American Board of Anesthesiology key words will be presented to the residents. These keywords provide a forum for discussion and as a mechanism of individual assessment, study, and review. These keywords are comprehensively reviewed to promote an appreciation of the fund of knowledge required for successful performance on certifying examinations.
CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, SEMINARS, AND ROUNDS:
Weekly and Monthly conferences, meetings, seminars, and rounds are designated for a variety of topics throughout the year and include Grand Rounds, Visiting Professorships, Morbidity and Mortality presentations, Journal Club, Mock Oral Examinations, Case Conferences, and various other forums for the presentation of selected topics.
Journal Club: In addition to the above curriculum, the department will have a monthly Journal Club led by various faculty members, in which residents and staff will present interesting and relevant articles selected by staff members and residents. This will not only encourage the residents to follow peer-reviewed journals but will also help them develop skills necessary to read such material critically.
Resident Mock Oral Examinations: Mock oral exams will be held monthly and are designed to prepare the residents for successful completion of the American Board of Anesthesiology certification process.
Practice Management Conference: Faculty from our practice management fellowship as well as members of the faculty of the Freeman School of Business and the Tulane School of Public Health lead discussions of a wide range of topics. The goal of this conference series is to arm our residents with many of the requisite tools required for success in the business of medicine.
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