Clinical Anesthesia Training Years

Details of the clinical anesthesia training in the Anesthesiology Residency for post-graduate years (PGY) 2, 3, and 4.

CA-1 (PGY-2)

  • 4 to 6 months general Operating Room (OR) experience
  • 1-month Adult Critical Care Medicine
  • 1-month Airway
  • 1-month Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  • 1-month Obstetrical
  • 1/2-month Perioperative Medicine
  • 1/2-month Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
  • 1/2-month Echo
  • 1/2-month Acute Pain Service
  • ACLS certification course
  • ATLS certification course
  • Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM-1) simulation course

CA-2 (PGY-3)

  • 1-month block rotations in the following anesthesia subspecialties:
    • Adult Critical Care Medicine
    • Ambulatory
    • Cardiothoracic
    • Obstetrical
    • Neuro
    • Pain Management
    • Pediatric
    • Regional
    • Vascular
  • 2 months of general OR experience
  • 1/2-month Echo
  • 1/2-month Perioperative Medicine 
  • Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM-2) simulation course

CA-3 (PGY-4)

  • Opportunities to pursue the Advanced Clinical Track (ACT), Clinical Scientist Track (CST), or the Leadership Preventive Medicine (LPM) Track are available
  • Mandatory rotations in Pediatric Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Transition to Practice, Ambu, 2 general OR .5 Echo, .5 NORA, and .5 APS account for 7.5 months experience
  • 4.5 months for elective rotations in subspecialty areas of anesthetic practice and/or research
  • Echo: We are moving towards an educational structure that will hopefully allow all residents to achieve basic certification in TEE
  • Offsite OB and Pediatric Anesthesia electives are offered
  • ACLS re-certification
  • Neonatal Resuscitation certification
  • Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM-3) simulation course

Selective CA-3 opportunities

The International Pediatric Anesthesia elective provides CA-3 residents with the opportunity to practice anesthesia in a third-world setting. This typically 2-week elective is offered on a competitive basis to residents who have demonstrated exceptional ability and interest. Usually, 3 to 4 trips are conducted per year.