Residents provide anesthesia for over 70,000 cases conducted within the URMC system. Beginning with close observation during orientation, the level of attending supervision is adjusted for each resident according to their skill and abilities allowing more senior residents much more responsibility, even with advanced anesthetics. This develops confidence and the highest level of performance. Being a large tertiary care center with a wide catchment area, most anesthetics are delivered under one roof, but encompass a variety of clinical areas including the MRI suite, the Electrophysiology and Cardiac Catheterization lab, the Gastroenterology Suite, and Electroconvulsive Therapy, to name a few. Beyond daily OR experiences, URMC also provides a nearly unparalleled education in acute trauma care. Strong Memorial Hospital is the only Level I trauma center in the Finger Lakes region supplying the highest level of care to over 1.2 million people.
The URMC faculty members have been trained in many different institutions: Thus, they can each teach the core curriculum while including unique methods and techniques in order to broaden the clinical as well as the didactic education.
PGY1, PGY 2 and PGY 3 residents provide anesthesia care for the general range of surgical, gynecologic, and obstetrical patients. Over time, residents are involved in progressively more difficult cases and will have rotations on subspecialty services. PGY 4 residents are flexible within the guidelines of the ABA and RRC, and involve management of the most complex and difficult cases. Clinical subspecialty rotations are assigned during the PGY 4 year.