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We offer a variety of educational activities in a host of different modalities—didactic and interactive, in the simulator and in the classroom. Recognizing that our residents are adult learners and process information across different domains, we provide something for everyone. A dedication to current teachings and continual learning means you spend time not only doing procedures and learning the mechanics of Anesthesiology, but also learning about the concepts and reason behind the practices. Weekly conferences, lecture-based learning and interactive activity allow you to learn in a variety of different styles that pushes you to perform at the highest level possible. 

Morning Didactics 

Morning didactic sessions occur primarily on Mondays and Tuesdays and focus on topics and keywords from the American Board of Anesthesiology Content Outline. One session is devoted to Basic Science topics and is delivered by a resident whose presentation is mentored and attended by a faculty member. The other session is devoted to Advanced Clinical topics and is presented by the same attending. We attempt to pair lecture topics so that the Advanced lecture topic builds off of the Basic science lecture. 

Friday morning didactic sessions have a rotating monthly schedule. One Friday each monthly is dedicated to an ABA written exam keyword review through questions. Another sessions uses case vignettes to highlight and review key concepts in the clinical application of Point of Care UltraSound (POCUS). A third Friday is called Journal Review, and is a fast paced review of recent anesthesiology related publications and their implications in the everyday delivery of anesthesia. 

Several of the sub-specialty rotations have their own dedicated morning conferences series as well. 

Example of our weekly didactic schedule:

Sample Didactic Schedule

Education Thursdays 

Dooley Vangellow IVIn addition to morning didactic sessions, about two Thursdays per month are set aside for a single residency class to engage in educational activities. Residents scheduled for these Thursday sessions are protected from clinical duties. Education activities are scheduled from 8 am until 3 pm on these Thursdays. Each class will participate in about 7 sessions during the 2020- 21 academic year. Each Thursday is dedicated to a specific subspecialty or other focused topic, and as appropriate for the class’ level of training.  

Whereas weekly morning didactics are primarily in a traditional, classroom format, we emphasize interactive and experiential educational activities on these Thursdays, such as simulation, task training, and problem based and case based learning. Since anesthesiologists primarily practice in a team based setting, interdisciplinary sessions with residents in surgical sub- specialties are becoming more frequent. 

Example of our Annual Education Day Schedule:

Annual Ed Day Schedule

POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound)

Anesthesiology residents at University of Rochester receive training in multiple point of care ultrasound (POCUS) modalities relevant to the perioperative and emergency settings. The goal for this curriculum is to ensure that each resident will become a trained novice in POCUS through an introduction to US physics and mechanics, a curriculum with gradually increasing case complexity, and repetition of concepts and skills. POCUS

The learning of POCUS involves the acquisition of a set of required competencies including the ability to recognize appropriate indications, obtain and optimize imaging, identify anatomy, interpret normal findings and pathology, and integrate findings into clinical practice. These competencies require a combination of cognitive knowledge, workflow understanding, as well as manual, spatial, and problem-solving skills to be practiced and reinforced longitudinally. This curriculum uses both standard and “flipped classroom” didactics, simulation, and hands-on learning during protected learning sessions to convey, practice, and reinforce the relevant knowledge and skills.

The curriculum includes:

  • A one week intensive bootcamp introducing the basic concepts of POCUS, which takes place in the afternoons during the first week of CBY anesthesia orientation.

  • Yearly Education Thursdays in which new and increasingly complex concepts and skills are introduced during each year of residency training.

  • Monthly Friday morning case conferences reiterating important POCUS concepts and relating them to clinical vignettes.

Board Prep 

Preparation for the ABA written and applied exams is woven throughout our educational activities. As mentioned. weekly morning lectures follow the ABA content outline. ABA keywords and sample questions are reviewed on one Friday per month. A six week written board review is scheduled into the weekly morning conference schedule in May and early June and covers topics on both the Basic and Advanced ABA written exams. 

In addition, two Education Thursdays- one in January of CA2, the other in June of CA3- are dedicated to Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) meant to closely replicate stations on the new ABA applied exam. Residents also participate in at least four mock ABA oral examinations- two in the CA2 year and 2 in the CA3 year- with actual ABA examiners within our department and using stems similar to those used during the ABA exam. 

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