Additional Opportunities for Residents

As a resident, you'll have the opportunity to  participate in various clubs and programs, attend Grand Rounds, conferences, and departmental addresses.

Departmental Activities


Residents are invited and encouraged to participate in departmental committees. Some of the committees we offer include:

  • The Morbidity and Mortality Committee, which reviews complications, presents cases for discussion and develops plans for quality improvement.
  • The Medical Student Education Committee, which helps develop curricula and programs for our medical student education program.
  • The Education Council, which helps improve and assure the quality of the resident education program.

Specialty Workshops

Specialty workshops are scheduled throughout the year. These include:

  • The AirMan™ Simulator to teach residents advanced airway techniques, such as the Fastrach LMA, fiberoptic bronchoscopy and retrograde intubation as well as critical decision making in airway management.
  • The "Anatomic Basis of Regional Anesthesia" workshop, which uses cadaver dissection and multimedia presentation to correlate clinical procedures with the underlying anatomy.
  • The "Pacemaker" workshop, which teaches residents how to use modern pacemaker boxes and to place transvenous pacemakers.

Subspecialty Conferences

Various times. Subspecialty conferences are held to provide a forum for informal discussions between faculty and residents. Subject material may focus on interesting and relevant case management situations or issues that are of current interest within the subspecialty. These seminars are given by the sections of Obstetric Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Cardiac Anesthesia (echocardiography), Neuroanesthesia, Ambulatory Anesthesia, and Pain Management (acute and chronic).

Outside Activities

VA Connecticut Healthcare System Rotation

Although Yale-New Haven Hospital serves as the focal point for residency training, a portion of the educational experience is acquired in our affiliated institutions. Every resident spends a minimum of one or two months of their residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven (3 miles away). 

This gives the resident a chance to work in a different venue and with a the medically complex veteran population. During their chronic pain rotation, each resident spends a month in the offices and procedure rooms of Dr. Lawrence Kirschenbaum, a specialist in the management of chronic pain.

International Organizations

Some members of our attending staff are active in charitable organizations, such as Interplast and Healing the Children. These organizations provide free medical and surgical care to people in developing nations. The attendings who provide anesthesia services during these missions select one resident to join them. This is an honor and a unique opportunity.

Many faculty and residents within the Department of Anesthesiology participate in international humanitarian missions, providing surgical care to children and adults around the world. Many of our humanitarian missions have been led by Dr. Dorothy Gaal, clinical director of the Pediatric Anesthesia section. In the recent past, we have sent groups to Vietnam, Paraguay, China, Thailand and the Philippines.