Opportunity for research exists at all levels of training. Residents are encouraged to participate in one of the many ongoing research projects as well as to design their own and to present their work at scientific meetings. One to two residents have the opportunity to devote a six-month portion of their CA-3 year to the Clinical Scientist Track.
Grand Rounds ProgramResidents are invited to participate in our Grand Rounds program, including the popular "The Myths of Anesthesia" session. Recent presentations have included "Succinylcholine is Contraindicated in Burn Patients", "Phenylephrine is Contraindicated in Obstetrical Anesthesia", "Anesthetic Technique Can Reduce Perioperative Cost", "All Patients Should Receive Anti-emetics" and "Hypothyroid Patients Should Not Be Corrected Before Coronary Surgery".
Residents are required to take the annual American Board of Anesthesiology In-Training Examination to prepare for the ABA Written Board Certification Exam. They research questions that are frequently answered incorrectly, and then write a synposis on the key word phrases. At the end of the year, a manual of key words is given to residents to help them study for the exam. In order to track their didactic progress, residents take the standardized Anesthesia Knowledge Test when they arrive and then again after one month, six months, and 18 months.