Residents are exposed to an intense curriculum consisting of structured didactics as well as clinical training. They begin their first year under the direct supervision of a faculty and resident mentor.
The didactic curriculum provides the foundation of knowledge in subjects such as preoperative evaluation, patient monitoring and the anesthesia machine. During this time, first year residents do not have call responsibilities; this frees them to spend more time in the operating room and to focus on learning the basics.
First year residents rotate through the acute pain service, surgical intensive care, pre-admission testing, and operating rooms in both the ambulatory, in-patient operating rooms as well as the VA hospital. The goal is to establish a strong foundation in the clinical practice of anesthesiology in preparation for the subspecialty rotations in second year.Second year residents rotate through the subspecialties including pediatric anesthesia and acute pain management, obstetrics, cardiac anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, thoracic, vascular surgery, surgical intensive care as well as at the West-Haven VA hospital. During the course of the year, residents have the opportunity to mentor first year residents as well as medical students.
Quality of Life
We know that the residency experience is intense. Therefore, we’ve scheduled a variety of events and activities to help residents relax. They include: weekly pick-up basketball games at the Payne Whitney gymnasium, weekend getaways to state parks for barbeques, beaches, or even New York. In addition, we host several annual events, such as Girls' Night Out, Paintball battles and picnics with the chairman.