Curriculum

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CLINICAL BASE YEAR (INTERN)

Anesthesia residents at Maine Medical Center complete a medicine preliminary internship prior to their anesthesia training. Residents must have a solid base of medical knowledge to build upon in the following years.

PGY 1 YEAR

  • Split into (26) 2 week blocks
  • Blocks include
    • ICU
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Palliative Care
    • Medicine Wards
  • Anesthesia department blocks
    • Preoperative (PREP) Clinic
    • Clinical Anesthesia
    • Clinical Information Systems

CLINICAL ANESTHESIA YEAR 1 (CA1)

  • Split into (13) Blocks
    • 2 week and 4-week rotations
  • Rotations for the first semester include:
    • Intensive 1-week orientation “Boot Camp”
    • Paired 1:1 with attending during first month
    • General OR Rotations
    • Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Subspecialty rotations for the second semester include:
    • Pediatric Anesthesiology
    • Vascular/ Thoracic Anesthesiology
    • Neuro Anesthesiology
    • Obstetrical Anesthesiology
    • Surgical Critical Care (1 month in second half of CA1 year)

CLINICAL ANESTHESIA YEAR 2 (CA2)

The CA2 year consists of 2 blocks of Advanced Clinical Track (ACT) anesthesiology encompassing advanced general OR cases as well as 9 subspecialty training blocks including:

  • Cardiovascular Anesthesiology (2-months)
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Surgical Critical Care (2-months)
  • Regional Block/ Post-Operative Pain Management
  • Outpatient Pain Management
  • Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Vascular Thoracic Anesthesiology

CLINICAL ANESTHESIA YEAR 3 (CA3)

More flexibility in training, offering 4 elective blocks.

Elective rotations include, but are not limited to:

  • Additional general subspecialty blocks
  • Medical simulation
  • TEE
  • Research
  • International Medicine

Required subspecialty blocks during the CA3 year include:

  • Pre-Admission Unit (outpatient preoperative evaluation)/Preoperative Clinic (PREP)
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Vascular/Thoracic Anesthesiology
  • Regional Block/ Post-Operative Pain Management
  • Obstetrical Anesthesiology
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Neuro Anesthesiology
  • Medical Direction/ Supervision of CRNA’s at Southern Maine Medical Center

Additional Curriculum Information

Didactics & Conferences

Maine Medical Center offers a unique didactic approach where residents have one full non-clinical day per week focusing on didactic lectures, simulation, journal club and scholarly activity.

Didactic Schedule

Wednesday Schedule:
6:15 AM - 7:00 AM  Cardiac Conference (1st & 3rd Wednesdays)-For residents on Cardiac Rotation

Thursday Schedule:
6:15 AM - 7:00 AM  Third Thursday of the Month-Critical Incident Committee
6:15 AM - 7:00 AM  Second Thursday of the Month -Quality Improvement Committee
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   Grand Rounds, Dana Auditorium

Presentations include:

Staff lectures
Visiting lectures
Interactive case conferences
Senior resident lectures

8:00 AM - Noon  Didactic Lecture Series, board review, keyword presentations
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM  Simulation and workshop sessions, Journal Club, or time for scholarly activity work

Simulation Training

Journal Club

  • (10) Meetings per year
  • Mentored by Denham Ward, MD, PhD – Professor & Chair University of Rochester (retired), President of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (retired), and Co-Director of The Academy at MITE
  • Residents present articles and then lead the discussions

Mock Oral Boards

  • Provided to all residents three times per year
  • Several ABA Oral Board Examiners within the department who ensure continuity with the ABA’s procedures
  • Mock OSCE at Simulation Center

Board Prep

  • The department purchases Board Prep materials for all residents
  • Board reviews are held by faculty members monthly

Resident Resources

  • Required books are purchased for all residents by the department