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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.


  • Rotations include
    • Medical ICU
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Palliative Care
    • Medicine Wards
    • Cardiology Consult
    • Pulmonology Consult
    • Fundamentals in Ultrasound
    • Preoperative (PREP) Clinic
    • Clinical Anesthesia
    • Clinical Information Systems/Patient Safety


  • Rotations for the first half of the year  include:
    • Intensive 1-week orientation “Boot Camp”
    • Paired 1:1 with attending during first month
    • General OR Rotations
    • Outpatient Surgery Center
    • PREP Clinic rotation
    • PACU rotation
    • Acute Pain Management rotation
  • 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)


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
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU)
  • Regional Block/ Post-Operative Pain Management
  • Pain Medicine
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Vascular Thoracic Anesthesiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Out of OR Anesthesia


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
  • OR Management and Supervision

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
  • Surgical Critical Care (SCU)
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Neuro Anesthesiology
  • Medical Direction/ Supervision of CRNA’s at Southern Maine Medical Center

Additional Curriculum Information

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

Residents train at the State-of-the-art Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation & Simulation





Anesthesiology journal club meeting outside around a fire pit

  • Mentored by department faculty
  • Held four times per year
  • Residents instructed on how to interpret data
  • Residents present articles and then lead the discussions




  • Mock oral boards are given three times per year (all classes)
  • Monthly written board preparation with various staff members
  • Several ABA Oral Board Examiners within the department who ensure continuity with the ABA’s procedures
  • Oral Board and OSCE simulation for CA3 residents
  • Monthly oral board preparation with chair
  • Board preparation materials provided by department
  • Required books are purchased for all residents by the department