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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

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

CLINICAL ANESTHESIA YEAR 1 (CA1)

  • 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)

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
  • Pain Medicine
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Vascular Thoracic Anesthesiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Out of OR Anesthesia

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
  • 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
  • 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 - 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

  • (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
  • Mentored by department faculty
  • 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