The residency is divided into four basic educational periods. The internship year provides an excellent background in general medical knowledge and skills prior to starting Anesthesiology training. After completion of internship residents begin their Clinical Anesthesiology training. The first year starts with Basic Orientation, and progresses to a generalized clinical year. The CA-2 subspecialty year is followed by the CA-3 year which includes many elective options to individualize training. All rotations and assignments that are required by the American Board of Anesthesiology are provided for our residents in our local integrated and affiliated institutions in the Birmingham area.
During basic orientation, all new residents are assigned to a senior resident preceptor and faculty advisor for the first month of clinical anesthesia training. During this introductory period, the new resident learns the daily operation of an anesthesia resident. Basic clinical patient care skills are learned, as well as duties and responsibilities of a resident at UAB. At the end of the first month the residents begin working on their own in the operating room with very close faculty supervision. This system eases transition to operative patient care.
During the first two months, in addition to other conferences, the new residents attend a series of introductory tutorial lectures and discussions covering basic topics in anesthesia. Small group instruction on the anesthesia simulator is used for equipment checkout and induction training.
One of the strengths of the training program is the variety, acuity, and volume of clinical experience.