Didactics

Lectures are presented daily by the faculty to the residents and medical students.

  • Monday afternoons there are two lectures including Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, in which lectures of interest are presented by UAB faculty and/or Visiting Professors, and core curriculum lectures given by faculty.
  • Tuesday mornings, an hour long Continuous Quality Improvement Lecture is presented.
  • Monday and Wednesday mornings, 30-minute Key Word sessions are presented by a resident and faculty pair.
  • Thursday mornings, a 30-minute mock oral board format is used by faculty to present interesting clinical scenarios and provide residents experience in this format of testing.
  • Friday mornings, a 30 minute morning report consists of faculty lead discussion of interesting cases for the week alternating with a basic lecture series aimed at reviewing the core concepts learned during the CA-1 year.

Most subspecialiaty rotations conduct independent lecture series for residents and students on those rotations.

Journal Club

Journal Club is held approximately eight times per year to discuss relevant recent articles.

Simulation

UAB Department of Anesthesiology has recently opened a state-of-the-art simulation center.  High fidelity simulation sessoins will be part of every resident's training experience starting with simulation during the New Resident Tutorial sessions.  Topics addressed include basic skills such as trouble shooting an anesthesia machine early in traiing, complex cases, unusual cases to which residents may have limited exposure, communication issues, team leadership, and crisis management.  At times, multidisciplinary simulation sessions are conducted.  While all these are also addressed through traditional clinical and didactic training, simulation provides a unique environment in which to approach these topics.

Difficult Airway Workshop

Each year the department sponsors a half-day training session addressing management of patients with difficult airrways.  Both brief didactic sessions and hands on opportunities with mulitple airway devices are provided.

Annual Review Course

The Department of Anesthesiology sponsors an annual review course with world-renowned experts in the February earch year.  Residents are encouraged to attend and their registration fee is provided by the department.  This course provides an excellent chance for residents to hear from leaders in our field.

New Resident Tutorials

During July each year, new residents participate in tutorials to facilitate their transition into the field of anesthesiology.  These activities include traditional lectures, on line tutorials, simulation, and small group case-based discussions.  In addition, new residents are assigned more senior residents as mentors during the first one to two months of training.

Basic TEE Certification During Residency Training

Basic PTEeXAM Lecture Series/Introduction to Perioperative TEE

Beginning with the academic year starting July 1, 2011, the UAB Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology will offer an introductory program in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to all residents.  A comprehensive lecture series covering all essential content of the Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography exam (Basic PTeEXAM) will be given biannually.  Faculty who are board-certified in perioperative TEE will perform all lectures.  These lectures will be supplemented with weekly echo reading sessions, in which faculty review recent TEE exams performed with residents and fellows.  In addition, dedicated time will be allocated to all residents throughout their training to gain hands-on experience in performing TEE exams in the operating room and intensive care unit settings.  The ultimate goal of this program will be to prepare all residents graduating from UAB to take the Basic PTeEXAM before graduation, as well as perform the required number of exams to become eligible for Basic TEE certification.  By the completion of their residency, all residents will have the opportunity to become facile in using TEE as an additional perioperative monitor in non-cardiac surgery.  In addition, the department will continue its well-established lecture series preparing residents and fellows to take the Advanced PTeEXAM, which covers more advanced topics specifically related to the use of TEE in cardiac surgery.