Curriculum and Didactics
Our program takes great pride in providing an excellent didactic program. We assume that residents starting at the CA-1 level (PGY-2) have no prior experience in anesthesiology. To ease the transition to our specialty, with its unique skills, pharmacology and drug delivery systems, we offer a comprehensive orientation. For the first four weeks, new residents work one-on-one with faculty or senior residents, and break out to attend daily introductory lectures. Our faculty lecture series covers the Content Outline, as published by the ABA-ASA Joint Council on In-Training Examinations. Our education mission is further enhanced by morning report, monthly journal club conference, research conference, morbidity and mortality conference, and board review sessions.
The initial year at WVU gives our interns time to experience both surgical and medical subspecialties, allowing them to not only become well-rounded physicians but also to get to know the clinicians who they will be working with on a daily basis during residency.
Surgical months include ICU, Pediatric and Neurosurgery, OB/Gyn, ENT, and Anesthesiology
Medical months include Neurology, Pulmonology, Medicine Wards, MICU/PICU, and Emergency Medicine
The first complete anesthesia year involves a combination of basic anesthesia training (BAT) as well as subspecialties.
7 months of BAT and rotations in OB, Regional and Acute Pain (RAP), Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Pre-Admission Unit, SICU
The second year includes intermediate anesthesia training (IAT) as well as more advanced subspecialties.
2 months of IAT, Pediatrics, Cardiovascular, and Neurosurgery, plus 1 month rotations in RAP, Chronic Pain, OB, and SICU.
The final year allows flexibility to tailor rotations according to the interests of each resident.
6 months of advanced anesthesia training (AAT), with options to do: RAP, Chronic Pain, OB, TEE, Research, Pediatrics, Cardiovascular, Neurosurgery, or Ambulatory.
Lectures are held once a week in the afternoon for a 3 hour period. CA0s and CA1s share a lecture, and CA2s and CA3s share a separate lecture day. Interns are excused from their rotations to come to lectures every week, allowing them a jump start in learning anesthesiology. All lectures are given by anesthesiology attendings and include a didactic lecture, either questions or problem-based learning, and keywords relevant to board exams. The lecture series covers the content outline published by the ABA-ASA Joint Council on In-Training Examination. Some lecture times are dedicated to time in the simulation center or mock oral exams instead, and lectures near ITE and CA-1 ABA Basic exam are focused on board review.
Residents start taking call halfway through their 2nd month of CA-1 year. Each call night consists of a Junior and Senior resident whose responsibilities include covering OB, RAP, and hospital codes in addition to OR cases.
Journal club is held once a month at a local eatery. All residents are expected to attend and 1-2 residents present at each session, choosing from new and clinically useful literature in anesthesia journals. Attendings also come to provide feedback and insight based on their own experience in the ORs.
Grand Rounds are held every Wednesday morning prior to starting in the ORs for that day. Morbidity and Mortality reports by residents, guest speakers, town hall meetings, and lectures by attendings are among the variety found on Wednesday mornings.
Residents are given mock oral exams multiple times a year in preparation for the Oral Board examination after graduation. Exams are tailored to CA3s and CA2s, though CA1s are given the opportunity to participate as well. Mock Oral exams are given by two attendings, simulated as much as possible to the actual exam.