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The program is built around a carefully planned didactic framework that exposes residents to the material contained within the Content Outline of the In-Training Exam of the American Board of Anesthesiology. This material is used as a basis for the written component of the anesthesiology boards. We have divided the subject matter in the Content Outline into a lecture series that is broken down into two hours of formal didactics each week. We have found, almost without exception, that if a resident attends this lecture series and studies independently he or she will pass the written component of the boards. In addition, each resident is given access to the TrueLearn question bank to help them prepare for their written exams.
We offer a Visiting Professor Lecture Series, weekly Patient Safety Conferences, and weekly Keyword Conferences. Chemical dependency and stress management seminars are an integral part of training. Journal Club to encourage critical evaluation of current anesthesia literature. Participation in the Louisiana Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists and Subspecialty Society meetings is encouraged. In addition to our didactic program, we provide simulated oral board exams throughout the residency so that residents become familiar and comfortable with this format.
In addition to regular mock oral examinations, preparation for board exams includes annual review sessions. All residents take the annual in-service exam. CA1 and CA2 residents take the Anesthesia Knowledge Test (AKT) and CA3 residents take the Anesthesiology Continuing Education (ACE) exam mid-year. Written summative evaluations of each resident are prepared twice a year; formative evaluations and feedback is given daily. Residents also evaluate staff, rotations, and the program. Residents are mentored throughout the years of clinical anesthesia training. Residents are counseled in career choices and assisted in obtaining future employment or fellowship positions. We provide simulated oral board exams as well as objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) preparation throughout the residency.