Curriculum

PGY I - 12 months

  • 5 months of general inpatient internal medicine
  • 1 month of Neuro ICU
  • 1 month of Critical Care Medicine
  • 1 month of Introduction to Clincial Anesthesiology
  • 1 month each of pulmonary consult, cardiology, elective, emergency medicine

PGY II - 12 months

  • 6 months of general operating room anesthesia
  • 5 months of subspecialties: adult surgical intensive care, obstetrical, neuro, pediatric, regional or cardiothoracic anesthesia
  • 2 weeks of PACU
  • 2 weeks of Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH)
  • 2 weeks of preop evaluation clinic

PGY III - 12 months

  • 1-2 months each cardiothoracic, pediatric, obstetrical and neurosurgical anesthesia, adult surgical intensive care, pain medicine, regional, abdominal transplant anesthesia, and general OR within the institution
  • Trauma at LSUHSC

PGY IV - 12 months

  • Advanced Anesthesia Training
  • Electives
  • Practice Management/TAP
  • Liver Transplant Anesthesia
  • 2 weeks of Transesophageal Echocardiograpy (TEE)
  • 2 weeks of Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH)

PGY V - 12 months

Didactics and Lecture Series

The program is built around a carefully planned didactic framework that exposes residents over the course of a two-year cycle 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.

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.

Weekly Lecture Schedule

  • Resident Lecture Series
  • Patient Safety Conference
  • Keyword Conferences
  • Simulator Experience

Monthly/Quarterly Schedule

  • Visiting Professor Lecture Series
  • Journal Club
  • Research Meeting

Examination and Evaluation

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.