Anesthesiology residents spend a minimum of four months in critical care during their PGY-1 through CA-3 years. During their PGY-1 year, anesthesiology residents spend eight weeks in SICU, working alongside surgery PGY-1 residents. When they return for another four weeks in the SICU and CTICU in their CA-1 year, they act as “senior-juniors” and supervise the anesthesiology and surgery PGY-1 residents. In the SICU, the teaching emphasis is on the fundamentals of critical care, acute pain management, nutritional support, and management of sepsis.
During their CA-2 year, anesthesiology residents spend four weeks in CTICU, working alongside CA-1 surgery residents, physician assistants, and acute-care nurse practitioners. In CTICU the teaching emphasis is on the complex hemodynamic and ventilatory management of postoperative cardiac surgical patients.
We offer CA-3 residents the opportunity to do a four-week elective in critical care, in SICU or CTICU or both. The CA-3 residents function as junior fellows, sharing call coverage and working together with the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine fellows to supervise and teach PGY-1 through CA-2 residents.