The training experience for matched applicants with Emory University School of Medicine’s core training program within the Department of Anesthesiology begins with an intense ten-week orientation period. During this time, residents are assigned to clinical cases working one-on-one with a faculty member, an upper-level resident, or an experienced anesthetist. Individual teaching and instruction occurs moment-by-moment throughout this time. Complimenting this period is a series of orientation lectures that covers major introductory topics in the basics of anesthesia. As they progress through this time period, new residents will receive increasing autonomy such that at the completion of this orientation period, residents may be allowed to be in the OR administering anesthesia without continuous supervision for increasing amounts of time. At all times a faculty member is immediately available for consultation, assistance and instruction. The first year (CA-1) is divided between Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital. At each of these locations, residents are assigned to general surgical, gynecological, urological, and orthopedic cases. As the year progresses and their experience increases, residents are assigned to more complex surgical subspecialty cases such as neurological surgery, vascular surgery, and transplants.
Didactic sessions occur each morning at our teaching sites. The Department distributes a keyword list to all teaching sites with monthly assignments to assure that all residents are covering the same keywords regardless of the clinical assignment. The Department has a Grand Rounds lecture series September through June, which occurs each Tuesday afternoon at 5pm. Our Grand Rounds lecture series is based on a 36-month rotation cycle so that regardless of the year that residents begin their training, at the completion of 36 months of clinical anesthesia training, they will have rotated through all the major topics in anesthesia.
The second year of training (CA-2) is dedicated to subspecialty anesthesia training with the residents rotating through Cardiac Anesthesiology, Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, Vascular Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Ambulatory Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.
The third year of training (CA-3) consists of six months of elective rotations and either six months of research or six months of advanced clinical assignments. The advanced clinical assignments are made by the Program Director after review of each individual’s case log reports and clinical evaluations. Also during the CA-3 year, an intense regional anesthesia rotation is provided as well as an advanced preoperative clinical consultation rotation.
Residents take annual written in-training exams as well as Anesthesia Knowledge Test (AKT) exams at various times throughout training. The Department also administers Mock Oral Exams twice a year.
Each resident is evaluated at least once each month. These evaluations are reviewed by the Program Director and the Clinical Competency Committee. Once the evaluations have been reviewed, the evaluations are released for review by the resident and the resident’s assigned preceptor. In addition, the resident will receive a summative evaluation of performance every six months and a clinical competency report that is submitted to the American Board of Anesthesiology.
In addition to general residency training in Anesthesiology, residents are encouraged to participate in regional, state, and national anesthesiology organizations. Departmental financial support is offered to residents for their participation in these organizations.
If an applicant or potential applicant to our training program has any questions regarding training in Anesthesiology with Emory University School of Medicine, please contact our departmental resident coordinator at 404-778-3903.
Thomas E. Philpot, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
Emory University, School of Medicine