Training & Curriculum

Experience for fellows in the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship is well balanced between direct clinical care of patients and supervision of residents. Approximately 45 percent of the required case numbers are obtained with the fellow as the primary anesthesia provider under the supervision of a faculty anesthesiologist. Fellows are able to augment their roles as teachers and gain experience in supervision through regularly working with residents.

The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship consists of 12 calendar months of clinical and didactic teaching.

Fellows must participate actively in scholarly activities related to cardiothoracic anesthesiology, such as quality improvement and patient safety projects. Each fellow must complete a minimum of one academic assignment.

The comprehensive didactic program is composed of simulation sessions and lectures. Both cardiothoracic anesthesia management and advanced echocardiography are taught in formal lectures and intraoperative informal teachings. Additional learning opportunities include: monthly combined intensive care unit and cardiac rounds, departmental echocardiography conference, advanced TEE case conferences and journal club.

Fellows are also extensively prepared for the American Board of Anesthesiology Oral Board Examination with mock examinations and oral board review with faculty members.

Conferences and Programs

As part of our training program, fellows are able to take advantage of opportunities to attend various national and international conferences, medical panels, and courses sponsored by the department of anesthesiology. Fellows are encouraged to also present in all of these events.

Annual Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Echo Week
Cardiovascular anesthesiologists from around the world gather to learn from and connect with each other. SCA Echo Week provides education on the applications of ultrasound technologies to diagnose and monitor perioperative cardiac performance.

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Annual Meeting and Workshops
The SCA Annual Meeting & Workshops offer the latest education in anesthesiology research and advancements. Participate in hands-on, small-group and didactic session formats to learn in the best environment for you. Sessions focus on clinical dilemmas, techniques, innovations and practice management. The SCA annual event provides an opportunity for professional development.