Training and Curriculum

The goals of the residency program will be accomplished by the completion of a multiyear curriculum. This four-year curriculum is designed as a continuum of education in anesthesiology fulfilling all criteria to allow our residents to enter the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) examination system. The continuum consists of a clinical base year (12 months) and 36 months of ABA-approved training in anesthesiology (CA-1, CA-2, and CA-3 years). Learning objectives for each anesthesiology specialty and sub-specialty curriculum are included for each six-month interval.

The clinical base year (12 months) includes rotations in the following disciplines: medicine, ambulatory medicine, surgery, ambulatory surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine and neurosurgical intensive care. The three-year clinical anesthesiology training follows ABA guidelines.

The full training schedule is below:

Postgraduate Year I, Clinical Base Year (13 blocks)

Medicine Rotations
  • Medicine Wards (Cedars-Sinai) (0-1 block)
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit/Night Medical Intensive Care Unit (0-1 block)
  • Respiratory Intensive Care Unit/Night Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (0-1 block)

Surgery Rotations
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (0-1 blocks)
  • Acute Care Services/Trauma (1-2 blocks)
  • Night Float (1-2 blocks)
  • Pediatric Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Outpatient Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Colorectal Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Thoracic Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (0-1 block)
  • Urology Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Plastic Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Orthopedic Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Transplant Surgery (0-1 block)
  • Anesthesiology Rotation (1/2 block)
  • Vacation (1 block)

Emergency Medicine (0-1 block)

Anesthesiology Rotation (0-1 block)

Postgraduate Year II, Clinical Anesthesiology Year 1 (CA-1) (12 months)

  • Fundamentals of Anesthesiology (4 1/2 months)
  • Acute Pain (1 month)
  • Obstetric Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Outpatient Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Pre-Op Clinic (1 month)
  • Postoperative Care (1/2-1 month)
  • Thoracic Anesthesiology (1/2 month)
  • Regional Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Neuro/Spine Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Perioperative Anesthesiology (0-1 month)
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (1 month)
  • Vacation (1 month)

Postgraduate Year III, Clinical Anesthesiology Year 2 (CA-2) (12 months)

  • General Anesthesiology (2 months)
  • Regional Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology (2 months)
  • Cardiovascular Anesthesiology (1 1/2 months)
  • Echo (1/2 month)
  • Neuro Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Critical Care (1-2 months)
  • Chronic Pain Management (1 month)
  • OB Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Vacation (1 month)

Postgraduate IV, Clinical Anesthesiology Year 3 (CA-3)

The program director, in collaboration with the resident, will design the resident's CA-3 year of training. The CA-3 year provides clinical experience and advanced anesthesiology training, as below:

Advanced Clinical Track: Residents are required to complete a minimum of six months of advanced anesthesiology training. They may spend the remaining months of this training in up to three selected subspecialty rotations or in research.

Clinical Scientific Track: May be fulfilled by completing six months of clinical or laboratory research.

  • Advanced Critical Care Medicine (0-1 month)
  • Advanced Transplant Anesthesiology (1 month)
  • Advanced Outpatient Anesthesiology (0-1 month)
  • Advanced Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (0-1 month)
  • Advanced Regional Anesthesiology (0-1 month)
  • Advanced Neuro/Spine Anesthesiology (0-1 month)
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (0-1 month)
  • Vacation (1 month)

Research: (2 months) CA1-CA3
Participation in research is mandatory. Residents participate in ongoing research project management and learn technical skills necessary to carry out independent and original research. Academic endeavors are strengthened according to prior individual experience through a tutoring and mentoring program with the director of research and the program director. This program includes independent study, readings and attendance at departmental research and statistical seminars. The director of research, co-director and the program director will assist the resident and faculty in planning and carrying out independent research.