Clinical Anesthesia Year 1

The first year is spent entirely at Virginia Mason and provides the framework for subsequent years of training. The focus is on developing a broad knowledge base and strong clinical fundamentals. Clinical responsibility and independence increases gradually with experience and appropriate faculty oversight. There is no call in the first month. Evening and then overnight call are added gradually to the schedule starting in August. 

In addition to the didactic curriculum and Clinical Incident and Competencies conference series described in the curriculum section, CA-1 resident learning experiences include:

Simulation “Boot Camp”: group simulation training on a variety of topics including management of common intraoperative emergencies, set-up of a block tray, tracheal intubation, and central line placement.

Afternoon Lecture Series: daily protected time in the afternoon during July

Advanced Airway Skills: This longitudinal course is conducted throughout the year so residents can attain early competency in fiberoptic bronchoscopy, videolaryngoscopy and use of an intubating laryngeal mask airway.

Clinical Rotations:

  • Critical Care (1 month): surgical and medical
  • Anesthesia for:
    • General Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Urologic and Transplant Surgery
    • Gynecologic Surgery
    • Otolaryngologic Surgery
  • Preoperative Clinic
  • Acute Pain Service
  • Post-anesthesia Care Unit
  • Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA)
  • Neuroanesthesia (Spring, 2 weeks)
  • Cardiac anesthesia (Spring, 2 weeks)