Clinical Anesthesia Year 1

Year 1 is spent entirely at Virginia Mason and provides the framework for subsequent years of training:

  • Didactics sessions designed for early trainees are provided twice weekly for the first six months. These resident-led, faculty-guided interactive sessions are intended to provide familiarity with core concepts and camaraderie amongst the residents.
  • In addition to the rich didactic experience for CA-1 residents, an ongoing didactic series administered weekly during protected time is provided for ongoing education of core and advanced concepts.
  • Dedicated simulation time occurs throughout residency in small groups with a SimMan simulator and a Simulation Faculty member. Our simulation lab is active in both medical education as well as research, including a recent study on checklist validation for local anesthetic systemic toxicity
  • Competencies and Incident Conferences every Tuesday morning prior to clinical duties are integrated into all three clinical years. These conferences provide residents with an opportunity to participate in an inclusive departmental session focused on expanding  knowledge and oral presentation skills with interesting topics or difficult cases.
  • Rotations consist of ACGME-directed experiences used to build the skills needed to be a complete perioperative physician.
    • Pre-Anesthesia Assessment Clinic
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
    • Acute Pain Service
    • Medical Intensive Care Unit 
    • General Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Urologic and Transplant Surgery
    • Gynecologic Surgery
    • ENT with intensive focus on difficulty airway management skills
    • Neurological Surgery x 2 weeks
    • Cardiac Surgery x 2 weeks