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Curriculum

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are held on Wednesday mornings from 7-8 a.m. and are attended by medical students, residents, CRNAs and faculty.  Topics range from innovate changes in the field of Anesthesiology, to the basics of research and professionalism.  Active participation by all is encouraged.  In addition to outside speakers, residents as well as faculty members provide lectures.  

Morbidity and Mortality Series

The last Wednesday of every month from 7-8 a.m., Grand Rounds is typically reserved for review of cases which are believed to provide instructional benefit to all in an effort to improve patient safety and the quality of service we provide.  Attendance at those lectures is typically restricted to residents, CRNAs and faculty of the Anesthesiology department. 

Resident Educational and Clinical Series

Lecture Series

The majority of the anesthesiology lecture series is presented at Temple University Hospital. For training and education in pediatric anesthesiology, residents rotate through St. Christopher’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania where they are required to participate in the educational programs held by those institutions.

CA – 1 “Introduction to Anesthesiology”

The CA-1 year begins in July and continues in August with an intense daily lecture series designed to introduce the new trainee to important elements within the field of Anesthesiology. This lecture series is bolstered by experience in both the operating room and the Simulation Center.

Beginning in September, the CA-1 class which is now typically integrated into operating room schedule has a 20 minute lecture provided four days of the week (with the exception of Wednesday). The lectures are structured to focus the CA-1 resident in their independent study of the knowledge content required for the Basic examination. The CA-1 class also has separate time reserved for a variety of scholarly activities including oral board review and question sets.

CA-2 “Advanced Concepts in Anesthesiology”

Starting in the CA-2 year and continuing thought through the CA-3 year, the resident is expected to begin acquiring a knowledge base demonstrating their more learned position within the program. The educational series for this class focuses on more advanced topics in Anesthesiology. The CA-2 resident is expected to demonstrate a greater participation within the educational series as they embrace the ACGME goals of life-long commitment to learning. The educational component which begin in September and require more active resident participation, are 2 hours long problem-based learning modules which are resident led with a faculty member as the moderator.

CA-3 “Honing Advanced Training and Transitioning to Excellence”

The CA-3 resident who is beginning the transition to Anesthesiology Attending begins the year by providing one lecture to the new CA-1 resident under the mentorship of a faculty member.

In September, the CA-3 class begins their educational series. This class also participates in problem-based learning modules which are 2 hours long with a focus on topics pertinent to the Advanced Examination.

Simulation

Beginning in the CA-1 year and continuing through the CA-3 year, residents are exposed to both common and rare events in Anesthesiology through a dynamic and constantly evolving Simulation program staffed by simulation trained Anesthesiology Attendings. Through simulation, residents gain confidence and awareness in the management of critical scenarios. These sessions when they occur are substituted the PBLD sessions.

Workshops

Throughout the year, workshops are conducted to actively engage the resident learner in the anesthesiology concepts they have been studying independently as well as those presented in lectures. The workshops permit both faculty and resident to uncover and resolve gaps in training.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

All residents will participate in OSCEs throughout the entirety of their training. These examinations help to define core milestones in their anesthesiology training.  Through these exams, residents are able to gain 1:1 training on important elements of the core curriculum. These sessions when they occur are substituted the PBLD sessions. 

Oral Board Review

Thorough out the year, CA-2 and CA-3 residents will conduct a 45 minute oral examination with two selected faculty members. The oral examination will be conducted in the format of the ABA oral board examination. Following each oral examination, the resident will have a 10-15 minute feedback session to address deficiencies as well as strengths of each participant.

The CA-1 class participates in an interactive round robin case analysis geared to prepare them for subspecialty practice as well as to hone their oratory skills. This gives way to oral examinations in the latter part of their training. 

Rotations and Residency Overview

The Temple Anesthesiology residency program is designed in the classic manner in which residents complete an Intern (PGY-1) year before beginning their anesthesiology training at Temple.  Each resident’s educational experience at Temple University is different.  The rotations are selected by the program with input from the resident to satisfy the requirements of the ABA and the ACGME for clinical training and are individually scripted to satisfy identified educational goals and needs. 

Intern (PGY-1) year

Temple Anesthesiology has four (4) medicine track categorical posts which allow residents to complete their intern year at Temple University Hospital.   Categorical residents are expected spend two (2) months during their intern year doing an elective in Anesthesiology with two (2) weeks reserved for research projects. 

The intern year may also be completed at an alternate program for applicants who match to an advanced position within the anesthesiology program.    By the end of the intern year, and before starting their training at Temple, all residents are expected to have completed and passed the USMLE Step 3 examination. 

CA-1 (PGY-2) year

The starting anesthesiology trainee is immediately introduced to the operating room under the instruction of a seasoned anesthesiologist who assists the trainee in becoming acclimated to the new environment.  As the resident gains expertise in the operating room they are introduced to other arenas where the anesthesiologist is vital.  Typical clinical exposures in the CA-1 year are:

  • General Anesthesia
  • Remote Anesthesia
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Surgical ICU
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Thoracic Anesthesia
  • Obstetric Anesthesia
  • Pre-Admission Testing
  • Vascular Anesthesia
  • Neuro Anesthesia
  • Research
  • Trauma Anesthesia

CA-2 (PGY-3) year

In the CA-2 year, the resident gains more responsibility both within the call team and in the duties assigned during the day.  The residents continue to be closely supervised by their assigned attending and the CA-3 class as they assume a new and more challenging role within the program.  Typical clinical exposures are:

  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • General Anesthesia
  • Remote Anesthesia
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Obstetric Anesthesia
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  • Neuro Anesthesia
  • Trauma Anesthesia
  • Vascular Anesthesia
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia
  • Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Research

CA-3 (PGY-4) year

The CA-3 year is viewed as an important year in the transition to Attending Anesthesiologist.  The senior resident is expected, before graduation, to demonstrate the ability to independently work as a competent practitioner.  Under faculty direction, the senior resident assumes greater responsibility in management of the operating rooms and the call team. 

  • Operating Room Management
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • General Anesthesia
  • Remote Anesthesia
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia
  • Vascular Anesthesia
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia
  • Neuro Anesthesia
  • Trauma Anesthesia
  • Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Research

Electives

CA-3 year residents have an opportunity to participate in the following electives:

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • Echocardiogram
  • Research
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Neuro Anesthesia

Residency Development Council

The Residency Development Council (RDC) is a committee composed of residents and faculty devoted to supporting and assisting the concerns of all anesthesiology residents at Temple University Hospital.  Each residency class elects a representative they believe has the skills and acumen to support the concerns of and to work on solutions for the betterment of all anesthesiology residents. 

Current Members

CA-1 Dr. Chinyere Archie

CA-2 Dr. Yvonne Fetterman

CA-3 Dr. Patrick Courtright

Faculty

Dr. Amanda Hargrove

Dr. Daniella Miele

Dr. Anish Sethi

Dr. Larissa Salsa