Didactic Program

Didactic Conferences: The University of Arizona Department of Anesthesiology follows a three year lecture series designed to comprehensively review the major topics and concepts of the American Board of Anesthesiology content outline. This is performed in a morning didactic conference from 0630-0700 two to three times per week. Active learning is also performed during these conferences using Problem-Based Learning Discussions as faculty take residents through a variety of different case scenarios. The lectures are grouped by topics into 4 week blocks and presented in an organized fashion by faculty specialized in each area. 

The July didactic schedule is different from the rest of the year as we make a strong effort to ease our new residents into the practice and study of anesthesiology. During these morning conferences, the new residents receive an introductory level lecture on various anesthetic topics such as airway management, volatile anesthetics, induction agents, neuromuscular blockade, anesthesia maintenance, emergence, intraoperative pain management, regional anesthesia, etc. This lecture series has been crucial in helping our new residents as they begin to conquer the overwhelming amount of information that the study of anesthesiology requires.

Intraoperative Learning: This is key to hands on training and learning during your anesthetic. Faculty are excited to teach in the operating room and we encourage faculty and residents to decide on a discussion topic the night before to discuss during your cases the next day. 

Online Learning: CA-1 residents are given access to Learnly, which is a year-long structured online curriculum in the anesthesia basic sciences. Every resident is given access to the Anesthesia Toolbox, which is a collaborative educational platform that includes e-learning modules, quiz questions, PBLDs, podcasts, procedural skills training guides, competency assessments, a video/image library, and much more. Lastly, your academic chief will receive discounts to the most commonly used Qbank to succeed on your In-Training Exam and the ABA board exams. 

Textbooks: CA-1s are given a personal iPad mini that comes preloaded with Morgan & Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology, Barash’s Clinical Anesthesia, Stoelting’s Anesthesia & Co-Existing Disease, and Jaffe’s Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures. 

Grand Rounds: We have Grand Rounds on Wednesdays from 0630-0800 that includes Continuous Quality Improvement Conferences (M&M), guest speakers, a variety of different lecture topics by faculty, journal clubs, oral board prep, Sim Sessions and interactive problem based learning didactics. 

Journal Club: A variety of journal articles spanning every aspect of anesthesiology are chosen to be presented by a resident typically on a monthly basis. The articles range from newly released articles to landmark papers in anesthesiology. This is usually done over dinner at a nice Tucson restaurant. 

Miscellaneous Resources: There is an abundance of other resources available to residents to supplement their learning and training. These resources are presented during orientation and we encourage residents to find what works best for them to be the most successful.