Didactic Program

Nearly 500 hours of conferences, seminars, case reviews, and lectures are scheduled and conducted each year. These extensive didactic offerings are essential components of house staff education. New residents begin the program with a special series of introductory lectures during July and August.

The regular teaching program includes:

  • Weekly anesthesia grand rounds, primarily using case presentations as a focus of discussion. These conferences include a review of anesthesia morbidity and mortality.
  • Seminars stressing the application of basic and clinical science to the practice of anesthesia and critical care medicine, moderated by faculty or residents based on recommended readings.
  • Daily early morning clinical case conferences to discuss preoperative preparation and anesthetic management of selected patients.
  • An active visiting professor program with weekly lectures by visitors from other institutions and specialists on the NYU faculty. Less formal teaching sessions follow the lecture.
  • Specialty conferences for residents rotating through each subspecialty.
  • An active medical student elective program, which gives residents an opportunity to lecture, lead discussions, and teach on a one-to-one basis in the operating room.
  • Opportunities to participate in ongoing research are available for up to six months in the CA-3 year and during the entire fourth year. Research opportunities are available earlier to those with special competence. Residents at each level work come in contact with dedicated faculty who are involved in clinical and basic research in anesthesiology.