Educational Objectives

Approximately 65 house staff members and seventy-five attendings work together in a friendly atmosphere of teaching, supervision, and close interaction. The NYU Residency Training Program in Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine accepts fourteen residents each year.

The goal of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine Residency Training Program is to provide the highest quality of training and patient care in an atmosphere which stimulates and nurtures professional and personal development. Throughout the program, we place strong emphasis on ensuring that residents attain a high level of scholarship and develop independent thought coupled with clinical competence. Residents are prepared for a lifetime of continued professional development and the capability of assuming leadership roles in anesthesiology. Significant opportunities for clinical or laboratory research exist for those with special interests.

Each resident begins training under the supervision of a single attending to provide continuity and minimize the confusion that might accompany initial exposure to too wide a variety of anesthetic methods. During the CA-1 year, residents rotate through all three hospitals to gain the widest experience in patient care and management, utilizing a variety of anesthetic techniques.

In the second year (CA-2), residents rotate through the major anesthetic subspecialties: cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, pediatric, obstetrical, critical care medicine and pain management. At this time, house staff begin to develop a clearer picture of their career course in anticipation of an area of subspecialtion in the third year of training.

Near the end of the CA-2 year and at the beginning of the CA-3 year, residents may be appointed "team captains" at Bellevue Hospital. In this capacity they have the leadership responsibility for the team of residents on call. They make important patient care and management decisions as well as administrative decisions in recovery and delivery rooms, and make anesthetic-related care decisions in the emergency room and other parts of the hospital. Most residents consider being team captain one of the most meaningful of all clinical experiences preparing for the practice of anesthesiology. Rotation in the critical care medicine/trauma service at Bellevue Hospital for nine weeks during their CA-3 year is an integral and very valuable part of the training.

In the CA-3 year, residents may choose from a diverse menu of subspecialty rotations or spend the entire year in advanced clinical rotation -- becoming involved in the most challenging cases at each hospital. Another option is a minimum six-month rotation in clinical or laboratory research in such areas as vascular, obstetrical, cardiac anesthesia, pain, or critical care medicine with opportunities for publication and presentations at appropriate local, regional, or national conferences. Individuals with special interests may use this time to develop their interest further.

A developing trend in anesthesiology is for residents to spend a CA-4 year concentrating in one area of specialization. A training year can be spent in critical care medicine, cardiac anesthesia, trauma, obstetricical anesthesia, ambulatory surgery, pain management, or in clinical or laboratory research. This training leads to certificates of special competence in pain medicine or critical care medicine under the auspices of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the ACGME.

Throughout the entire training period, strong emphasis is placed on the developing leadership qualities and perpetuating clinical and research interests. The relationship between research and clinical practice and management is stressed throughout the program. This environment has produced several department chairmen, many clinical directors, specialty directors, and academicians, as well as strong and confident clinicians. Graduates of the program have gained positions throughout the country in some of the most prestigious medical institutions. Physicians who complete the NYU Residency Training Program in Anesthesiology find doors open to them, whether they desire an academic, clinical, private practice, or research career.