Critical Care Anesthesia

Education of the residents is one of the primary goals of the critical care service. Anesthesiology residents spend nine weeks on the TRACC rotation, mostly during the CA-2 year. The resident is responsible for non-surgical aspects of the patient care, including clinical decision making, insertion and interpretation of hemodynamic monitors, case presentations, writing daily notes, and prescribing medication including vasoactive drugs and blood products. Residents are on-call an average of 1 out of every 3 nights, 7 days a week. The resident acquires keen understanding of resuscitation and management of the trauma and neurotrauma patient, airway management, mechanical ventilation, nutrition and infectious disease. The resident is exposed to echocardiography and transcranial doppler.

During the CA-2 and CA-3 years, residents can elect to spend time on the Tisch Hospital ICU service.