Basic Anesthesia Training

The first several weeks of anesthesia training in the operating rooms are spent working very closely with fellow orientees and anesthesia faculty. The case selection is aimed to provide basic experience in patient evaluation, anesthetic selection, and anesthetic management. You will develop competence in airway management including bag-mask ventilation, direct laryngoscopy with placement of oral and nasal endotracheal tubes, and LMA placement. Typical cases include laparoscopic cholecystectomy, plastic surgery procedures, hysterectomy, thyroidectomy, bowel resection, ureteroscopy/cystoscopy, and bone fracture repair. Case selection is expanded over the first several months to include a broader variety of patient disease states and more complicated surgical procedures, prone to acid-base abnormalities and significant blood loss. Skills learned include epidural and subarachnoid blocks, placement of intra-arterial catheters and central venous catheters and combined epidural-general anesthetics. New patient positions (lateral, prone and beach chair) are included. By the end of basic anesthesia training, you will be prepared to take on the subspecialties.

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