Curriculum

Resident education and evaluation will be guided by the ACGME-defined core competencies and milestones. Clinical and research education will be supplemented by a didactic education series. It is expected that a resident's knowledge, judgment, skills, experience, and leadership role continually increases throughout their residency education and training and that a resident exhibit progressive responsibility, decision-making, and performance of technical tasks leading to independent practice and a consultative role by the conclusion of their residency.

Clinical education
The clinical case mix and volume along with our faculty expertise and the resources of Geisinger Health System will allow the resident to easily fulfill the case and procedural requirements as set forth by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the ACGME and the American Board of Anesthesiology. Last year Geisinger performed more than 56,000 surgical procedures and more than 2,000 obstetric deliveries. In addition, many anesthetics were administered outside of surgical suites. The case mix encompassed the full spectrum of adult, pediatric and neonatal procedures including pediatric cardiac procedures and adult liver transplantation.

The clinical curriculum is structured to include rotations through all of the general and specialty areas of anesthesiology. There are a number of unique required rotations which will enhance your education including regional anesthesia/acute pain medicine, performance/quality improvement, research, out-of-OR anesthesia, advanced airway management, echocardiography, and operating room management. Residents will have up to six months of elective time in their last (CA-3) year of training.

Didactic education
Didactic education will be given by departmental faculty and faculty from other medical and surgical specialties. At the start of your clinical anesthesia education (CA-1 Year), residents will be presented a six-week daily introductory lecture series given by core faculty and senior residents. Thereafter, resident didactic sessions will occur on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m. These sessions are in addition to the departmental sessions that are held on Wednesday mornings (grand rounds, mortality & morbidity conference) and the brief morning report sessions. The afternoon sessions will cover a wide range of anesthesia-related topics as well as case presentations and practice written and oral board exams, simulation, journal club, quality improvement and research topics and presentations, and practice management issues. Joint conferences with residents from other specialties will be held quarterly. Residents will also have a monthly group session with the department chair and/or residency program director to discuss issues of importance. 

Quality and research education
As a requirement of graduation, residents are expected to participate in both quality improvement and research activities and either present their scholarly work product at local, regional or national meetings or submit for publication. Residents will be assigned or may choose a faculty mentor who will participate with and guide the resident through these scholarly activities. In addition, a curriculum has been established to educate residents in quality and research methodologies. Resources within the department and throughout Geisinger Health System are available to assist residents and faculty with scholarly activity. Geisinger's Henry Hood Center for Health Research opened in 2007 and allows us to conduct health services, epidemiologic and population genetics research in addressing problems such as obesity, autism, stroke, diabetes and hypertension and complements the basic science research being performed at the Siegfried and Janet Weis Center for Research and the Center for Clinical Studies.

Sample rotations (PDF)