Residency Training

The Department of Anesthesia training program has approximately 80 resident positions. The first clinical anesthesia year (CA-1/PGY-2) begins after completion of a clinical base year (PGY-1). The department offers four categorical positions which include one clinical base year and three clinical anesthesia years. It also offers 22 advanced positions which provide three clinical anesthesia years.

One of many of the advantages of training at Indiana University School of Medicine for residency is the unusual diversity of clinical experiences. Residents rotate through five very different tertiary-care hospitals with widely varying patient-care missions. The education and training in these settings ensure that residents are prepared to provide safe and competent anesthesia care to virtually any patient upon graduation.

Academic Training

Intraoperative education is an essential component of this residency program and is facilitated by a high ratio of faculty members to residents, a high acuity patient population, and an education structured specialty curriculum. In addition, the first-year, second-year and third-year clinical anesthesia resident classes (CA-1 through CA-3) have separate weekly lectures along with experience-appropriate sessions in the Patient Simulation laboratory.

The didactic aspect of IU School of Medicine’s Anesthesia Residency program is structured to develop the necessary knowledge, judgment and professionalism required of a board-certified anesthesiologist. The curriculum stimulates learners to understand of the science of anesthesiology. Each resident’s progress in both the academic and clinical aspects of anesthesiology is carefully monitored.

Clinical Experience

Anesthesia residency programs at Indiana University School of Medicine offer a broad and robust clinical experience in all aspects of the specialty. The core strength of the program lies in the diversity of clinical experience, which covers the entire spectrum of surgical procedures.

Clinical training occurs on the school’s Indianapolis campus at five tertiary-care hospitals: IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health as well as Eskenazi Hospital and the Roudebush VA Medical Center.

Professional Preparation

In addition to competence in patient care, the anesthesia residency curriculum prepares future physicians to be diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). As part of preparation for the ABA oral and written examinations, residents complete problem-based learning exercises throughout the three years of training. Didactic sessions are specifically tailored to preparing residents for both the BASIC and In-Training exams.

Medical simulation is a core component of training future anesthesiologists. The 30,000-square-foot Simulation Center in Fairbanks Hall at the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus provides additional educational diversity. OSCE training modules in the simulation environment prepare residents for the APPLIED portion of the board certification exam.

In addition, the entire Department of Anesthesia participates in weekly Grand Rounds that feature clinical case presentations, journal clubs, morbidity and mortality conferences, and presentations by nationally renowned visiting professors. Mock oral boards sessions and in-service training examinations are another part of the prepartion for board-certification examinations. Attendance at American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and other anesthesia society meetings is encouraged in the third year of residency training.

Program Progression

The Anesthesia Residency clinical rotations enhance the overall clinical skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of anesthesia principle. During the CA-1 rotations in clinical anesthesia, emphasis is on the foundational aspects of patient care, including medical knowledge and the application of anesthetic principles. The medical knowledge portion of the CA-2 and CA-3 year provides residents the ability to hone understanding of their foundational skills. All residents who complete anesthesia training at IU School of Medicine are expected to become board-certified anesthesiologists. The broad overview of clinical experiences that are provided prepares residents to obtain mastery within the various disciplines of anesthesia.

The CA-1 resident year in anesthesia emphasizes the principles of both general and regional anesthesiology necessary to function as an anesthesiologist. Residents are exposed to a myriad of surgical cases including general surgery, otolaryngology, urology, orthopedics and gynecology. Both regional and general anesthesia techniques are emphasized.

CA-1 Year Rotations
Riley Hospital for Children OR (Pediatric Anesthesia) 1 – 2 rotations
University Hospital OR 1 – 2 rotations
Roudebush VA Medical Center OR 1 rotation
Eskenazi Hospital OR 1 – 2 rotations
Chronic Pain 1 rotation
Obstetrical Anesthesia 1 rotation
Riley Hospital for Children Outpatient 1 rotation
Peri-operative Care Unit / PACU 1 rotation
Outside of surgical suite 1 – 2 rotations

In the CA2 year, residents develop greater mastery and knowledge of the skills learned during the CA1 year. In addition, the CA-2 year incorporates rotations in the subspecialties of anesthesiology, including obstetric, cardiovascular and neurosurgical anesthesiology, critical care medicine and chronic pain medicine. Further experience in pediatric anesthesia is also gained. Each clinical rotation is accompanied by an organized didactic program to ensure that the resident becomes both clinically proficient and knowledgeable about the fundamentals of each subspecialty. In addition, residents master cardiopulmonary resuscitation and develop the skills to manage complex surgical cases, including those involving deliberate hypotension, deep hypothermic arrest, major vascular procedures and organ transplantation.

CA-2 Year Rotations
Riley Hospital for Children OR (Pediatric Anesthesia) 1 – 2 rotations
Eskenazi Hospital Perioperative Pain 1 rotation
Neurosurgical Anesthesia 1-2 rotations
Acute Peri-operative Pain 1-2 rotations
Roudebush VA medical Center Cardiothoracic 1 rotation
Obstetrical Anesthesia 1 -2 rotations
Eskenazi Hospital ICU 1 rotation
Transplant Anesthesia 1-2 rotations
General OR Anesthesia at University Hospital, Roudebush VA Medical Center, and Eskenazi Hospital OR 1-4 rotations

The CA-3 year is designed to provide the clinical experience and education necessary for the resident to become a perioperative physician and anesthesiology consultant. Advanced training occurs in pain management as well as in cardiovascular, transplant, vascular, obstetric, pediatric, thoracic, neurosurgical and ambulatory anesthesia. In addition, rotations are available in critical care medicine. Rotations are accomplished within a framework offering the two tracks recognized by the American Board of Anesthesiology. The Advanced Clinical Track offers experience in specific areas of complex anesthesiology assignments. In addition, ample research opportunities exist to foster the Clinical Scientist Track, which may include up to six months of research.

CA-3 Year Rotations
Advanced Cardiac Anesthesia 1 – 2 rotations
Transplant Anesthesia 1-2 rotations
Vascular Anesthesia 1 rotation
Ambulatory Anesthesia 1-2 rotations
Neurosurgical Anesthesia 1-2 rotations
Thoracic Anesthesia 1-2 rotations
Regional Anesthesia 1 rotation
General OR Anesthesia at University Hospital, Roudebush VA Medical Center, and Eskenazi Hospital OR 1-4 rotations

Residency Intranet

IU School of Medicine anesthesia residents and faculty can access schedules, modules, learning resources, communications and more from the anesthesia residency intranet portal.

Anesthesia Residency Intranet