Anesthesia

Residency Training

The Department of Anesthesia training program has approximately 80 total 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 followed by three clinical anesthesia years. It also offers 22 advanced positions per cohort 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 unique 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 human-patient simulation laboratory.

The didactic aspect of IU School of Medicine’s anesthesiology 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

The anesthesiology residency program at Indiana University School of Medicine offers 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 that 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, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Hospital, and the Roudebush VA Medical Center.

Professional Preparation

In addition to competence in patient care, the anesthesiology residency curriculum prepares physicians to become diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). As part of preparation for the ABA examinations, residents complete problem-based learning exercises and simulation scenarios throughout the three years of training. Didactic sessions are specifically tailored to prepare residents for the In-Training Exam (ITE), BASIC, and ADVANCED written exams. Mock oral boards sessions are another part of the preparation for board-certification examinations.

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. Formative OSCE training scenarios in the simulation environment prepare residents for the APPLIED portion of the board certification exam.

In addition, the 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. Attendance and scholarly presentations at American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference (MARC), and other anesthesia society meetings is encouraged and supported during residency training.

Residency Intranet

IU School of Medicine anesthesiology residents and faculty can access schedules, learning modules, resources, communications, and more from the Department of Anesthesia course site on Canvas.