New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center

The education program in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center is designed to help residents and fellows prepare for a successful career in anesthesiology. The program focuses on fostering habits of life-long learning in addition to providing opportunities to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Multidisciplinary and Interactive Curriculum

Starting in the PGY1 year and continuing throughout training, our curriculum combines relevant content with practical implications, which are highlighted by expert faculty from various disciplines. We promote an interactive format and encourage collaborative, real-world discussion. For example, our morning conference series uses a focused, case-based format to discuss medical and professional challenges.

Team Leader Experience

CA3 residents hone their team management and leadership skills throughout the year. In the role of Team Captain for the on-call team, they gain experience in coordinating team efforts, allocating resources, communicating effectively, and collaborating with other professionals.

Simulation Program

The Margaret Wood Center for Education and Simulation provides trainees the rare opportunity for on-site simulation experiences within the Department of Anesthesiology. The curriculum integrates task-training and simulation sessions with formative debriefing throughout residency. To prepare our residents for their board examinations, mock oral board exams and Objective Structured Clinical Exam are administered yearly.

Point of Care Ultrasound

Our tailored curriculum incorporates theoretical, hands-on, and practical application of perioperative point-of care ultrasound. With an experienced team of our faculty and state-of-the art equipment, PGY1 residents begin by learning fundamentals of ultrasound in a two-day course. The didactic curriculum continues throughout residency by incorporating “Ultrasound in Clinical Practice” conferences and hands-on ultrasound sessions, and CA2 residents participate in a one-day ultrasound refresher course. Lastly, for senior residents wishing to develop more expertise, we offer a four-week elective in perioperative ultrasound.

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Program

Our department is a nationwide leader in the establishment of a month-long rotation dedicated to patient safety and quality improvement (QI). PGY1 residents participate in a formal QI didactic curriculum, and they put knowledge into practice by attending hospital-wide quality assurance and root-cause analysis meetings. The capstone experience is the guided development of a QI project. These projects are typically disseminated department-wide and have been incorporated across the institution. Residents continue participation in ongoing projects, and CA2 and CA3 residents have the opportunity to initiate and conduct QI projects. Moreover, the departmental Quality Assurance Committee includes residents as active members; resident members assist with case investigations and participate in committee review.

Global Outreach Program

Our department is committed to the global advancement of healthcare through service, education, and humanitarian work. We value our long tradition of service abroad with mentorship of faculty with global service expertise, and we have an established record of recipients of the Society for Education in Anesthesia fellowship for month-long electives with the Health Volunteers Overseas program. In addition, our department offers a year-long Global Anesthesiology Fellowship that includes gaining experience as an attending anesthesiologist at CUMC, participating in global health coursework, and teaching and conducting research with colleagues at a partner institution in sub-Saharan Africa.

Wellness and Career Development Programs

We invest in the wellbeing of our trainees and faculty in a comprehensive program targeting each level of trainee and faculty members. A series of dedicated monthly sessions explore challenges and discuss strategies for fostering wellness and improving healthy habits of our trainees. A robust faculty development program provides both faculty members and fellows with the opportunity for professional growth and career advancement. In addition, we currently have two funded pilot programs that explore physician wellness in relation to emotional intelligence and to internal motivators.

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