Weill Cornell Medicine

Excellence in residency education is one of the cardinal missions of Weill Cornell Anesthesiology. Our goal is to distinguish ourselves by offering the most innovative, systematic, and comprehensive education program in the nation. We have a pedagogical emphasis on providing a millennial education for millennial learners — making us a leader in the use of digital multimedia.

CORE CURRICULUM:

Introduction to Anesthesia

The Introduction to Anesthesia program is a 3-month, intensive lecture series designed to introduce the PGY-1 resident to the fundamentals of knowledge required to cognitively engage with anesthesia training and practice, with a special emphasis on the core disciplines of physiology and pharmacology. Each session provides a mix of traditional didactics and small-group discussion.

Basic Topics in Anesthesia

The Basic Topics in Anesthesia program prepares the CA-1 resident for the ABA Basic Examination. Built in Apple’s iTunes U on the underlying structure of the ABA Basic Syllabus, each session includes an interactive mix of didactics, discussion, and questions. All supplemented online with study materials, podcasts, and journal links.

Advanced Topics in Anesthesia

The Advanced Topics in Anesthesia program presents the CA-2 resident with the complete body of knowledge assessed by the ABA Advanced Examination, in preparation for the Senior Mastery Series. The course is again built in Apple’s iTunes U, with each session including an interactive mix of didactics, discussion, and questions. The iTunes U course adds study materials, podcasts, and journal links.

Senior Mastery Series

The Senior Mastery Series prepares the CA-3 resident for independent excellence. The core of the program is the 4-week Subspecialty Concentration. The first two weeks use a progressive, flipped classroom seminar to developed advanced applied understanding. The third week presents two PBLDs of complex clinical scenarios requiring mastery of knowledge and applied skills. The fourth week is dedicated to review of high-yield ABA-style questions related to the subspecialty. In addition to the Subspecialty Concentrations, four weeks throughout the year will be dedicated to Advanced Workshops in Hemodynamic Emergencies, Airway Crises, TEE, liver transplantation, and PALS.

Resident Case Conference

Resident Case Conference program provides a structured setting in which all residents can share and discuss their experience with complex or unusual cases, crises, and adverse events. Drs. Kane Pryor, June Chan, and Zach Turnbull moderate the session, in which the resident involved in the case describes the course, and all other residents weigh in on management options and decisions. Case Conference is conducted in a semi-formal manner, facilitating participation from residents at all levels of training.

Oral Board Program

The Oral Board program is designed to instruct all residents in the structured oral articulation of clinical knowledge, and to prepare the CA-3 resident for the ABA Oral Board Exam. During the year, every CA-3 resident will conduct an oral exam with two ABA Board examiners, followed by a period of feedback. The examinee will be provided the broad subject area in advance. Residents are examined as a pair, with lines of questioning alternating between the two. Non-examinee residents learn through observation about the challenges of oral examinations, and strategies for mastery.

Resident Mixed Teaching Session

The Mixed Teaching Session is the home for workshops, guest speakers from other departments, wellness, global health, and other single-session or short education formats and initiatives. All sessions involve active participation. The Mixed Teaching Session program is designed to be responsive to ideas from the resident body in both format and content, and residents interested in developing a single-session or short educational program are encouraged to discuss and work with the moderators.

Simulation Program

The Simulation Program at the state-of-the-art SAIL Center is designed to provide residents at all levels with high-fidelity simulations of challenging clinical scenarios in a setting that facilitates critical self-evaluation and feedback. Each Monday morning, all PGY-1 residents rotating through the Department attend a simulation session focused on the assessment and management of fundamental clinical scenarios. In the afternoon, 4-5 residents are selected on a rotating basis, and perform simulations of increasingly complex and critical clinical crises. Team simulations at other times are conducted in collaboration with participants from surgery and nursing. Simulations also occur as part of subspecialty education programs.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds brings the full department together to hear research and clinical lectures from national and international Visiting Professors who are authorities in their field. Also featured are M&M sessions and joint conferences with the Department of Surgery and other departments. The Grand Rounds Summer Series features clinical reviews by Weill Cornell faculty, and research updates from the faculty principal investigators.

OSCE Program

Conducted in the SAIL Center, the OSCE Program is based on the ABA OSCE Examination. Experienced actors play standardized patients, as residents rotate through a number of scenarios that evaluate communication and professionalism. Encounters are filmed, to provide residents the opportunity to self-assess. Sophisticated metrics enable rich feedback to participants.

DIGITAL MEDIA:

Fact of the Day

The Fact of the Day Program sends a high-yield fact — known to be required to answer ABA-style exam questions — as a push notification on Slack, every week day morning. Residents and attendings can submit ideas for a Fact of the Day. After the push notification, all Fact of the Day facts are permanently archived in Slack.

Need to Know

Need to Know announces important new research and guidelines immediately on publication. Moderators monitor major journals, choosing the most important, interesting, and relevant — and send a short commentary and link to all residents on Slack. All #needtoknow announcements are permanently archived in Slack.

TrueLearn

All residents receive a subscription to the TrueLearn question bank throughout the four years of residency. Residents are required to complete a quota of questions each quarter, and receive detailed feedback on performance. Moderators analyze results to identify potential programmatic gaps, and feed these into special didactic sessions.

SUBSPECIALTY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Each subspecialty provides a targeted educational program administered by core faculty during each four-week rotation. Subspecialty education directors develop programs that are optimally suited to the teaching style and emphasis of the subspecialty group. As examples: Regional Anesthesia uses the innovative Anesthesia Toolbox, a web-based portal with instructional video, podcasts, lectures, questions, and interactive discussion boards. Obstetric Anesthesia adds to Toolbox with a 20-session, afternoon small group talk series. Neuroanesthesia uses journal club, resident-as-teacher sessions, and chapter review. Cardiac Anesthesia has a division M&M, journal club, and small-group TEE workshops. ICU/PACU has a full didactic curriculum, and emphasizes surface ultrasound. Pediatrics has weekly seminars and journal clubs. Pain has a full didactic curriculum with multimedia materials. Global Health has a full didactic curriculum and series of journal clubs. The Clinical Trial Group holds bi-weekly group meetings, and residents involved in projects also participate in intensive methodology focus sessions.

Global Health Initiative

The Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian is committed to a Global Health Initiative based on an innovative biosocial approach to health care training. Rather than focusing on medical missions abroad, our programs are centered on nurturing globally conscious physicians who are prepared to both deal with foreign-born patients in the United States and patients abroad. Residents, fellows, and faculty have opportunities through simulations, research protocols, and electives abroad to engage with global health work. The Global Health Initiative also offers advanced human rights training. Our rigorous one-year Anesthesiology Global Health Fellowship teaches core aspects of medical anthropology with the goal of fostering innovators, researchers, and leaders in global health.

Van Poznak Anesthesiology Research Scholarship

The Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to training and supporting outstanding scholars who intend to pursue an academic career with a focus on research.

The Van Poznak Anesthesiology Research Scholarship provides a structure and program that enables scholars to establish a strong research foundation and develop into investigators who are competitive candidates for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is expected that research scholars will go on to become leaders in their fields of interest.