University of Chicago

Committee on Resident Development (CORD)

This advisory body was created to address curricular and co-curricular matters of importance to our residency and fellowship programs. Developed in 2015, the Committee offers guidance and generates ideas for the professional and personal development of the residents and fellows in our department. We strive for assessment and innovation in didactic and clinical curricula; initiatives that support the ACGME core competencies; strategies for promoting psychosocial and physical well-being; and programs for advancing professional development and career counseling. Two CA-2 or CA-3 residents (elected by the residents) and 6 faculty members with training and experience at the University of Chicago or other peer institutions serve on the Committee.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

We have a quality improvement and patient safety lecture series for the residents that focuses on the theory of quality improvement. We review quality improvement studies, the history of quality improvement, the usefulness of large databases, and national quality initiatives. The lectures series complements our resident-driven quality improvement projects. Residents are placed into groups for longitudinal projects that focus on specific care areas.

Perioperative Ultrasound: Longitudinal Sonographic Education (PULSE)

We have created an ongoing, structured ultrasound curriculum to teach residents the numerous uses of ultrasound perioperatively. To teach focused cardiac ultrasound in obstetrics, we designed a senior elective rotation in obstetric anesthesia. The technical and interpretative skills also can be applied to evaluate critically ill or hemodynamically unstable obstetric patients. A perioperative echocardiography rotation offers CA-3 residents an opportunity to improve their technical skills and gain experience in intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography.

Simulation-based Learning

Among the multiple subspecialty simulations in our department are simulation of epidurals for obstetric cases, placement of central lines, and general OR cases. Mannequins imitate vital signs in real time and residents “interact” with them by asking questions. The goal is to have the residents review the steps for administering a general anesthetic to a pregnant patient in an emergency setting. Through a series of interactive high-fidelity simulations and lectures on human factors we have devised critical event cognitive aids, using scenarios from the Anesthesia Incident Reporting System database.

Research, Evidence and Discussion (READ) Program

In this series, the latest and most pertinent articles in leading journals are discussed with residents. The program keeps our residents up to date on the current literature and also equips them with the tools to interpret data critically.

Money Management for the Physician

This highly interactive series reviews budgeting, credit management, educational expenses, the basics of investing, primers on insurance (life, disability, umbrella), and planning for retirement. In today’s world of fluctuating economic conditions, knowing how to manage money and credit is important for every resident. Learning the basic concepts and financial terms gives residents a foundation for successful management of personal finances throughout their careers.

Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS)

Selected residents have participated in a focused, formal curriculum sponsored by the MERITS program. The program develops conceptual and practical skills for medical education researchers and leaders.

Maclean Ethics Fellowship

One of our residents is participating in this prestigious interdisciplinary program at the University of Chicago and will receive credit from the American Board of Anesthesiology for the time invested in it.