During their first month in July, CA-1 residents are excused from clinical duties every afternoon to attend basic anesthesia lectures from expert faculty. These lectures range from the intricacies of the anesthesia machine and monitors to the pharmacology of anesthetic agents. Highlights include a series of lectures from Dr. Ted Eger, a pioneer in inhaled anesthetic pharmacology who is also a phenomenal teacher. After this first month, CA-1 residents attend a weekly didactic session with more advanced topics that provide a foundation of essential knowledge.

Other highlights of the didactic program at UCSF include:

  • Separate weekly lectures for each residency class (CA-1, CA-2, CA-3) with content geared to each level of training
  • Monthly Anesthesia Grand Rounds, where challenging cases are presented and discussed with the entire department
  • Monthly Mortality and Morbidity Conferences, focused on Quality Improvement issues, conducted separately at each major teaching hospital (UCSF Medical Center, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco VAMC
  • Journal Clubs
  • CA-1, CA-2, CA-3 anesthesia skills workshops
  • Subspecialty rotation-based lectures, including a daily lecture series for residents on critical care and obstetric anesthesia
  • Weekly site-based case discussions with senior anesthesia faculty¬†
  • Comprehensive simulation training, starting in the first month of CA-1 year and continuing yearly afterwards. Curriculum includes Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management training.¬†
  • Mock Oral Board sessions, held throughout the three clinical years
  • Written Board review course, consisting of multiple sessions taught by departmental faculty with special expertise in each topics