• Didactics

  • Core Resident Lecture Series
    All residents participate in a mandatory lecture series on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  The purpose of this lecture series is to address basic and advanced topics in anesthesiology in a methodical and complete manner.  Currently, our residents use Barash’s texts to frame their didactic and clinical learning.  Faculty design lectures based on chapters in Baby Barash and include case-based or question-based discussions to solidify knowledge and its application.  

    Grand Rounds
    Grand Rounds are an integral component of the resident medical education program. The objective of the lecture series is to update residents, faculty, medical students and other healthcare personnel on developing trends and techniques in the medical practice of anesthesiology. These lectures draw from learning experiences based on both diagnosis and treatment. Invited speakers address the wide spectrum of general and subspecialty topics and often introduce new and interesting developments. You can find a current schedule for the Grand Rounds Lectures here.

    Morbidity and Mortality
    The monthly Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference is a hallmark of anesthesiology residency education. This conference has been used traditionally to teach and assess the ACGME General Competencies of patient care and medical knowledge. The format of the M&M conference has evolved so that it enables faculty to teach and assess residents also in terms of the ACGME General Competencies of practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, and systems-based practice. Case selection is at the discretion of the faculty moderator. A preparation period, which is usually a minimum of one week, enables the resident primarily involved in the care of the patient to thoroughly review the case and prepare his/her presentation. At the conference, the resident/faculty presents the patient's history and discusses the complication or death, not only in terms of the patient care provided (traditional M&M model) but also analyzing the case in terms of health-care systems problems that may have contributed to the patient's morbidity and/or mortality; patient safety issues; communication problems with the patient, family, or other health-care workers; and ethnic or ethical issues related to the care provided. Again, not only is the patient care critiqued, but also systems problems, communication problems, and ethical dilemmas. In this forum faculty, residents, medical students and other healthcare providers analyze and discuss the patient's outcome including factors leading to the complication and/or mortality, opportunities for systems improvement, patient safety or communication problems, ethnic or ethical issues, what the resident would do differently in his/her practice and references consulted for this case.

    Journal Club
    Journal club conferences provide a forum for residents, faculty and medical students to describe the methodology, results, conclusions, significance and limitations of the published material which may influence the medical practice of anesthesiology. Residents and faculty are encouraged to present at a level such that a non-specialist researcher can appreciate the material. Articles may be selected which are significant not only because it could change clinical practice, but also because they could change the way new therapeutics are developed, targeted, produced or administered.

    Mock Oral Examinations

    These quarterly experiences provide real-life practice opportunity for the ABA applied examination process. Quarterly oral examinations allow faculty to assess clinical performance and the learning progress of individual residents. Practice oral exams add to other methods of evaluation by affording faculty insight into the resident trainees' clinical reasoning, problem-solving ability, communication skills, and clinical judgment. It is the goal of this tool to track resident performance and document performance improvement with accumulating educational and clinical experience. Probing their knowledge in greater depth, gauging communication skills and assessing whether a resident can gather data completely to solve a clinical problem within the context of a case-based oral practice examination can yield insight into the examinee's clinical judgment. A quarterly faculty- facilitated discussion forum is provided for residents at all levels of training. Individual CA-3's will be given three formal mock oral examinations during their year of training. Individual CA-2's will be given one formal mock oral examination during their year of training. CA-2's and CA-1's not participating in formal examinations will participate in demonstration mock oral examinations administered in a group format. In the CA-3 year, a full mock OSCE is developed and facilitated to prepare senior residents for the newest portion of the ABA’s applied exam.

    Anesthesia Simulation
    High-fidelity, simulation-based education is an integral piece of our residents’ core curriculum.  The Anesthesia Resident Simulation Program relies on a team-based approach comprised of residents of varying CA-levels and embeds them in peri-operative emergency scenarios.  These scenarios are designed to teach our residents the strengths of team training and crisis management in accordance with clinical emergencies they are likely to encounter in practice.  The lead role is assigned to the senior residents in the group to allow them the opportunity to function as attending anesthesiologists in the simulated crisis.

    Our program conducts simulations in a 49,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art simulation facility.  The simulations consist of scenarios incorporating advanced clinical simulators, high-fidelity training environments (operating rooms, PACU, ICU, L&D suites, trauma bays), embedded participants (actors), simulation technicians, and simulation facilitators/instructors to help re-create and foster a dynamic, interactive clinical learning environment for the participant.
    Resident’s receive protected time for simulation which takes place every Tuesday.  The day is split into half with three residents participating in the morning and three residents in the afternoon.  Two anesthesia faculty facilitate the scenarios over the course of the day, providing a faculty to resident ratio of 2:3.   On average every resident participates in simulation 4 times a year.
    One of the core elements of simulation is to maintain a safe learning environment.  As such, the residents are debriefed after each session using a video-assisted debriefing model with experienced anesthesia faculty who have been formally trained as simulation instructors.  It is during this debrief where learning really takes place as we discuss the clinical concepts underlying the simulated situations, but more importantly highlight and teach the importance of TeamSTEPPS®, an AHRQ team training framework.  Having a faculty to resident ratio of 2:3 allows these instructors to focus closely on the individual residents, see how these individuals function as part of the greater team, identify areas for improvement in the team dynamics, and devise strategies to help the residents function more effectively in their daily clinical practice.


    Vapor Camp Lecture Series

    A month-long curriculum, called “Vapor Camp” is an introductory to clinical anesthesiology for our PGY 1 residents during the June of their intern year.  This curriculum is a combination of clinical OR experiences with a senior resident, high-fidelity and task-based simulation, and a didactic curriculum. The content of this curriculum is designed to cover a broad spectrum of topics encountered in the clinical environments of UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is also an opportunity to meet our faculty and develop camaraderie with fellow residents.

     

    Other Specialty-specific Didactic and Curricular Content
    Obstetrical Anesthesia: OB-specific lectures geared to CA-1, CA-2, and CA-3 residents
    Cardiothoracic Anesthesia: Faculty / Fellow weekly lectures
    TEE Conference
    CT/CV Journal Club
    Neurosurgical Anesthesia: Video Lecture Series
    Faculty Lectures
    Neuro-based Mock Orals
    Pediatric Anesthesia: Faculty Lecture Series
    Pain Management Faculty / Fellows Lectures
    Pain Journal Club (monthly)
    Critical Care: Daily Teaching Rounds
    Multidisciplinary Weekly Teaching Conferences

    If you would like more information regarding any of these educational activities, please contact the resident affairs office by emailing [email protected]