Education & Training
BMC Anesthesia Residency Program
Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center. We are delighted to learn of your interest in our residency program! Anesthesiology is an exciting, challenging and rewarding field. Our core faculty is comprised of a select group of clinicians committed to the education, training and advancement of the specialty. Besides the core faculty, a subset of attendings from our larger group Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM) visit on a regular basis and are actively involved in the teaching program. The combination of the core attendings and visiting faculty provides an unrivaled breadth of expertise, complex subspecialty training, and challenging cases coupled with operating room efficiency and sound practice management.
Residency Program Overview
The three-year residency program is composed of the perfectly-sized class of 27 residents (nine per year). Therefore, each trainee is assured individualized attention and a broad variety of cases to select from on a daily basis. On the other hand, the Boston University Medical Campus is large with Medical and Dental Schools, the School of Public Health, multiple research buildings and a myriad of post-graduate education programs. Many educational and research opportunities are readily available. Thus, our residents receive a closely-supervised education while benefiting from Boston University’s vast resources.
With the 2013 match, the department introduced a Categorical PGY-1 year with five positions. It is a surgical-based PGY-1 year which is co-administered with the Department of Surgery at the Boston VA Healthcare System (BVAHS). The BVAHS provides tertiary surgical care at two campuses, one in West Roxbury and one in Jamaica Plain.
The department uses progressive didactic methods. Problem-based learning, computer-assisted instruction, web-based lectures and oral board simulations are routinely employed by the faculty. Visiting professors from across the country enrich regularly-scheduled grand rounds. Clinical assignments, lecture slides, articles and other pertinent documents are distributed over the internet. Residents log their cases electronically allowing for rapid analysis of clinical case load. The effectiveness of our educational approach is validated by the high-success rate graduates enjoy in the American Board of Anesthesiology examination process.
We have an established reputation and commitment to residency training. Members of our faculty have developed pioneering educational tools such as resident-evaluation techniques and multimedia programs. Our program also emphasizes pragmatic practice management. Residents are made aware of financial, managerial and quality assurance issues early in their training, a benefit not offered by many other programs.
In addition, the department provides key textbooks, financial support for board review courses and the board certification testing.
There is an abundance of readily available journals and textbooks. Boston University’s Medical Library is in the medical center and ubiquitous computers provide residents with immediate access to full-text articles in dozens of journals. Residents are also encouraged to attend local and national scientific meetings. The department reimburses residents attending the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society and other meetings when abstracts or exhibits are presented.
Initially, as residents begin their training, they are supervised by an experienced faculty member at all times. As the months pass by, residents are given more independence and responsibilities. The first six months of training consist of an introduction to broad areas of practice, after which residents begin subspecialty rotations. Cardiac, pediatric and obstetrical training begins in the second year. In the third year, refinement of skills continues, several months available for elective rotations or research.
In addition to the excellent on-site training at Boston Medical Center, the outside rotations are truly outstanding. At the New England Baptist Hospital a resident may perform more than 100 blocks per month. The Boston Children's Hospital is the best of its kind in the country and the residents are exposed to fascinating cases.
Lastly, residents benefit from interacting with a variety of individuals in training seeking experience in anesthesiology, including general and oral surgery residents, pulmonary fellows, paramedics in training and medical students. The combination of an excellent faculty, superior resident-selection criteria, the manageable size of the program and the hospital’s superb infrastructure creates a dynamic and invigorating academic and social environment.