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Resident & Medical Student Training

Anesthesia Resident Training

Simulation is a routine component of our weekly Wednesday morning anesthesiology lecture series. Groups of five to six residents attend the simulations center and participate in simulations directed at management of adverse cardiopulmonary events and rare or potentially life threatening disease states. Thirty sessions are held throughout the year for anesthesia residents. Our residents are involved in simulations that are based on their level of competency.

CA1 Courses

  • Introductions: a four day workshop introduction to anesthesia and complications
  • An introduction to adverse airway and respiratory events
  • Orientation to variable priority training
  • The many faces of hypoxia: What to DO and how to make a quick differential diagnosis
  • Approaches to the difficult airway (fiberoptic bronchoscopy, transtracheal jet ventilation and the fast track LMA)
  • When kids get blue real fast: the pediatric difficult airway

CA2 Courses

  • Clinical competency evaluation in management of adverse airway and respiratory events
  • Introduction to adverse cardiac events
  • Can you make a drip of choice in less than a minute? Throw in a dash of TEE for good measure.
  • Intraoperative myocardial ischemia
  • How to survive obstetric hemorrhage

CA3 Courses

  • Clinical competency evaluation in management of adverse cardiac events
  • Trauma One: The six quick killers
  • Difficult Airway II: The endobronchial blocker, the univent tube and retrograde guide-wire intubation
  • Mom has a bad airway, baby is sick, now what? A look at an obstetric patient with a difficult airway
  • Pediatric zebras
  • Total intravenous anesthesia: Real time use of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to visualize drug synergy, onset and duration of effect

Medical Student Clerkship Program

We provide training skills to medical students who choose an anesthesia rotation. The clerkship programs allows the students to increase skill on a variety of subjects. Both high-fidelity and and part-task training simulators are used. Courses include the following:

  • Airway basics (METI simulator)
  • Moderate sedation and analgesia (METI simulator)
  • Indications, contraindications and placement techniques for
    • Internal jugular and subclavian lines (central line simulator)
    • Spinal anesthetics (spinal simulator)
    • Radial arterial lines (arterial line simulator)
  • Adjuncts to airway management (airway simulator)

In addition, the simulator center supports the Medical Student Anesthesia Interest Group for the University of Utah School of Medicine. An intravenous line simulator and intubation airway management simulator are the center of a session for first and second year medical students.