Basic Anesthesia Training

The first several weeks of anesthesia training are spent working very closely with fellow trainees and anesthesia faculty. The case selection is aimed to provide basic experience in patient evaluation, anesthetic selection, and anesthetic management.

You will develop competence in:

  • Airway management, including;
    • Bag-mask ventilation
    • Direct laryngoscopy with placement of oral and nasal endotracheal tubes
    • LMA placement

Typical cases include:

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Plastic surgery procedures
  • Hysterectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Bowel resection
  • Ureteroscopy/cystoscopy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Bone fracture repair

Case selection is expanded over the first several months to include a broader variety of patient disease states and more complicated surgical procedures (for example, cases prone to acid-base abnormalities and significant blood loss).

Skills learned include:

  • Subarachnoid blocks
  • Placement of intra-arterial catheters
  • Central venous catheters
  • Combined epidural-general anesthetics

New patient positions (lateral, prone and beach chair) are included. By the end of basic anesthesia training, you will be prepared to take on the subspecialties.