Clinical Base Year
Categorical anesthesiology residents who start at the PGY-1 level will rotate between Memorial Hermann Hospital– Texas Medical Center (MHH–TMC) and Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital.
Intern year is split into 12 rotations of four-week duration. Four rotations are within the Department of Anesthesiology including perioperative ultrasound, chronic pain clinic, anesthesia-run surgical ICU, and clinical anesthesiology training mode (T-Mode). Four rotations are spent with the Department of Medicine including medicine wards and consult services like cardiology, pulmonology, and nephrology. Two rotations are with our surgical colleagues in emergency surgery and shock trauma ICU. Additionally, there are rotations in emergency medicine, otolaryngology, and transfusion medicine.
In May or June, interns “T-Mode” in the operating rooms. Each day, interns are individually paired with an attending or senior-level resident and begin to learn clinical anesthesiology with one-on-one attention. During this month, interns also complete a lecture series and practice different scenarios in small groups in our award-winning simulation center.
Clinical Anesthesia Years
CA-1s spend the majority of the year in our main ORs, mastering basic clinical anesthesiology focusing on neurosurgery, emergent trauma surgery, orthopedics, difficult airways, gynecology, maxillofacial, and plastic surgery.
Residents are given the opportunity to make requests to rotate through subspecialties in cardiothoracic, pediatric, obstetric, and regional/acute and chronic pain as early as October of CA-1 year.
CA-2 and CA-3 Years
In addition to exceeding all ACGME requirements, CA-2s and CA-3s have the opportunities to rotate throughout many Texas Medical Center hospitals including Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Texas Children’s Hospital. Half-way through CA-2 year, residents in the main ORs will start learning more about OR management, board running, and teamwork as they assume the role of Team Leaders during call.
Upcoming CA-3s have the opportunity to participate in the “CA-3 Draft”, where CA-3s handpick rotations for their last year of training in an action-packed and dynamic fantasy football style draft day. Having been able to meet all the ACGME requirements early on allows them to tailor their last year of residency to whatever goals they would like to accomplish.