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Clinical Program

The anesthesiology residency at Tulane University School of Medicine is a four-year program starting at the PGY-1 year with an Internal Medicine Internship. The Clinical Base Year (CBY) level is designed to provide the anesthesiology resident the wide range of clinical experience necessary to competently enter into his or her clinical anesthesia training, beginning with CA-1.

CBY Level

Emergency Medicine

ICU

4 weeks

8 weeks

TUHC/UH

TUHC/OH

Remaining rotations are determined by the program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. All requirements of both the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology and the American Board of Anesthesiology for the Clinical Base Year will be fulfilled.

CA-1 Level

General OR
SICU
Obstetrical Anesthesia
Pre-Op Clinic
Cardiac Anesthesia

34 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
2 weeks
4 weeks

The CA-1 level is devoted to teaching residents the basics of preoperative anesthesia care, general anesthesia, monitored anesthesia care, post-anesthesia care and anesthesia equipment. Later in the CA-1 level, the emphasis shifts to the anesthetic care of children and pregnant women, as well as to critical care medicine in general.

CA-2 Level

General OR
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Neuroanesthesia
Pain (Chronic)
Pediatric Anesthesia
SICU
Pain (Regional)
PACU

10 weeks
8 weeks
8 weeks
8 weeks
8 weeks
4 weeks
4 weeks
2 weeks

The CA-2 level is designed to satisfy the requirements for all remaining subspecialty rotations, including Neuroanesthesia, Cardiac, Chronic Pain, Pediatric, Regional and Acute Pain, and SICU.

CA-3 Level

Advanced Cardiac Anesthesia
Advanced OB Anesthesia
Pain (Regional)
Transition to Practice
Trauma
Elective/Research
Echo

8 weeks
0-4 weeks
4-8 weeks
4-8 weeks
0-4 weeks
16-26 weeks
4 weeks

The CA-3 level is dedicated to developing a mastery of anesthesia, including Advanced subspecialty experiences as requested by the resident. Additionally, a Research Track is encouraged for residents in the CA-3 year, and the department has many research clinicians, as well as basic scientists, who open their laboratories to support resident research. The CBY, CA-1, and CA-2 levels are relatively rigid in design; however, the CA-3 level is much more flexible and allows the resident to individualize his or her educational experience.

In the CA-3 year, emphasis will be placed on clinical competence and independence.

The subspecialty elective rotations for the CA-3 level include:

  1. Advanced Clinical Anesthesia
  2. Advanced Neuroanesthesia
  3. Advanced Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  4. Advanced Pediatric Anesthesia
  5. Advanced Obstetric Anesthesia
  6. Advanced Pain Medicine (Chronic)
  7. Advanced Pain Medicine (Regional)
  8. Advanced Critical Care Medicine
  9. Echo

Click here for the current list of Rotation Directors.

Download the TU Anesthesiology Residency Handbook here.