CA-1 and 2

The focus of the first year of the clinical anesthesia residency (CA-1) is on anesthetizing patients for general surgical, gynecologic, urologic, ENT, orthopedic, obstetric, and ambulatory procedures at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center. During this year you will also rotate through Mount Sinai's surgical intensive care unit.

Clinical rotations are organized in blocks, each representing a specialized area of practice directed by an attending anesthesiologist who is a subspecialist in that field. Serving as block coordinator, he or she oversees your education and training. Several anesthesiologists may work in a given area, along with a team of fellows, residents and medical students.

In the second year (CA-2), you will be challenged with more complex cases in rotations through advanced subspecialty blocks. These include cardiothoracic, pediatrics, critical care anesthesia (including liver transplantation and vascular surgery), neuroanesthesia, the post-anesthesia care unit and pain management. You will also spend time at Elmhurst Hospital Center for experience in trauma anesthesia.

Core curricula have been developed for training in the subspecialty areas. At the beginning of rotations, residents receive a manual outlining the educational objectives and recommended readings along with selected reprints of pertinent articles.

CA1 and 2 subspecialties rotations:

  • Cardiac – 2 months (CA-2)
  • Thoracic – 1 month (CA-2)
  • Pediatrics – 2 months (CA-2)
  • Neuroanesthesia – 2 months (1 month during CA-1 and 2)
  • Obstetrics anesthesia – 2 months (1 month during CA-1 and 2)
  • Pain management – 3 months (1 month during CA-1, 2 and 3)
  • Critical care – 2 months (1 month during CA-1 and 2)
  • Orthopedics – 1 month (1 month during CA-1 or 2)
  • Airway management – 1 month (CA-1 or 2)
  • ENT anesthesia – 1 month (CA-1 or 2)
  • Liver transplant anesthesia – 1 month (CA-2)
  • Trauma anesthesia – 1 month (CA-1 or 2)
  • PACU – 1 month (CA-2)