Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside Hospitals offers 13 categorical positions through the Department of Anesthesiology at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
This four-year program uses multiple educational formats, both formal and informal. As a resident, you gain personalized training and mentorship from leaders in anesthesiology known worldwide in a friendly and comfortable learning environment.
Clinical Base Year
The clinical base year provides a strong foundation in medicine and surgery with a variety of electives to provide you with a well-rounded experience that helps you grow as a perioperative physician and future anesthesiologist. Our year-long program includes three months of inpatient internal medicine and general surgery, one month of emergency medicine, and one month of critical care. In addition, you experience a month-long perioperative medicine rotation with an emphasis on acute pain management (peri-surgical home), and a one-month rotation in clinical anesthesiology, where you work one-on-one with a clinical mentor. You maintain this mentoring relationship throughout your training. Our clinical base program also includes two elective months where you can enhance your experience in ultrasound, cardiology, echocardiograms, cardiac intensive care unit, or in the blood bank.
Our clinical base year familiarizes you with the close knit surgical and medicine communities of Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside and smooths your transition to anesthesia practice. You become a part of the Department of Anesthesiology through your anesthesia and perioperative medicine rotations as well as regular meetings with the program leadership and an Intern Year Improvement Committee composed of clinical anesthesia (CA) residents.
Clinical Anesthesia – Year 1
The first year of CA training focuses on the administration of general anesthetic care coupled with a robust didactic program with an eye toward The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) BASIC examination.
Our first year residents receive an intensive, one-month-long introduction to the anesthesiology curriculum, which includes one-on-one clinical mentoring, twice daily didactics, and simulation-based training. During the first month of your residency, you are excused from clinical duties so that you can attend weeklysimulation labs. After this intensive introduction, we offer ongoing training every week with rotating small groups of students. You continue to work with your clinical mentor from the internship year. Didactics include basic anesthesia knowledge along with sessions on well-being, study skills, and professionalism. Simulation training takes place in small groups and covers general topics including anesthesia induction, emergence, hypoxia, hypotension, and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).
For the remainder of the year, the primary focus of our CA-1s is on general anesthesia, though most also rotate through our pre-admission testing clinic, non-operating room anesthesia, the post-operative care unit, and the medical intensive care unit. You also begin subspecialty exposure with rotations in obstetric anesthesia, chronic pain, neuroanesthesia, and cardiac, among others.
Our first year residents participate in an ABA BASIC exam review course near the end of the year. To help you get ready, we provide a study guide prepared by the program director as well as a course series that reviews the ABA content outline.
Clinical Anesthesia – Year 2
As a CA-2 resident, you find yourself immersed in subspecialty just as you have hit your stride in the general practice of anesthesia. This year will prove to be one of dynamic growth and challenge, as you gain exposure across many hospital locations. You rotate through cardiac, pediatric, obstetric, regional, thoracic, neuroanesthesia, chronic pain management, acute pain management, the surgical intensive care unit, and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
During this year, you participate in our ABA ADVANCED didactic curriculum. We encourage our senior residents to present medically challenging cases or original research nationally as part of their professional development (every year multiple CA-2 residents present at the American Society of Anesthesiologists, New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, Society for Education in Anesthesia, or subspecialty conferences). Over the last few years, CA-2 residents have joined our faculty on international service trips to locations including Bolivia, China, Burma, Tanzania, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic.
Clinical Anesthesia – Year 3
While our CA-3 residents continue with subspecialty rotations, our program emphasizes a qualitative shift toward the higher level practice of incorporating principles such as oversight, leadership, resource management, and junior resident mentorship.
During this year, you spend one month at The Mount Sinai Hospital where you experience challenging and complex cardiac cases, pediatric cardiothoracic cases, and transplants. A month-long vascular rotation exposes you to major vascular and complex aortic endovascular cases. You also devote an additional month to practicing thoracic anesthesia at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This last training year is rounded out with additional echo/cardiac and advanced airway/ear, nose, and throat experiences. Unlike earlier years, this year in the general anesthesia rotations, you assume new leadership roles at both of our hospitals as team captain, coordinating the operating room alongside the on-call attending, and you take on more of a supervisory role with junior residents.
The following is an example of the training schedule for our residents categorized by clinical anesthesia (CA) years.