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department of anesthesiology

Residency Program - Curriculum



Grand Rounds


Grand Rounds are held on Wednesday mornings from 7-8AM and are attended by medical students, residents, CRNAs and faculty.  Topics range from innovate changes in the field of Anesthesiology, to the basics of research and professionalism.  Active participation by all is encouraged.  In addition to outside speakers, residents as well as faculty members provide lectures. 

Morbidity and Mortality Series

The last Wednesday of every month from 7-8AM, Grand Rounds is typically reserved for review of cases which are believed to provide instructional benefit to all in an effort to improve patient safety and the quality of service we provide.  Attendance at those lectures is typically restricted to residents, CRNAs and faculty of the Anesthesiology department. 



Resident Educational and Clinical Series


Lecture Series

The majority of the anesthesiology lecture series is presented at Temple University Hospital.  For training and education in pediatric anesthesiology, residents rotate through St. Christopher’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where they are required to participate in the educational programs held by those institutions. 

CA – 1 “Introduction to Anesthesiology”

The CA-1 year begins in July and continues in August with an intense daily lecture series designed to introduce the new trainee to important elements within the field of Anesthesiology.  This lecture series is bolstered by experience in both the operating room and the Simulation Center.   

Beginning in September, the CA-1 class which is now typically integrated into operating room schedule, has a 45 min lecture provided weekly.  The lectures are structured to focus the CA-1 resident in their independent study of the knowledge content required for the Basic examination.  Each lecture is approximately 45 minutes in length with 10-15 minutes reserved for questions and answers. 

CA-2 “Advanced Concepts in Anesthesiology”

Starting in the CA-2 year, the resident is expected to begin acquiring a knowledge base demonstrating their more learned position within the program.  A lecture series for this class focuses on more advanced topics in Anesthesiology.  The CA-2 resident is expected to demonstrate a greater participation within the lecture series as they embrace the ACGME goals of life-long commitment to learning.  The lectures which begin in September and require more active resident participation, are 45 minutes long, with 10-15 minutes reserved for questions and answers. 


CA-3 “Honing Advanced Training and Transitioning to Excellence”

The CA-3 resident who is beginning the transition to Anesthesiology Attending begins the year by providing one lecture to the new CA-1 resident under the mentorship of a faculty member. 

In September, the CA-3 class begins their lecture series.  The lectures which are 45 minutes long, with 10-15 minutes reserved for questions and answers, continue to address topics not previously covered in the CA-2 year and to review topics pertinent to the Advanced Examination. 


Beginning the CA-1 year and continuing through the CA-3 year, residents are exposed to both common and rare events in Anesthesiology through a dynamic and constantly evolving Simulation program staffed by simulation trained Anesthesiology Attendings.  Through simulation, residents gain confidence and awareness in the management of critical scenarios. 


Throughout the year, workshops are conducted to actively engage the resident learner in the anesthesiology concepts they have been studying independently as well as those presented in lectures.  The workshops permit both faculty and resident to uncover and resolve gaps in training. 

Oral Board Review

Starting in the spring, CA-3 residents will conduct a 20 minute oral examination with two selected faculty members.  The oral examination will be conducted in the format of the ABA oral board examination. Following each oral examination, the resident will have a 10-15 minute feedback session to address deficiencies as well as strengths of each participant.