Curriculum & Didactics - UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Curriculum & Didactics

The curriculum at the UW Anesthesiology program includes weekly full-day didactic sessions, simulation sessions in the state-of-the-art WISH lab, mock orals trainings twice a year, plus workshops and journal clubs in the evenings.

Didactics Sessions

Weekly didactics are led by our expert faculty. CA1s participate in a basic anesthesia “bootcamp” in July and August with full day didactics (8am-4:30pm). Beginning in late August, didactics rotate between the CA1, CA2, and CA3 classes. Didactics include simulations, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), practice mock orals and OSCEs, and Core Lectures.

In addition, each clinical subspecialty leads their own weekly didactics sessions.  Most occur in the morning and supplement clinical learning on the rotations. The department holds POCUS case reviews monthly and periodically hosts workshops and journal clubs.

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Training

We consider ultrasound training, namely image acquisition, interpretation, and knowledge application to be fundamental to the residency training program.  

Our program includes a comprehensive online series of video lectures and modular assessments paired with hands-on training in the form of simulation sessions and bedside scanning opportunities with expert proctoring. POCUS training is supplemented with case conferences, question and answer sessions, and knowledge assessment tools.  We monitor resident participation in ultrasound cases and evaluations to ensure residents successfully complete the program and graduate with the skills necessary to incorporate point of care ultrasound in a safe and effective way into their clinical practice.

Simulation Training

Residents training in our high fidelity simulator.

We have a state-of-the-art anesthesia simulator and a comprehensive program of simulation sessions for residents addressing critical incident management, Point of Care Ultrasound, TEE, ACLS bootcamps, Regional Anesthesia workshops, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, teamwork, and communication skills. Details about our simulation center are available on the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) website.


Mock Oral Board Sessions

We prepare our residents for oral board exams with mock sessions held twice a year.  Every resident has a 1:1 practice session with a faculty member.  Following the session, the faculty member provides feedback on the resident’s performance and suggestions for improvement.

Workshops & Journal Clubs

Residents are invited to attend bi-monthly continuous quality improvement sessions at Harborview Medical center and UW Medical Center- Montlake. Residents may also take advantage of evening workshops and journal clubs led by faculty.

Sample curriculum by year

Residency Curriculum
CA1 year CA2 year CA3 year
CA1 year
CA1 year
CA1 year
CA2 year
Airway Evaluation and Management
CA2 year
Anesthesia for CEA and AAA
CA2 year
Perioperative Myocardial Ischemia
CA3 year
Pharmacology and practical applications of inhalational agents
CA3 year
Anesthesia for cardiac surgery and basic TEE
CA3 year
QI Session
Pharmacology of Opioids
Geriatric Anesthesia
Ambulatory Management of Heart Failure
Ultrasound guided vascular access
Perioperative Management of Ischemic Heart Disease
Critical Care Review
IV Anesthetics
Neuro Jeopardy
Pediatrics Board Review
Inhalational Agents
Surgical Airway
Pain Board Review
Pre-Op Evaluation
Pulmonary medicine in Critical Care
Neuro Board Review
Neuromuscular blockers
Anesthesia Infection Prevention
Thoracic Anesthesia Board Review
PONV Prophylaxis
Neuromuscular Disease
Cardiac Anesthesia Board Review
Blood gas station
CICO/Surgical Airway
Attorney, Contracts, Subpoena, Deposition, and Testimony
Temp Regulation Physiology
Anesthesia for cardiac surgery and basic TEE
Financial planning for life after residency
Fluid Therapy
Anesthesia for heart and lung transplant
TEE Review
Basics of Mechanical ventilation and respiratory physiology
Anesthesia for AAA
Anesthesia Machine
PBLDs on many different topics
Vasopressors and Sympathetic/Parasympathetic Systems
Upper and Lower Extremity blocks
Regional Anesthesia Workshop
Preop Assessment of the Critically Ill Patient
Epidural Placement
The Basics of OB Anesthesia
The Basics of Peds Anesthesia
DNR and Advanced Care Planning