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About the Program

We have an excellent clinical training program:

  • ~60,000 anesthetics annually

  • 4 hospitals, 3 outpatient surgery centers, and 2 private practices provide a broad training experience and exposure to diverse working environments

  • Small resident class (9 per year, no fellows) allows resident access to the best teaching cases

  • Excellent case variety: thoracic, neuro, pediatric, pain, cardiac, transplant, level 1 trauma center, extensive regional anesthesia experience

  • Residents assigned based on educational rather than service needs

  • World-class simulation center and comprehensive didactic program

  • Great environment for resident training produces consistently high resident satisfaction

PROGRAM ORIGINS:

Hartford, Connecticut has an important place in the history of anesthesiology. At one point, it was the home of Horace Wells who described the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide in 1844. The Hartford Hospital Anesthesiology Residency was one of the first anesthesiology residencies in the country, and the American Board of Anesthesiology was headquartered in the city for many years.

The merger of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Anesthesiology Residency Program with that of Hartford Hospital integrated two well-established anesthesiology programs. What emerged is an excellent training program that blends superb clinical training sites with the academic strength of the University.

SUPERB CLINICAL ANESTHESIOLOGISTS:

Our forte is training physicians to become masterful clinical anesthesiologists. Graduates of the program move on to practice in both private practices and academic departments. The program encompasses four hospitals with 115 anesthetizing locations; approximately 60,000 anesthetics are delivered per year. The tremendous variety and number of cases coupled with a relatively small number of residents allows residents to be assigned to cases having the greatest educational benefit. Exposure to challenging and rigorous cases fosters the professional growth and confidence that is necessary for a satisfying career in anesthesiology.

SEPARATION OF EDUCATIONAL MERIT AND MANPOWER NEEDS:

The fact that we staff a large number of locations with relatively few residents by no means implies that residents’ working conditions are onerous. On the contrary, resident assignments are based on educational value rather than service needs.

DIDACTIC PROGRAM:

Our comprehensive education program is designed to provide a framework to ensure academic achievement. Residents are always relieved from clinical duties to attend weekly 2–4 hour formal didactic sessions. These sessions include lectures, journal club, case discussions, resident presentations, biostatistics, and in-depth review of topics selected from the American Board of Anesthesiology content outline. Each clinical site also conducts a weekly educational activity such as a morbidity and mortality conference and subspecialty lectures. Residents also benefit from an oral board preparation course and the opportunity to practice with three of our faculty members who serve as examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology.

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY:

All residents prepare and present a rigorously researched review of a self-selected topic during their third year of training in consultation with a faculty mentor. In addition, several of our physicians have ongoing research projects and encourage resident participation in research projects. Many of our residents present at national meetings and some have co‑authored publications in peer reviewed journals.

SIMULATOR TRAINING:

Under the guidance of Drs. Thomas Mort and Michael Archambault, residents participate in simulator-based training using Hartford Hospital’s cutting edge simulation center (CESI-link: http://www.harthosp.org/simcenter/default.aspx). Before entering the OR, new residents gain confidence through three days of simulation focused on difficult airway skills, reviewing ACLS protocols, and drilling on team-based management of OR emergencies. Simulator training continues throughout residency, allowing residents to practice managing uncommon clinical emergencies such as malignant hyperthermia while reinforcing management strategies for more common clinical scenarios. We believe this educational experience adds greatly to the residency experience. Take a virtual tour of the simulation center here:
(link: http://www.harthosp.org/SimCenter/VirtualTour/default.aspx)

LIFESTYLE:

Our residents have time to study and to pursue outside interests and obligations during training. New residents have no call or weekends for the first three months to maximize their time to read and settle into their new role. Afterward, night call is every fifth night on average with 7:00 a.m. relief and the next day off. Daily relief from clinical OR duties usually occurs at approximately 5:00 p.m.. Resident duty hours are tracked to ensure compliance with ACGME rules.

LIFE AFTER RESIDENCY:

Graduates of our program have successful careers in both academic and private practice settings. Notably, our residents are happy and many choose to join one of our affiliated practices. The feedback we receive regarding our graduates’ performance is uniformly positive: They are productive, talented anesthesiologists with solid educational background and outstanding clinical acumen.

For information regarding our program please contact
Anesthesiology Chairman: Jeffrey B. Gross, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Jane Wright, MHA
University of CT ~ School of Medicine – MC 2015
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2015
Phone: 860-679-3600
Fax: 860~679~1275
E-mail Address: jawright@uchc.edu