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Clinical Anesthesia Training

Clinical Anesthesia Training

A minimum of four years of graduate medical education is necessary to train a physician in the field of Anesthesiology.  Three years of the training must be in Clinical Anesthesia.  The Review Committee for Anesthesiology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredit programs only in those institutions that possess the educational resources to provide three years of clinical anesthesia training.  The capability to provide the Clinical Base Year within the same institution is desirable but not required for accreditation.

The continuum of education in anesthesiology consists of four years of training, the Clinical Base Year (CBY or PGY-1) and 36 months of clinical anesthesia training (CA-1, CA-2, and CA-3 years)

Please note that during your CA-1 & CA-2 years you will have to complete mandatory rotations and below is an example of what to expect.  Please note that an * indicates mandatory rotation and ^ indicates optional, but these are highly encouraged to allow for a well-rounded education.

CA-1 (PGY-2) Year

  • 4 weeks of CA-1 Introductory Tutorial Program (Computer Based Training Courses, CareConnection Training, Dragon Training, Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management)
  • ACLS certification course
  • ATLS Certification Course
  • 16 – 28 weeks general OR *
  • 4 weeks of Perioperative Medicine rotation – if not completed during PGY-1 year (CBY)
  • 2 weeks of PACU (Palliative Care Unit)*
  • 2 weeks fiber optics ^
  • 4 weeks Preoperative Anesthesiology Clinic *
  • 16 weeks ICU Anesthesiology * – Training at Hines VA Hospital  (up to 2 months can be done during PGY-1 year)
  • 4 weeks Airway Management

CA-2 (PGY-3) Year:

  • 12 weeks Pediatric Anesthesiology * - Training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • 8 weeks Obstetric Anesthesiology *
  • 8 weeks Neurology Anesthesiology *
  • 12 weeks Pain Management * (1 month Regional, 1 month Acute, & 1 month Chronic)
  • 8 weeks Cardiovascular Anesthesiology *
  • Remaining general OR weeks

CA-3 (PGY-4) Year:

  • 4 weeks OR Management ^
  • 4 weeks Cardiovascular & Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology ^  –  Training at Advocate Christ Hospital
  • 18 weeks for elective rotations in subspecialty areas of anesthetic practice or/and research
  • ACLS re-certification
  • PALS recertification
  • Remaining general OR weeks

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