Under exceptional circumstances (such as the COVID-19 outbreak), the residency program replaces all face-to-face didactic and educational conferences by webinars. These meetings are held using AUB virtual meeting rooms and learning platforms. This aims to maintain a positive environment conducive to learning and educational excellence in the residency program, while keeping everyone safe.
Grand Rounds are held weekly and consist of a formal anesthesiology faculty member presentation or guest speakers from other specialties or CA3 residents. Subject matter for grand rounds vary, but may include basic sciences, research, clinical anesthesia, case presentations, medical education or other topics. Yearly, grand rounds about drug abuse awareness, as well as anesthesia related specialties such as cardiology and cardiac surgery, pulmonary, neurosurgery, endocrinology, palliative care and psychiatry are held. Each CA-3 resident gives a grand round presentation during his/her final year. The goal of these and other oral presentations is to develop the communicative skills necessary for a consultant anesthesiologist as well as for successful completion of the graduation requirements.
Medical Education Lecture Series
The program introduced a ‘Medical Education Lecture
Series’ into its curriculum in 2017. The target audience is both faculty members and residents. These lectures tackle several topics including faculty development in medical education; e.g. Assessment tools,
Active Teaching Strategies, Providing Effective Feedback, etc. In addition, this
initiative grants each resident the opportunity to become more
knowledgeable about the ACGME-I milestones, expected learning outcomes of their residency,
assessment tools, fatigue management and mitigation, teaching skills, providing
professional and useful feedback to their peers, etc. Speakers are either
internal (from the department itself) or from other departments at AUB (Program for
Research and Innovation in Medical Education - PRIME, Department of Education, key faculty from other departments).
A resident presents interesting and relevant peer-reviewed articles, and is guided by a faculty member (moderator). This does not not only encourage the residents to follow peer-reviewed journals but also helps them develop the skills necessary to read such material critically.
Morbidity & Mortality
Monthly M&M conference provides an additional opportunity for resident participation in critical evaluation of patient care. A case, with an adverse outcome, is discussed and thoroughly reviewed. During the presentation, system errors are identified in addition to gaps in patient care, and the discussion focuses on how care could have been improved. The M&M is presented by the resident and the faculty member involved in the case.
ABA Keyword Review Sessions
These sessions cover the ABA keywords with special emphasis on the areas of improvement revealed by the yearly Anesthesia Knowledge Test (AKT) report for each resident.
Board Review and Jeopardy Sessions
A resident prepares a jeopardy session, while presenting series of TrueLearn and ACE board review questions. Throughout these sessions, residents will be able to challenge their knowledge of the fundamentals in anesthesia, including subspecialty content tailored to the generalist. TrueLearn and ACE serve as great learning resources for residents. Hence, these board review sessions satisfy the program's lifelong learning and self-assessment requirements, and expose residents to the essential knowledge material that is likely to be seen in the annual In-Training Examination.
Attending-Based Sub-Specialty Lectures
Specialty lectures cover topics from different anesthesiology subspecialties. A specialty lecture series includes a total of six lectures per subspecialty; two per each CA level: CA1-Physiology/Anatomy; CA2-Monitoring/Clinical; CA3-Advanced Clinical. These also include a pain lecture series for the transitional year residents (during their pain rotation) and interns from other departments.
Core Curriculum Sessions
Residents and faculty members present lectures based on selected chapters from the core curriculum material. Faculty members can also serve as moderators for these sessions. The reference book for these sessions is Miller's Anesthesia. The core curriculum sessions are designed to prepare residents for successful completion of the core curriculum exam.
Practice Management Lectures
Practice management lectures are presented at least five times per year. These practice management lectures address issues such as operating room management, financial planning for doctors, fundamentals of coding & billing, building effective leaders in health care, lean management, managing clinical risk through communication and teamwork, and interprofessional collaboration in healthcare.
Problem Based Learning Discussions
Two to three sessions are presented monthly by faculty members. These might include case discussions related to the care of patients in the ICU, pain management cases and the management of patients undergoing complex surgical procedures. The faculty member might also present an assigned clinical scenario and lead a discussion of the relevant perioperative issues.
Residents attend research meetings with the department research director twice per month. During these meetings, residents discuss the progress of their FRRP projects with the research director, in the presence of their colleagues. They also attend meetings organized by the IRB teamon IRB application process and proper consenting.
Pain Team Rounds
The pain team is composed of the clinical nurse specialist, the pain nurses, an anesthesia junior resident, an anesthesia senior resident and the attending on service. The pain division provides comprehensive care for both acute and chronic pain syndromes, and preemptive daily rounds are performed to facilitate the care of these patients. Throughout these rounds, residents develop skills related to the six competencies. They learn how to assess and manage pain, appropriately modify care plans based on the patient's clinical course, his/her preferences, and cost-effectiveness principles. During these rounds, residents also practice effective communication with all members of the healthcare team. Residents also learn how to be part of a multidisciplinary team including nurses, physical therapists as well as physicians, and exchange information with other healthcare professionals involved in the care of the patient.
Simulation Sessions/ Workshops
The anesthesiology department conducts yearly high fidelity simulation training for all anesthesia residents. These sessions focus on rare or high acuity scenarios to provide residents with crisis management encounters. Scenarios include malignant hyperthermia, local anesthesia toxicity, general anesthesia for cesarean sections, difficult airway for cesarean section, and breaking bad news.
Several workshops are also organized yearly. These include but are not limited to a thoracic anesthesia workshop, a regional anesthesia workshop, and a difficult airway workshop. Residents also attend yearly cadaveric-based pain workshops delivered by subject matter experts from the Spine Intervention Society (SIS). In addition, residents are sponsored to attend the Lebanese Society of Anesthesia workshops, as well as the Advanced Trauma Life Support workshop.