In addition to Didactics, the Anesthesiology Resident Program exposes students to interesting and complex cases and other experts in the field through the following teaching methods listed in detail below: Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, Case Conference, Journal Club, Pediatric Conference, the Simulator, Written Board Review, Oral Board Review, Problem Based Learning, Research Conference, and Guest Lectures.

Throughout their training, residents are encouraged to actively participate in research projects.  Physician-investigators and scientists present a monthly research conference that provides an opportunity for residents to discuss research design, cutting edge subject matter and critique current basic science and clinical research activities.Residents are provided with basic textbooks upon entering the program aswell as membership into professional organizations.

An institutional as well as departmental educational allowance is provided to each resident annually.  This allowance may be used for books or to help defray costs to a conference of their choice.  Residents are also given palm pilots to assist them in tracking their cases and with time management issues.

The Didactic Program

Students and UMDNJEach year the program begins with an intense 1-month overview of basic anesthesiology and perioperative medicine topics. This introduces CA-1 residents to the fundamentals of anesthesiology not only through didactics but also through intense clinical training with a one-on-one attending. After the month is over CA-1 residents, along with the CA-2 and -3’s begin a year long didactic program based on the premise of self-guided education with lectures serving as review. Additionally, the curriculum includes written and oral board review, journal club, grand round presentations, case conference, PBLD, as well as medical student lectures which are given by residents to encourage academic development and learn various lecturing methods.



Anesthesiology Grand Rounds is a weekly formal presentation that features a renowned visiting professor, a faculty member of New Jersey Medical School, or senior resident case presentations. Third year residents may select to present a Grand Rounds at the conclusion of their research project to partially satisfy the scholarly activity requirement of program requirements for residency education in anesthesiology.

Case Conference is a weekly meeting, which provides Anesthesiology staff and residents with a venue to discuss interesting and complex cases, morbidities and mortalities. Complementing the didactic program, these:

  • Emphasize patient management options
  • Develop clinical judgment skills
  • Identify areas of controversy in context of real cases
  • Provide a lively exchange of ideas
  • Insure a regular quality improvement program

Journal Club is presented monthly and is an opportunity for residents to master critical reading skills that are so necessary to keep up-to-date with the rapidly changing field of anesthesiology.  Journal Club is designed to demonstrate critical analysis of scientific literature and focus on an interactive critique that highlights clinical relevance of the medical literature. 

Dr. Patel and residentsPediatric Conference Clinical opportunities for the practice of pediatric anesthesia abound in pediatric surgical subspecialties at University Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center. The following pediatric subspecialties are represented: Ear, Nose, and Throat, Plastics, Orthopedics, General, Ophthalmologic, Neurologic and Trauma Surgery. Additionally, Pediatric Anesthesia services are available to practitioners in the Divisions of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oncology, and Pediatric Radiology. Cases are distributed along a spectrum of illness severity. A clinical case conference is conducted once or twice every month, which covers the ABA content outline fully over a two-year time period. Conferences are presented by residents with faculty support and guidance. See Pediatric Anesthesia for more information.

Written Board Review is scheduled weekly and designed to assist residents in obtaining a passing grade on the In-Training Examination (ITE) as well as surpassing the national mean on the AKT (Anesthesia Knowledge Test). A faculty member moderates each session and reviews a chapter from Barash's "Clinical Anesthesia" utilizing key words from the ITE. Questions and answers from the chapter are discussed.

Oral Board Review is a monthly session in which all CA levels meet with a senior faculty member to practice for the oral boards. One resident is chosen to be examined simulating the actual environment of the oral board examination. This educational exercise benefits all by reviewing:

  • Questions
  • Resident responses
  • Nuances of the examination process

PBL (Problem Based Learning) is a monthly discussion providing residents with an opportunity to address and solve authentic clinical problems. Residents drive the discussion and actively learn by researching and seeking answers to issues and problems presented.

Research Conference is a monthly research conference held for faculty and residents to develop and critique research projects within the Department of Anesthesiology.

Guest Lectures exposes residents to specialized topics such as Practice Management and Contract Negotiations presented by leaders in various fields of health and medicine.

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