The anesthesiology residency at MMC is a categorical program that accepts five new residents a year totaling twenty from intern to CA-3 year. Compared to other programs, our group of residents is small; but that is the only area where our numbers are small.
Training begins in the first year as a one-month tutorial one-to-one with a staff anesthesiologist. As beginning residents gain confidence and ability, they are given more responsibility and autonomy. After six months of general anesthesia training, residents begin to rotate among our subspecialty rotations.
In the CA-3 year, our residents are allowed to compose their own schedule of subspecialty training. We also allow our residents to do an optional three-month away rotation at the program of their choice.
Residents are assigned mentors. Meetings with mentors and the program director are scheduled every six months to assess progress and plan for future experiences.
MMC makes resident satisfaction a priority and hosts numerous social events for all residents including a popular annual lobster bake and shrimp party. More outings are then sponsored by each residency program, such as Internal Medicine's Casco Bay schooner cruise and family day at The Sea Dogs baseball stadium. 2010 saw the inaugural anesthesia resident rafting trip; two nights of camping, unbeatable camaraderie, and a whitewater run down the Kennebec River during one of its high volume releases providing fast-paced thrills and the occasional spill.
The anesthesia residents are no strangers to fun times in Maine. Our residents are members of community soccer, basketball and hockey teams. Several are avid skiers and have participated in ski patrol at nearby resorts. Our residents also participate in local marathons and cycling competitions. And for those choosing a less physically demanding experience, weekly trivia challenges at local taverns and holiday house parties are popular among the group.
Our graduating residents have a fantastic track record of landing top fellowship positions. They report back to us that their experience at MMC surpasses that of their peers trained at other institutions.