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 during the PGY1 year when all residents will have two months rotating with the anesthesia department. The rotation includes patient safety experience and OR experience.
Training continues as a CA-1 resident with a one-month tutorial one-to-one with a staff anesthesiologist. In addition, residents are periodically paired with upper level residents. 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.
Maine Medical Center prioritizes resident well-being. We believe residency remains a rigorous academic endeavor. Hence, keeping residents energized, preventing fatigue, reducing stress and maintaining resident well-being during their training is paramount in keeping our residents engaged at all times. Residents are given a day off during the beginning of their PGY1 year to allow them to set up appointment with local providers. Beginning in the CA1 year, the department works to give residents an afternoon break during their 24 hour call shift, Monday-Friday. We are one of the few residency programs in the country that have resident break during their 24 hour call shift. The only exception is on weekend coverage where residents remain in-house for the duration 24 hour duration. Of note, goals on the weekend is to have the residents be involved in interesting academic/educational cases while the CRNA staff covers more of the routine cases.
Maine Medical Center 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 a department family day at Sea Dogs baseball games and First Friday Feasts. 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. Several are avid skiers and hikers. A few will catch a wave after work if the conditions are right.
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.