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MMC Anesthesiology Didactics and Educational Activities

Equally important to the resident of anesthesiology is a rigorous didactic program. The core body of knowledge that is the foundation of the practice of anesthesiology is presented in a curriculum entitled "Seminars in Anesthesiology."  Residents learn most of this material in the problem-based learning format wherein a faculty member presents and facilitates the discussion of a case and reviews the pertinent current literature.f

Each Tuesday afternoon, residents have protected time for the Seminars program and are relieved from all clinical duties from 1:30 - 4:30 for participation. Each resident has opportunities to lead problem-based learning discussions with the guidance of faculty. Where appropriate, experts from other fields in medicine and surgery are invited to contribute to the Seminars program.

Simulation Training

Residents have the opportunity to take advantage of MMC's new state-of-the-art simulation center that opened its doors in 2010 offering high-tech and realistic simulation and providing an environment for learning new techniques and enhancing skills through repeated practice and review.

Before our incoming CA-1s manage their first case in our OR, they spend a week in the simulation center learning how to safely provide anesthesia care to patients so that they can feel more comfortable and be more efficient in the real setting. Trips to the simulation center are then planned nearly every month to continue providing exposure to difficult OR scenerios and allowing the residents to develop plans to quickly and effectively address a wide variety of issues. Simulation training continues through all years of MMC's anesthesiology residency.

For more information, visit the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation at MMC.

Additional Educational Activities and Support

Cardiac anesthesia and TEE conference takes place with residents and attendings frequently. Participation is required for residents rotating through the cardiovascular subspecialty, but all residents and staff are invited to attend.

The department hosts a Journal Club quarterly at a staff member’s home. The articles are presented by residents who then lead the discussions.

Mock oral boards are provided to all residents twice a year to assist in preparation for the ABA Certification process. The department pays particular attention to detail in organizing and facilitating this process to ensure that the resident becomes comfortable with the process. There are several ABA Oral Board Examiners within the department who ensure continuity with the ABA’s procedures.

A departmental library in in close proximity to the operating rooms, and the Maine Medical Center Health Sciences Library provides state of the art resources for reference and research. Computers for resident use are provided in several locations, including operating rooms.


The department considers academic investigation an important part of education and encourages resident participation in clinical research and scientific presentations. The anesthesiology department employs a full-time research coordinator to facilitate research projects on many levels including literature searches and navigating the IRB approval process.

Grand Rounds

Each Thursday morning, the department hosts Anesthesiology Grand Rounds in Maine Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Dana Auditorium. The surgery schedule is delayed by 1-hour to accommodate the program, ensuring the participation of all department members. Presentations include staff lectures, resident lectures, interactive case conferences, visiting lecturers, departmental and subspecialty updates, as well as Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) conferences.

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