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Education and Examination

Didactic Education

Clinical Base Year
  • Monthly chapter assignments from Miller's Anesthesia
  • Protected time for CA-1 core lectures and Grand Rounds


  • Core Lectures
  • Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Simulation Training
  • Journal club
  • CA-3 board prep and oral board prep
Staged Exams

In-training Examination
200-question exam taken each February by all levels of anesthesia residents in the US. Preparation for exam includes in SLUCorps, weekly readings from Miller's Anesthesia, provided by the department.

Basic Examination
This exam in taken at the end of CA-1 year and covers scientific basis of clinical anesthesia practice, concentrating on pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, anesthesia equipment and monitoring.

Advanced Examination
The final staged examination of training is taken at the end of CA-3. It tests clinical aspects of anesthesia practice and emphasizes subspecialty anesthesia and advanced clinical issues.

Oral Boards and OSCE
The oral board consists of two 35-minute sessions that assess decision making and management of surgical and anesthetic complications. OSCEs consist of a seven-station circuit to evaluate communication, professionalism, and technical skills in patient care. Both take place that the Assessment Center In Raleigh, N.C.

Staged Exams

Scholarly Activity 

Residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of basic or clinical research throughout their training. They also assist in quality improvement measures throughout the hospital by choosing and developing a QI project that addresses a need they have observed around the hospital.

Beyond our own walls, SLU anesthesia residents take an active part in research and scholarly activity around the country as well. Each year the program sends residents to present at a variety of research conferences including the Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference (MARC), the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) annual conference, and Society of Critical Care Anesthesia (SOCCA).