Developing a trauma curriculum for anesthesiology residents and fellows

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The board certification process for qualification by the American Board of Anesthesiology is undergoing significant review. A basic sciences examination has been added to the process and the traditional oral examination is evolving into a combined oral interview and practical skills assessment. These recent developments, as well as the growing body of evidence regarding the resuscitation of trauma patients, call for a revision in the curriculum beyond the documentation of participation in the anesthetics of 20 trauma patients. RECENT FINDINGS: The implications of the 80-h work week are beginning to be appreciated. The development of a new trauma curriculum must take this significant change in residency training into account while incorporating modern educational theory (e.g. simulation) and new data on the resuscitation of trauma patients. SUMMARY: Currently, the curriculum for trauma anesthesia requires only that residents participate in the anesthetics of 20 trauma patients. There is no plan for, and little literature regarding, a more extensive educational program. This offers a unique opportunity to innovate a novel curriculum in the anesthesiology residency. The American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness has designed a curriculum that can serve as a template for this important step forward in anesthesiology education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • 80-h work week
  • resuscitation
  • simulation
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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