Residents spend two consecutive months at Comer Children’s Hospital during their CA-2 year, and occasionally their CA-1 year, for the required pediatric anesthesia experience. An advanced elective month in pediatric anesthesia is available during the CA-3 year.
Comer Children’s Hospital is a free-standing, 172-bed acute-care facility for family-centered, comprehensive, state-of-the-art care. In this major tertiary academic referral center and pediatric Level I trauma center, Comer staff care for children of all ages, from premature neonates to older adolescents, with all types of medical problems, ranging from the common to the rare and complex. Comer Children’s Hospital is committed to serving the community by caring for Medicaid patients and those without insurance.
Residents gain clinical experience managing pediatric patients with a variety of pathologies for all types of surgeries and procedures. Included are routine surgical cases and pediatric subspecialties: neurosurgery, craniofacial, cardiac, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, urology, plastic, burn, trauma, and transplant surgery. Diagnostic and therapeutic medical procedures, such endoscopy, interventional radiology, and CT/MRI, are performed outside the operating room.
A dedicated pediatric anesthesia morning lecture series takes place two or three times a week. Rotating residents participate in mock oral boards and attend departmental Grand Rounds on other mornings. We also hold pediatric anesthesia morbidity and mortality conference and journal club sessions. Additionally, residents participate in pediatric-specific simulation sessions at the University of Chicago’s in-situ simulation center at Comer.