Obstetric Anesthesia

First- and second-year anesthesiology residents rotate for 2 months on obstetric anesthesia, where they participate in the clinical care of both healthy and high-risk parturients. Residents become skillful at providing analgesia for labor and delivery and anesthesia for operative obstetric procedures; they also learn the critical role the anesthesiologist plays in maternal safety. Residents undergo simulation training for the administration of general anesthesia for emergency cesarean delivery. Didactic sessions are conducted daily, and journal club, weekly. Multidisciplinary care is stressed, and residents take part in daily multidisciplinary rounds and monthly multidisciplinary morbidity and mortality conferences. Most CA-3 residents elect to spend an additional 1-2 months on the service, where they assume a largely supervisory role and take part in a transthoracic echocardiography curriculum.