Didactics

How will you learn?

We offer exceptional clinical training paired with innovative and interactive didactics that well-prepare our residents for fellowship and beyond. As Nebraska’s top hospital as reported by multiple agencies, we offer ample access to challenging cases from a wide variety of patients. We put our residents beside passionate industry leaders and on the forefront of challenging clinical scenarios early and often. Residents are encouraged to customize their training experience with elective rotations and clinical research.

In-Person Didactics  

Each week, Tuesday afternoons are reserved for CA1 didactics, Wednesday afternoons for CBYs, and Thursday afternoons for CA2s and CA3s. Residents find this consistent format allows for immediate application of learned materials. Content presentation varies between lessons led by faculty experts who are educators at heart, and resident-led lessons that allow young physicians to shine.

Additionally, we hold “boot camps,” or more frequent didactics that cover intensive topics, at relevant times throughout training. Residents are encouraged to attend department-wide learning opportunities such as the weekly grand rounds meeting, monthly journal clubs, quality assurance meetings, and morbidity and mortality meetings.

Self-Guided Didactics  

One of our most-loved educational tools is the Learning Portal, an online, interactive source for training material produced by our faculty that coincides with our rotations and the ABA content outline. The Learning Portal covers hundreds of topics and includes interactive features that aid retention. Additionally, residents are provided use of a university tablet, relevant textbooks and a TrueLearn subscription for content quizzes.

Mentorship  

Each resident mentee is assigned a faculty mentor who acts as a resource during all four years of residency. Mentors provide guidance, inspiration and a safe space to navigate issues. Additionally, many residents develop organic mentee/mentorship relationships with other residents and faculty as their education evolves.

Simulation  

Our simulation curriculum is robust and developed and led by our own faculty. All residents receive small-group sessions specific to their learning level multiple times per year. Simulation facilities include those within the state-of-the-art Global Davis Center, the Clinical Simulation Lab, and the department’s own high-definition simulator, task trainers, and echocardiography simulator. Simulation techniques include recreating realistic environments through virtual and augmented reality, holographic and visualization techniques, task trainers and more.  In addition, our residents participate in skills labs led by faculty experts throughout residency to practice and augment skills specifically related to anesthesia training.

The Davis Global Center was opened in 2020 and is the second-largest medical simulation center in the world. The facility houses the Nation’s only Federal Quarantine Unit, a biocontainment unit with simulation center, a visualization and virtual reality theater, multiple medical simulation and clinical skills labs, and a fresh tissue lab.

Board Exam Preparation  

American Board of Anesthesiology board examination preparation begins the moment a resident starts at UNMC. CBYs are exposed to introductory anesthesiology topics amidst their broad training. Our didactic curriculum is separated into Basic Exam (CA1) and Advanced Exam (CA2/3) coverage. 

Preparation for the Applied Exam begins immediately in the CA1 year. Practice sessions for the Standardized Oral Exam (SOE) occur monthly and in small groups with immediate feedback. Practice for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) takes place throughout residency during simulation sessions.  Each resident is provided a full-length mock Applied Exam in the Clinical Skills Lab during their CA3 year with the opportunity to return after graduation for additional practice. Sessions are recorded so faculty may provide valuable feedback to each resident.

"Leaving the Nest" Training  

The department-exclusive Introduction to Practice Series is led by faculty within the department who are familiar with the process of transitioning from learner to independent physician. The series provides anesthesia-specific financial advice, insurance information, leadership and administrative training, wellness and culture-building skills, and more.

Additionally, the institution’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) office offers a four-part Resident Development Series including the following modules: Patient Safety & Quality Improvement; Risk Management & Medical Malpractice; Business Management & Health Policy; and Leadership, Professionalism & Wellbeing. 

For more information on what the GME has to offer, visit the Testimonials and Tours page.

Research  

UNMC places a strong emphasis on research and scholarly activity. In the academic year 2020, the institution set another record for research funding from external sources, topping $174.2 million, a 26% increase from the previous year's record of $138 million.

In typical years, department faculty scholarly activity accounts for 40+ publications in peer-reviewed journals and 100+ contributions to national and international conferences. Residents typically contribute 20+ posters at national conferences. Residents pursuing research will find support at the institutional level through the Clinical Trials Office and the College of Public Health, and through the following department assets:

  • Basic science researchers (3)
  • Multiple clinical researchers
  • Translational researcher
  • Research Nurses (2)
  • Statistician
  • Resident Research Oversight Committee (RROC)
Health Educators and Academic Leaders (HEAL) Track  

The Health Educators & Academic Leaders (HEAL) curriculum provides a foundation in best teaching practices, educational scholarship, and academic leadership to health professionals in training.  

The HEAL curriculum is designed to allow health professional trainees and students the opportunity to develop essential skills as educators before transitioning into their careers. 

Learn more about the Health Educator and Academic Leaders (HEAL) Track.

CRANE Scholar Program  

The six-month research elective (CRANE Scholar Program) is an ABA-approved option for anesthesia residents in academic departments who 1) are interested/invested in research 2) have a promising track record of preliminary research success, and 3) are performing clinically at a level that reassures residency program leaders (i.e., the clinical competence committee and the Anesthesiology Program Director) that the individuals can forego six months of clinical training and still be ready for their boards and future practice.

Practically, the 6-month research rotation will be scheduled during non-continuous months during the CA-2 and CA-3 years, since the assessment of adequate clinical preparation typically is not sufficient until partway into the CA-1 year, and we also want to know results of the part 1 ABA exam. A typical example would be two one-month blocks during CA-2 year and two two-month blocks during the CA-3 year. We also ask for applications during early CA-1 year to allow Chief Residents and residency leadership to plan on clinical rotation schedule changes that emerge from these cases.

Applicants are required to write a formal proposal for how they intend to use their six months of research time and how this will impact on their future careers. However, there will be no formal, binding agreement in that regard. We believe that the most efficient way to recruit the best residents to stay at UNMC as faculty is ensuring UNMC is the best place for them to be successful as academic anesthesiologists.

Residents will submit their proposal to the Research Committee for final approval. The application includes requirements for a rigorous research plan, a robust mentoring structure, and plans for further funding and career development activities. This process will also ensure funding for their research project. Residents are expected to present to the department (Grand Rounds) at the end of their CA-3 year on what they accomplished with their research elective time.

For more information, contact:

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Katie Schroder
Administrator of Educational Programs
katie.schroder@unmc.edu