Being a successful resident requires mastery of a strong base in fundamental knowledge on which further expertise can be built. This knowledge base is assured through a combination of didactic lecture sessions as well as many opportunities for learning at the bedside.
The heart of the didactic program at Mass General includes Thursday morning conferences occupying approximately 10 hours each month. Every Thursday, there is a Grand Rounds presentation and a Clinical Case conference. These sessions are often supplemented with "Ten Minutes of Science," where department members have an opportunity to present their ongoing work to colleagues.
Other lectures in the DACCPM include:
- An integrated lecture series of approximately 40 weekly lectures specifically targeted to the CA-1 resident. Basic topics of Anesthetic Management are covered, including airway anatomy, aspiration, pharmacokinetics, pulmonary anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular physiology, and others.
- The weekly CA-2, CA-3 and Faculty Conference lectures by faculty on topics that are central to becoming a consultant in the field of anesthesia. These are presented at the level of continuing medical education courses.
- Journal Clubs
- Morbidity and Mortality conferences
- Risk-management conferences, including topics such as infection control and medico-legal issues
- Professional development, employment and physician renewal sessions
- Subspecialty conferences and lectures
- Research conferences
- Board Review lecture series