Much of the clinical teaching at Mass General takes place in or around the operating room, or, in the case of the ICU rotations, by the bedside. Emphasis is placed on case-related teaching in an individual and small-group setting. Residents rotate to join clinical teams for one or two months at a time, in more than 12 specialized areas. Teams generally include two to four residents, occasionally a fellow in advanced training, and four or five attending staff who are specialists in that field. Residents benefit by being able to focus on one subspecialty at a time, training with faculty members who are experts in that area. This deployment provides team members with the kind of small-group intimacy that would otherwise be difficult to foster in institutions as large as Mass General.
Upon completing the required rotations of the CA-2 year, residents find exceptional opportunities for advanced clinical training, both in residency and beyond. Early in their training, residents select a faculty advisor who will help them develop a long-term plan for career development. In the CA-3 year, residents are primarily focused on gaining experience with advanced and complex anesthetic assignments. Such challenges are available at Mass General in nearly all of the anesthetic subspecialties, including Critical Care, Pain Management, Cardiac Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Thoracic Anesthesia and Vascular Anesthesia. In addition, the department draws upon the abundant resources of other Mass General departments, other Harvard-affiliated hospitals and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to arrange nontraditional or research fellowships for residents with special interests. The Mass General has been selected by the NIH as a National Center for Infertility, largely because of the institution's outstanding Reproductive Endocrinology Unit. Mass General residents also may arrange an Obstetrical Anesthesia experience at several Harvard hospitals, including our partner, the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The Mass General residency program enjoys strong affiliation agreements with area medical centers, including Lahey Clinic, Cambridge Hospital, West Roxbury VA, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), and the Shriners Burn Institute to build upon our extensive specialty clinical training opportunities within the hospital. Finally, international rotation opportunities exist in Tanzania and Vietnam for interested trainees.
Rotations by Division
Center for Pain Medicine Resident Rotation