We strongly believe that our clinical training is second to none.
Bryan and Suzanne
We strongly believe that our clinical training is second to none. Residents complete a wide variety of cases throughout their training, and far exceed the minimum requirements in all categories. CA-1 residents complete rotations at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda East Campus Hospital, Loma Linda Pre-Anesthesia Consultation and Education Clinic, Loma Linda VA Hospital, and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. All CA-1 residents participate in a daily lecture series during their first month of residency to introduce them to the world of anesthesia. The CA-2 year consists primarily of subspecialty rotations. These rotations include pediatric anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesia, critical care, obstetric anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, and acute and chronic pain. CA-3 residents complete advanced clinical rotations during their final year and have the opportunity to focus on various other electives depending on individual interests. Loma Linda also offers ACGME accredited fellowships in pediatric, cardiothoracic, critical care, and pain medicine.
Our didactic program consists of multiple components. Wednesday mornings have 2 hours of dedicated education time. The first hour is a lecture presented by one of our attendings based on a topic from the ABA In-Training Content Outline. The second hour is our Department Grand Rounds, which consist of lectures from local and national presenters, QI conferences, and interesting case presentations. On Thursday mornings residents participate in a Point of Care Ultrasound workshop, a hands on, attending-led, series about perioperative use of ultrasound. This curriculum focuses on cardiac, pulmonary, abdominal evaluations, and hemodynamic and ICP assessments. Combining this with a new top-of-the-line manikin built for normal and pathological, realistic ultrasound findings, our residents are prepared for the future of perioperative ultrasound. Finally, once a month our residents get together for Journal Club in which 2-3 innovative articles are discussed on a selected topic, while enjoying free food and fun interaction outside of work.
Our academic development is evaluated by the Anesthesia Knowledge Tests taken on the 1st day of residency, then subsequently at 1 month, 6 months, and 24 months of training. We also take the national In-Training Exam every February. Residents participate in Mock Oral Exams twice during their CA-3 year. Resident evaluation consists of regular feedback from attendings as well as formal written evaluations at the completion of every rotation. Residents also meet individually with Dr. Stier or Dr. Gatling every 6 months for evaluation and discussion.
Our department is very active in research, with all residents participating in a research or academic project. Residents with a particular interest in research or with an idea for a project may request dedicated research time, typically between one and four months of the CA-3 year. Opportunities for clinical and basic science research are also available. Recently our residents have presented at many conferences, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, and the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference. Our department strongly supports resident research and will financially support residents presenting at conferences.
Last but not least, we have plenty of time for family, friends, and recreational activities outside of the hospital. Our work week averages 60 hours with 1-2 weekends of clinical duties per month. This gives us a chance to take full advantage of the beaches, mountains, amusement parks, and many other attractions Southern California has to offer. Check out this page
to see what we like to do with our time off. Finally, interns receive 3 weeks and residents receive 4 weeks of vacation per year and an annual educational fund of $1000.