Education and Teaching
A comprehensive didactic series related to all aspects of cardiothoracic anesthesia has been developed for our fellowship. These lectures will be given by Division members, fellows, senior residents during their cardiac anesthesia electives, and invited speakers.
The cardiothoracic fellow will have significant interaction with anesthesia residents. They will share attendance at didactic sessions and informal teaching sessions both within and outside the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia. They will share some workspace in our Departmental library, lounges, and TEE reading room. Most importantly, and as an important component to the experience our fellows obtain, fellows will be given the opportunity to teach our residents both within and outside the operating rooms. They will be given the opportunity to supervise residents solely as means to obtain this important experience. In addition, fellows and residents will have interaction at all Departmental functions whether they are informal or formal. The fellow will give formal presentations to residents at morbidity and mortality rounds, at two Cardiac Division conferences and will lead informal discussions with residents at weekly TEE review sessions. Fellows attend resident lecture series, journal clubs, and all clinical conferences affiliated with the Department of Anesthesia. In addition, fellows attend daily TEE reading sessions and weekly TEE chapter reviews.
There is also a quarterly combined TEE conference amongst all the three Harvard teaching hospitals where the fellows present interesting cases. There is a lively discussion that follows the case presentation. This allows the fellows among the different programs to interact with each other. Food and wine usually accompany the presentations.
Cardiothoracic fellows have several areas accessible for conducting research and reading. The Department of Anesthesia has a dedicated library located within the hospital that has computer terminals with internet links and numerous, relevant journal subscriptions and texts. In addition, the hospital has a library accessible to its entire professional staff, which has multidisciplinary journals and texts available. A TEE reading room is also available to the fellow and has relevant texts as well as audiovisual equipment and computers to allow for TEE related study. The fellow will also have full access to the Countway Library of the Harvard School of Medicine that has one of the most extensive collections of medical journals and texts that exists in the world.