The Division of Cardiac Anesthesia cares for approximately 600 patients per year with a wide diversity of cardiovascular pathology including complex valvular lesions, thoracic aortic disease requiring reconstruction, adult congenital abnormalities, and coronary artery disease. Didactic sessions dedicated to cardiac anesthesia topics occur throughout the year. All of the division's members are either certified by or are testamurs of the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE), and the division is very active in TEE-related research and education.
You do one month of cardiac anesthesia during our CA-1 year, giving you early opportunities to place invasive lines, learn invasive monitoring, titrate vasoactive medications, and learn more about cardiovascular physiology. You do another month of cardiac anesthesia during the CA-2 year, and have the option of doing up to 3 months during the CA-3 year. You work one-on-one with the cardiac attendings for most cases, so a lot of teaching is done in the OR. There is a very thorough online syllabus that is an invaluable resource. Interested senior residents are offered dedicated time for TEE training, an invaluable experience to help prepare for the National Board of Echocardiography's written examination.