The Thoracic Anesthesia team provides services for all the intrathoracic non-cardiac surgery and for procedures involving the airway. The volume of interventional pulmonary medical procedures including rigid bronchoscopies and stent placements has increased dramatically over the past few years. The addition of a tracheal reconstruction surgeon was accompanied by a rise in reconstructive procedures, making BIDMC a national referral center for tracheobronchioplasties. Residents complete a one-month rotation as a CA-2, and may return for further experience as a CA-3.
This is a great rotation for CA-2 and CA-3's. Many of the patients will need arterial lines, thoracic epidurals, double lumen tubes, bronchoscopy, and central lines - all of which are done by the resident.
There is usually one-on-one attending coverage, offering residents a wonderful learning opportunity in the clinical setting. Cases can range from VATS to esophegectomies to trancheobronchioplasties.