The Vascular Anesthesia team provides anesthesia for the largest volume of vascular surgery in Boston including endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The education program in vascular anesthesia includes a monthly lecture series, a journal club and an extensive syllabus used to teach residents about the complex issues involved in anesthesia for vascular surgery. The division is actively involved in many research projects and a vascular anesthesia fellowship is also available.
BIDMC anesthesia residents rotate through vascular anesthesia for 2 months during their first 2 years. The cases include open and endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid endarterectomy, femoral-popliteal and femoral-tibial artery bypass grafts, and other endovascular procedures. The patients tend to have more comorbidities and are generally sicker, so it helps residents gain competency and confidence in taking care of these complicated patients. The vascular rotation during the CA-1 year, like the CA-1 cardiac rotation, provides you with an early opportunity to learn about management of hemodynamics, invasive line placement and monitoring techniques. You work one-on-one with attendings during vascular cases.