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Rotations

Clinical Base Year (CBY)
Our clinical base year provides excellent exposure to acute inpatient medicine as well as multiple medical subspecialties. You will rotate primarily at the main University of Kansas hospital and the Kansas City VA medical center. The year consists of 13 consecutive four-week rotations primarily in a 3+1 format (see below). You will conclude your CBY year with a 6-week clinical anesthesiology orientation.

What is 3+1?
• Block scheduling designed to balance inpatient and elective medical rotations
• Residents will spend 3 weeks on an inpatient service, followed by a "plus one" week spent on a medical consultation service or on another clinical service
• You will have a weekend free of clinical duties at the conclusion of every +1 week. Residents will have rare back-up call duties during this time
• As part of your CBY experience, you will also have 4-week rotations in the Medical ICU, Neurosurgical ICU, and Emergency Medicine
• During your elective weeks, you will have four 1-week rotations on the Acute Pain Service, one week on ENT, and one week of patient safety and quality improvement

Clinical Base Year (CBY)
Our clinical base year provides excellent exposure to acute inpatient medicine as well as multiple medical subspecialties. You will rotate primarily at the main University of Kansas hospital and the Kansas City VA medical center. The year consists of 13 consecutive four-week rotations primarily in a 3+1 format (see below). You will conclude your CBY year with a 6-week clinical anesthesiology orientation. What is 3+1?
• Block scheduling designed to balance inpatient and elective medical rotations
• Residents will spend 3 weeks on an inpatient service, followed by a "plus one" week spent on a medical consultation service or on another clinical service
• You will have a weekend free of clinical duties at the conclusion of every +1 week. Residents will have rare back-up call duties during this time
• As part of your CBY experience, you will also have 4-week rotations in the Medical ICU, Neurosurgical ICU, and Emergency Medicine
• During your elective weeks, you will have four 1-week rotations on the Acute Pain Service, one week on ENT, and one week of patient safety and quality improvement

Sample Schedule

  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Red Team VA Inpatient VA Inpatient VA Inpatient KU Renal Consults MICU MICU MICU MICU Acute Pain

PGY-2 / CA-1 Year
Your clinical anesthesiology years will consist of 13 four-week rotations. Your CA-1 year will primarily be spent developing skills and competency in the intraoperative setting. During the first half of the year, you will rotate through a variety of multispecialty rotations, including orthopedics, urology, otolaryngology, gynecology, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology. In the second half of the year, you will have exposure to subspecialty rotations including obstetrics, pediatrics, adult cardiothoracic, transplant, and neuroanesthesiology.

Throughout the year, you will have frequent exposure to regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine, post-operative anesthetic care, and point-of-care ultrasonography. Many of our junior residents get ample experience with performing peripheral nerve blocks and placing epidurals, with many able to meet the ACGME's minimum requirements for each by the end of their CA-1 year.

PGY-3 / CA-2 Year
During your CA-2 year, you will gain more exposure to advanced subspecialty rotations in cardiothoracic surgery, otolaryngology, vascular surgery, obstetrics, and transplant. In addition, you will have formal rotations in acute pain, chronic pain, regional anesthesia, and PACU to develop your skills and acumen as a well-rounded perioperative consultant. You will also spend two months in our cardiothoracic and neurosurgical intensive care units and care for critically ill patients under the supervision of our anesthesiology-trained intensivists. You will also spend two months at Children's Mercy Hospital, a freestanding children's hospital in Kansas City, to complete your pediatric anesthesiology experience.

PGY-4 / CA-3 Year
Your CA-3 year represents the culmination of your training into a full-fledged anesthesiologist. The focus of your clinical rotations will be on rounding out your skills and developing increased independence while caring for patients across a breadth of clinical environments. Specific rotations reserved for the CA-3 year include an advanced airway rotation, a non-OR anesthesia, perioperative TEE, and two elective months. Additional clinical time spent on other rotations including cardiothoracic, transplant, vascular, and regional anesthesia will emphasize higher medical complexity and increased independence with anesthetic care. A third of your year will also be spent at our affiliated clinical sites, which include: the Kansas City VA Medical Center; obstetrics at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, a private hospital in Kansas City; and our ambulatory surgery center.

Last modified: Jul 20, 2021
Residency Program

Residency Program Director
Gina Hendren, MD

Associate Program Directors
Gregory K. Unruh, MD
Haley Goucher Miranda, MD

Senior Residency Coordinator
Heather Gorman, BS, C-TAGME

Residency Coordinator
Britany McFaul

Resident Quotes

"I selected KU for residency because of the family friendly feel I got from the program and past residents. I feel like KU does an excellent job of attracting residents with similar personalities that work well together."

"The clinical experience I receive at KU will prepare me well for handling any scenario that may occur in my future practice. I was looking for a program with broad but in depth training, and my professional goals will be met with a post-graduate education from KU."

"I enjoy living in Kansas City because there is a lot of good bbq and good people."

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