We are a moderately-sized program with a resident-centered approach. Our faculty and leadership are dedicated to teaching and providing outstanding clinical training.
In addition to superb bedside teaching, we offer a rich didactic curriculum (seen below) for residents. Teaching formats range from traditional lectures to problem-based learning discussions, interactive, small-group sessions and simulation. Progression through the content required by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) is guided by the Anesthesia Toolbox. The Anesthesia Toolbox is a collaborative online learning platform shared by more than 60 anesthesiology residency programs, and offers many resources for self-directed study in the format of articles, online modules, videos and podcasts. Bedside teaching, formal didactics and self-guided study are supplemented by access to TrueLearn for board exam question practice.
Learning and Simulation Center
The Learning and Simulation Center at Virginia Mason is dedicated to enhancing medical education, teamwork and patient safety. Anesthesiology residents spend most of their time at the Center in a mock operating room with a state-of-the-art SimMan® patient simulator. Topics practiced in simulation sessions vary from management of intraoperative emergencies to disclosing medical errors to a patient's family member. In addition, there are self-guided simulation tools available to residents, at any time, to practice ultrasound, vascular access and airway management skills.
Our full schedule of teaching and wellness conferences for anesthesiology residents includes a wide variety of educational experiences, including formal lectures given by academic anesthesiologists, virtual jeopardy quizzes, journal clubs, and other institutional-wide meetings. Residents can access recorded meetings and lectures given throughout our organization via our Mediasite page.
Respect for People
In our Virginia Mason community, we believe that we all have a role in sustaining a community where everyone feels valued, included and respected.
The Anesthesia Toolbox is a collaborative online learning platform shared and used by more than 100 anesthesia residency programs. We have tailored content to match our department’s unique curriculum design.