Developing a trauma curriculum for anesthesiology residents and fellows

Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2014 Apr;27(2):240-5. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000020.


Purpose of review: The board certification process for qualification by the American Board of Anesthesiology is undergoing significant review. A basic sciences examination has been added to the process and the traditional oral examination is evolving into a combined oral interview and practical skills assessment. These recent developments, as well as the growing body of evidence regarding the resuscitation of trauma patients, call for a revision in the curriculum beyond the documentation of participation in the anesthetics of 20 trauma patients.

Recent findings: The implications of the 80-h work week are beginning to be appreciated. The development of a new trauma curriculum must take this significant change in residency training into account while incorporating modern educational theory (e.g. simulation) and new data on the resuscitation of trauma patients.

Summary: Currently, the curriculum for trauma anesthesia requires only that residents participate in the anesthetics of 20 trauma patients. There is no plan for, and little literature regarding, a more extensive educational program. This offers a unique opportunity to innovate a novel curriculum in the anesthesiology residency. The American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness has designed a curriculum that can serve as a template for this important step forward in anesthesiology education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology / education*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Computer Simulation
  • Curriculum*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*