Teaching and Research Programs for Postgraduates

Mandatory Programs

Didactic Program

There is an extensive didactic teaching program.

PGY-1 resident seminars are held one morning per month and include two hours of an anesthesia topic and one hour of related topics such as stress management, communication skills, and biostatistics and critical appraisal.

Beginning in the PGY-2 year, a series of didactic seminars is held on a weekly academic half-day. These seminars are held for year-level groups (i.e. 12 residents per group) and each series is offered each year. A new curriculum was introduced in 1998-99, based on extensive knowledge objectives. Topics include series on airway, monitoring and equipment, obstetrical anesthesia, regional aesthesia, pain management, critical care, perioperative medicine and the individual areas of operative anesthesia. The curriculum also includes expanded teaching in ethics, critical appraisal, teaching and communication skills and the skills of practice management.

In the final year, weekly small group (5-6 residents per group) seminars allow residents to consolidate their knowledge for clinical practice and assist in preparation for examinations.

High Fidelity Simulation

There are currently two high fidelity patient simulators in the Department of Anesthesia. These are used for the education of anesthesia residents and many other health care professionals, particularly in the areas of crisis resource management, teamwork and collaborative skill development. Residents are involved in simulation annually, as participants in developing perioperative crisis management skills. In addition, senior residents (PG 4 and PG 5) teach, supervise and evaluate medical students during the students’ anesthesia rotations. The simulators are also used extensively in projects related to simulation in education.

Find out more about our simulation programs.


Optional Programs


There is a very large, productive research community in the department and areas of investigation include laboratory and clinical research. A number of internationally recognized researchers work with our department. All residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research during their residencies but research is not mandatory. Residents with a strong interest in a career as clinician scientists are encouraged to consider the Clinician Investigator Program.

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Research programs
Clinician Investigator Program (CIP)

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