Residency Program

Anesthesia at Memorial

The Anesthesia program at Memorial University is best characterized as a small program that considers its sense of community, opportunities for sound clinical experience beginning early in residency and its simulation program as its strongest assets. Resident training is intended to fulfill the career aspirations of the individual resident, whether as an academic pursuing a fellowship or as a community anesthesiologist. There are faculty members throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the province of New Brunswick, allowing for clinical exposure that encompasses both rural community and tertiary care subspecialty experience. The faculty are very supportive of residency education and the program maintains a status of full accreditation by the Royal College in its most recent review in 2016.

Memorial provides a five year training program in Anesthesia whose elements are based upon the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Competency By Design (CBD) anesthesia program curriculum.

The clinical experience has been shaped to fit into the CBD model of residency education: transition to discipline, foundations, core and transition to practice. The accomplishment of the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) is facilitated through experiences in general surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, urological surgery, cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pain management (acute and chronic), pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, pre-anesthetic assessment clinic, and community anesthesia experience.

We allow for rich experiences in adult and pediatric critical care as well as anesthesia-related specialties of internal medicine.

Off-service rotations in internal medicine, general surgery and emergency medicine are designed to allow residents to fulfill the pertinent EPAs and the requirements laid out in the Anesthesia Training Experiences (ATE) document published by the Royal College. This will include development of skills in EKG interpretation, bronchoscopy, point-of-care ultrasound, transfusion medicine and medical and surgical emergency assessment and care. Residents will be given opportunities to achieve certification in ACLS, ATLS, PALS and NRP. There are opportunities to schedule electives outside the province.