Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Resident Education

During their months of rotation on cardiothoracic anesthesiology, residents are exposed to the numerous aspects of pediatric and adult cardiac disease, and the issues involved when providing anesthesia for these particular patients. The population served ranges from neonates to the very elderly. This includes an active extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ventricular assist device (VAD) program, as well as an associated heart and lung transplantation service. This rotation provides a unique learning experience for all residents due to the extensive real-time use of transesophageal echocardiography and invasive monitors to fully appreciate and understand normal, as well as pathophysiologic cardiovascular conditions.