Program Information

Didactics & Calendar


Both face to face conferences and online education is utilized. Face to face conferences emphasizes interactive learning. UK videos are delivered via YouTube link.

calendarMonday: Subspecialty topics are delivered by video cast with accompanying self-assessment questions.


•  Core curriculum covering ABA content outline delivered by video cast with accompanying self-assessment questions.

•  PGY2 residents meet with face to face interactive conference for ABA Basic exam preparation. 6:00-6:45am


•  Group Oral Boards practice, directed by Dr. Dority. 6:00-6:30am
•  General Competencies Conference (GCC). This conference is used to present interesting cases, management problems, morbidity and mortality, professionalism vignettes, and POC ultrasound cases. 6:30-7:30am

calendarThursdays: A face to face interactive conference, including PBL case discussion, audience response questions, “Flipped Classroom” (didactic material provided in advance, and class time is interactive), etc. 6:00-6:45am.

calendar Fridays: A variety of conferences including task-based simulation, subspecialty, chief resident breakfast, and Chair/Program Director breakfast.

Journal Club
Journal Club is held once per month during General Competencies, and quarterly as an evening dinner meeting.  Residents present recent journal articles and learn how to read and thoughtfully critique them.  Evidence based practice is emphasized.

Practice Management Training
A series of lectures is provided covering such topics as operating room management, types of practice, job acquisition, financial planning, contract negotiations, billing arrangements, professional liability, and legislative and regulatory issues. PGY2 residents participate in a Practice Management rotation each May.

American Board of Anesthesiology Boards (In-Service Examination) Preparation
The daily keywords, weekly questions/answers, and two month long intensive boards review course in January and February of each year are designed to guide preparation for this important examination. Core and subspecialty didactics designed to cover the ABA Exam Outline. A two month long interactive review course provided each year in advance of the ITE (In Training Exam) in February.

ABA Basic Exam Prep
PGY 2 residents attend weekly interactive conference on Tuesday morning covering the complete ABA Basic Outline. There is an interactive daily ABA Basic exam prep each May prior to the June exam.

Oral Boards Preparation
Weekly group oral boards sessions are held Wednesday 6-6:30am. One week in the fall and one week in the spring each year will be designated for individual mock exams. Dr. Dority is responsible for this program which is designed to help residents learn to verbalize their knowledge of evidence-based medicine.

OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam)
The ABA now includes an OSCE component to the certification exams administered with oral boards, following graduation from residency training. Each year, each resident participates in multi-station OSCE experiences utilizing task trainers as well as standardized patients. The ABA OSCE content outline is used to develop OSCE scenarios. Dr. Rebel directs the annual “Anesthesia Olympics” which utilizes the OSCE format to assess growth in skills and knowledge.

Anesthesia Simulator
Full high fidelity Human Patient Simulation (METI) is used in the first month of orientation and throughout residency training. In addition, multiple task simulators are utilized for skills training, and the Heartworks Simulator is used during TEE training. Each PGY1 is provided SonoSim Point of Care Ultrasound probe trainers and software. Additional opportunities for simulation are available throughout the year. Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Gambrel direct departmental simulation.

Visiting Professor Program
Each year nationally prominent anesthesiologists visit our department to enrich our educational program with lectures, leading journal club discussions, observing in the O.R., and administering mock oral board examinations. Guest lectures from UK faculty in other specialties are used to further supplement the didactic curricula.