Educational Programs


The Department of Anesthesiology provides a variety of formal and informal educational opportunities for its members. We believe strongly that diversity in the pursuit of education allows our fellows to mature in both their professional and personal lives.

  • Didactic Educational Program
  • Conferences
  • Computer Resources
  • Library

Didactic Educational Program

A didactic and educational program specifically dedicated to regional anesthesia practice is also a part of fellowship training.

1. The regional fellow shall be expected to deliver a Grand Rounds lecture including a relevant literature review at least once during the course of the fellowship. He/she shall also present at the Tuesday Department Case Conference at least once during the course of the fellowship.

2. The regional fellow shall continually review the current literature on regional anesthesia and select a minimum of two articles per month to discuss with a member of the regional anesthesia faculty.

3. The regional fellow will have the opportunity to learn teaching techniques by educating junior residents, medical students, and CRNAs during the academic year.

4. By completion of the regional fellowship, the fellow is expected to have a working knowledge base consisting of the following:

  • Understands general attributes of local anesthetic pharmacology
  • Understands specific clinical attributes of various local anesthetics, including onset duration, motor/sensory differentiation, toxicity and treatment
  • Understands principles and indications for various local anesthetic adjuvants, including epinephrine, phenylephrine, opioids, sodium bicarbonate and clonidine
  • Understands principles of, and options for, regional anesthetic procedures
  • Understands complications of regional anesthetic techniques
  • Understands principles of regional anesthesia as they apply to pain management
  • Understands outcome studies related to the influence of regional anesthesia on perioperative outcome
  • Has familiarity with major scientific studies related to regional anesthesia


Morning conferences are held four days a week.

Monday: Breakout teaching sessions, 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. Tuesday: Department Case Conference, 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. Wednesday: Departmental Grand Rounds, 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Thursday: Resident Conference, 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. (optional)

The fellows are expected to attend these conferences on a regular basis except for the Monday Pediatric Conference and Thursday resident conference which are optional.

Computer Resources

All fellows have ready access to intradepartmental, campus-wide and Internet computer facilities to assist with literature searches, research activities, lecture presentations, and self-paced programmed education. Our library maintains an up-to-date collection of computer assisted interactive educational software programs. Computer facilities are available 24 hours a day to allow fellows free access to the latest methods of education in anesthesia. The department has a staff of computer specialists with expertise in educational software, word processing, data storage and retrieval, statistical analysis, and multimedia presentation techniques. Fellows are encouraged to utilize these facilities to assist in research endeavors and to supplement the more traditional didactic and clinically based educational experiences.


The library of the Department of Anesthesiology provides excellent educational resources for residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. The Department subscribes to many anesthesiology publications, which are reserved exclusively for members of the department. The library also includes computer workstations with online training software. The library is available for the department use only and is always open for study and research. The Health Sciences Library is located in close proximity to the UNC hospitals complex. The library contains 333,493 total volumes and receives 4,116 serial titles. Electronic journals and books and databases such as PubMed, CINAHL, ISI Citation Databases, BIOSIS, PsychINFO, eFacts, and Lexi-Comp are available anywhere on campus. Faculty, staff, and students can access almost all electronic resources from home. A total renovation of the library building was completed in early 2005, adding high end technology options, group study spaces, and a coffee shop.