The Department teaches residents and medical students the specialty of anesthesiology and, through educational outreach programs, educates the medical community on the highest standards of anesthetic care. Our research program, which includes substantial NIH funding, strives to improve those standards of care. Four or more departmental conferences are scheduled each week, for residents, fellows, faculty and staff. Bi-monthly journal clubs help provide a depth of exposure to selected topics and an alternative setting for learning. Residents are scheduled for Practice Oral Examinations twice yearly to help them develop proficiency in the Oral Examination format. A Transition to Practice Curriculum presents topics concerning the business of medicine which are often not covered well in traditional morning lectures.

The didactic curriculum is continually evaluated and planned in 24-month cycles to ensure that every resident has an opportunity to participate in the entire curriculum. The curriculum is divided into topic blocks of 1-2 months in length that cover all aspects of modern anesthetic practice. To assess progress in achieving a satisfactory knowledge base, all residents take the In-Training examination on a yearly basis on the second weekend of July. Residents evaluate the curriculum on a yearly basis.

The Anesthesiology Department presents four-day CME meeting each year, the Carolina Refresher Lectures, which is one of the longest running meetings presented by a Department at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. This meeting, recently held at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and upcoming in Asheville, North Carolina, attracts anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and other medical professionals from across the nation. In addition, the department sponsors an annual one-day Pain Management Conference held at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The Anesthesiology Grand Rounds are held weekly and have been CME-accredited since 2001.

The Department also co-sponsors two conferences in conjunction with Duke University: The Annual Pediatric Anesthesiology Conference and the Quarterly Triangle TEE Conference.

The Department teaches Medical Students in two highly successful courses. Each and every third-year medical student takes the Fundamentals of Acute Care Course, which includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support training. Fourth-year students can elect Anesthesiology 401, which is essentially an acting internship in Anesthesiology. Students in this course work closely with our faculty and residents to develop skills necessary for success in clinical anesthesiology. This course is highly sought after and is frequently oversubscribed. Students who wish to gain experience in research can elect Anesthesiology 403 for clinical or basic research training.