Each resident spends 2-4 weeks dedicated to learning TEE. Additional elective time is possible during the CA-3 year. During this time, the resident performs all intraoperative TEE exams. As UNC does not currently have a CT Anesthesia fellowship, there is no competition for exams. Residents work one-on-one with a Cardiac Anesthesiology attending during their time on TEE.
When you are not actively engaged in performing a TEE, you can sharpen your skills on our state-of-the-art BodyworksHeartWorks® TEE simulator.
Throughout residency, each resident can easily exceed the number of required TEE exams needed to attain Basic Certification in TEE by the National Board of Echocardiography. The department will reimburse residents for the Basic certification if the exam is passed during residency. Several of our graduates have been able to incorporate this important skillset into their practice.