I’m two months into my CA-1 year and only just beginning to learn how to study clinical anesthesiology. In other words, the last two months have been filled with rapid fire knowledge and on-the-spot learning interspersed with some didactic sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays – I feel like I’ve not retained anything. 🙁
Anesthesiology is a field where knowledge (physiology, pathology, and pharmacology) meets procedural techniques (placing peripheral lines, central lines, arterial lines, spinal/epidurals, regional blocks, advanced airway management). It’s hard to know exactly how to study for such a diverse field.
After casually reviewing Morgan and Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology during my intern year with many failed attempts at retention (highlighting, making flashcards, etc.), I’ve decided to really buckle down and learn my trade. I only have three short years to do so!
My textbook of choice is Barash’s Clinical Anesthesia. Fortunately, the companion Android app makes it incredibly easy to read chapters on my tablet without having to lug this behemoth around. I’m using the American Board of Anesthesiology’s content outline as the foundation for constructing a syllabus of material relevant to our in-training exam (ITE) and basic sciences board exam. Using our didactic sessions and supplemental reading, I’ve really been keeping up with the high yield topics over the last two weeks and am seeing a tremendous benefit.
In the coming weeks, I’ll post my notes for all to use. Till then, I’m still trying to drink from the proverbial fire hose of information. Stay tuned. 🙂