Night Before CA-1 In-Training Exam (ITE)

I’m less than 10 hours from taking my yearly anesthesiology in-training exam (ITE). 😯

took this exam a year ago as an intern prior to doing any anesthesiology as a resident, and as predicted, my score report reflected large gaps in my anesthesia knowledge. Fortunately, it’s very different this time around. I’ve completed eight months of clinical anesthesiology. I’ve read a substantial amount of text and literature in my field. I’ve completed nearly 3,000 prep questions. And now the questions I missed last year seem like child’s play. 🙂

Superbowl Sunday!

Though my focus has been on making sure all of my class excels as a whole, it’s nice to see the progress I’ve made as an anesthesia provider in the last year. I’m thankful for all the patients who have unknowingly taught me the procedural skills and clinical considerations which a quality physician anesthesiologist must master. I’m also thankful for my brilliant colleagues and attendings who challenge me each and every day.

So tomorrow morning… 225 questions… 4 hours… it’s game time!

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  1. Hi Rishi,
    My CA-1 year is due to begin in a couple months. Do you recommend skipping a basic text e.g. Baby Miller, Morgan/Mikhail and start with Big miller or read through a basic text at least once throughout CA-1 year?

    • Hey Paul!

      Personally, I’d focus on reading a real textbook like “big” Miller or Barash over the course of your residency. I’m not saying read them cover-to-cover – read the relevant sections applicable to whatever rotation you’re on.


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