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Department of Anesthesiology

The Program

Description and Requirements: SUNY Downstate Affiliates

We offer a four-year program of intensive training. The 48 months are divided into a 12 month internship (under anesthesia), 12 months of basic anesthesia training, 12 months of subspecialty training and 12 months of advanced anesthesia training.

The PGY-1 year consists of rotations in medicine, surgery, otolaryngology, critical care, emergency medicine, as well as 3 rotations in anesthesia related areas such as pain medicine, OR anesthesia, and pre-admission testing for ambulatory surgery. Clinical anesthesia training (CA-1 through CA-3) begins with experience in basic anesthesia. This phase emphasizes basic and fundamental aspects of patient care and management of the patient undergoing anesthesia. It is recommended that at least 12 months of the CA-1 and CA-2 years be spent in basic anesthesia training, with most of the training taking place during the CA-1 year. Twelve months of subspecialty training is required for board eligibility in anesthesia. The subspecialty disciplines include obstetrical, pediatric, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, ambulatory, transplant and regional anesthesia, post anesthesia care, and pain management. The CA-3 year provides advanced anesthesia training in various subspecialty disciplines.

Fellowship training in OB Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine is available at SUNY Downstate or at one of several approved affiliates, upon completion of the CA-3 year. These programs' curricula and facilities meet the specifications outlined by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).

At the end of the four years, you will be eligible and qualified to take and pass the written and oral boards administered by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
At SUNY Downstate, one of our anesthesiology program's greatest strengths is that residents rotate through three integrated hospitals, treating a diverse group of patients and pathology.