Residents work individually with one of the department's anesthesiologists to learn airway management, support of the anesthetized patient, regional anesthesia, respiratory care and care of ICU patients. Challenging cases are discussed at monthly conferences.
First-year residents learn treatment of outpatients, ward rounds, operating room procedures and attend clinical conferences. During this period, residents assist at operations, receive instruction and guidance in admissions and discharge of patients, perform minor surgery, and are introduced to the management of facial trauma and the role of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the hospital.
Residents are assigned to the chief resident in medicine, participating in the Department of Medicine's rounds and conferences. General medicine has four inpatient services, each with an attending physician who changes every three weeks. Each service averages 15 patients with two admissions per day and four to nine on night call. The emphasis for oral surgery residents is on cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine.
Residents are on call no more than every third or fourth night and may take call from home. They have one weekend a month off from hospital responsibility from Friday evening until Monday morning. Residents in the trauma and emergency center work five 10-hour shifts per week for a month and have two days off each week. Three weeks of vacation and one week of conference time (maximum one week per month) can be taken any month except during General Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Intensive Care Unit or Neurosurgery.