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Anesthesiology Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 737151, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/737151
Review Article

Design and Implementation of an Educational Program in Advanced Airway Management for Anesthesiology Residents

1Advanced Airway Management Educational Program, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 601 Elmwood Avenue, P.O. Box 604, Rochester, NY 14642, USA
2Department of Anesthesiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 601 Elmwood Avenue, P.O. Box 604, Rochester, NY 14642, USA

Received 2 February 2011; Accepted 29 October 2011

Academic Editor: Zahid Hussain Khan

Copyright © 2012 Zana Borovcanin and Janine R. Shapiro. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Education and training in advanced airway management as part of an anesthesiology residency program is necessary to help residents attain the status of expert in difficult airway management. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) emphasizes that residents in anesthesiology must obtain significant experience with a broad spectrum of airway management techniques. However, there is no specific number required as a minimum clinical experience that should be obtained in order to ensure competency. We have developed a curriculum for a new Advanced Airway Techniques rotation. This rotation is supplemented with a hands-on Difficult Airway Workshop. We describe here this comprehensive advanced airway management educational program at our institution. Future studies will focus on determining if education in advanced airway management results in a decrease in airway related morbidity and mortality and overall better patients’ outcome during difficult airway management.