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Memorial Anesthesia Boot Camp

4-day Immersive Simulation-Based Introduction to Memorial's Anesthesia Residency Program.

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"Educational boot camps are learning programs where content is aggregated, or bundled into short, intensive and rigorous curriculums."
Memorial University's Anesthesia Residency Program is one of the smaller programs in the country. This allows for us to be fluid with our curriculum, especially important when a curriculum change is required from the Royal College (ie Competency by Design).
Transition to Discipline is the first and shortest stage of the Competence Curriculum provided by the Royal College. It is intended to allow new residents from different universities to develop a common academic start for residency training. We took it further.
Our boot camp was designed to help medical students become functional anesthesia residents quickly. Our PGY1 residents complete the 4-day boot camp before they are ever assigned to an OR list. We cover the pharmacology of induction agents, review the different types of induction and the most common perioperative events that could become life threatening. Following the our morning teaching session, we go to the operating room and use simulation to reinforce our learning objectives. Conducting the simulation in-situ allows our residents to become familiar with the Memorial operating room environment, our anesthesia equipment and some of our our teaching faculty. It also provides the chance to meet your fellow residents and work together.
Following boot camp, our PGY1's then complete an 8-week general anesthesia rotation that rounds out the Transition to Discipline.

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Letter to 2022 PGY1 Residents

Congratulations and welcome to the Memorial Anesthesia Residency Program and more specifically to our MASC Boot Camp. Boot Camp is conducted at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital (SCMH), Le Marchant Road in St John's. We will start each day with a 60 minute didactic session in the cafeteria over coffee (or morning beverage of your choosing). This is more of a discussion rather than a 'teaching session'. The remained of the day is spent in one of our OR's with insitu simulation. The scenarios and learning environment are meant to provide a safe and comfortable experience. It is designed to be low key and low stakes.
Lunch time is your time. Meals are not provided so plan accordingly. Previous years, the group would either have lunch together in the cafeteria or take this time to run quick errands. Note, parking can be a challenge.
There is no Boot Camp on Thursday or Friday because you will be doing ATLS on these days. You will begin your clinical rotation on Tuesday July12 at either SCMH or at the Health Sciences Center (HSC).

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Medication Safety in the Operating Room

This is a learning module developed for the Memorial University Anesthesiology Boot Camp program. Dr Yulia Kudryakova created this content after reflecting on her experience during her time in Boot Camp. Yulia's nursing background provided her with the resources and knowledge to help improve our own safety practices in the OR. Every attending anesthesiologist may have preferences about the 'proper way' to draw medication. This teaching module provides peer reviewed practices to help avoid developing bad habits. Please review prior to starting Boot Camp.

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Comments From Previous Participants


Spending 4 days immersed in the OR environment was invaluable. It helped us become familiar with our space and the layout of the equipment in order to work efficiently. I didn't need to fumble with the basics and instead could focus on lifting off with taking an active role and learning from my preceptor.


Starting residency is stressful unto itself and the thought of being thrown into a new environment with different charting methods and unknown equipment location can be daunting. The SIM week was the perfect transition and as mentioned above, instilled a sense of confidence that would have otherwise taken the entire first block to build.


Sim week was an incredibly helpful experience. There were multiple incidents where I encountered a clinical scenario and was able to reflect on my sim week experience and act effectively to assist the patient. Specifically, I recall one particular case in my first week where a patient became stridorous in the recovery room and I was able to provide airway support in a way that I don’t think I would have done without the sim week discussions.


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