The academic curriculum includes learning opportunities from multiple sources:
NOSM FPA Summer Lecture series:
From July to September, you will participate, through videoconferencing, in the NOSM FPA summer lecture series. These lectures are given by a variety of anesthesiologists and FPAs from around the province. The lectures topics are specifically designed for FPAs and cover a wide variety of areas (e.g. pre-operative assessment, pharmacology, monitoring, physiology, trauma, etc). There are typically 2-3 lectures per week that take place from 4-6PM. You will have protected academic time to attend these lectures
NOSM FPA Boot Camp:
Designed specifically for FPA residents, you will have the opportunity to attend the NOSM FPA Boot Camp at the end of Block 1 and are strongly encouraged to attend. The boot camp takes place in Sudbury, Ontario and is 5 days in duration. FPA residents from around the country attend this course, which is taught by a dedicated team of FRCPC anesthesiologists, FPAs, RTs, RNs and residents who all recognize the need to properly train FPAs for critical events. The course is divided into simulation, workshops, and lectures:
- 18 unique simulation mega code cases, each with a 45 minute structured debrief;
- Workshops on central lines, arterial lines, ventilator modes, airway devices, etc; and,
- CRM principle based lectures throughout the week.
There is a bank of lectures that reflect the goals and objectives of this program. Residents are expected to access to these lectures that you are expected to read on your own time. Your staff will also have access to your list of lectures and may discuss aspects of these topics with you while you are working together.
FRCPC CBD Cases:
There may be opportunities to participate with the Royal College residents on lecture topics that are relevant to the FPA.
Once per week during the adult anesthesia rotations, you will attend and participate in resident rounds, called morning report. Morning report consists of a case discussion, led by an attending anesthesiologist, whereby the residents work through a case in an oral examination format and must determine the anesthetic considerations and appropriate plan for the particular case.
You will also attend Anesthesia Grand Rounds through the Department of Anesthesiology. The Grand Rounds lectures typically occur on a monthly basis from September to June each year. Grand Rounds will also be made available through live webcasting when the FPA resident is on a community rotation. You are expected to present a topic at one of the Anesthesia Grand Rounds.
At least twice throughout the year, you will have hands-on sessions in the simulation centre with the anesthesiology residents in addition to the NOSM FPA Boot Camp. During these sessions, you will receive direct observation and feedback from attending anesthesiologists on your leadership and code running skills.
The Department of Anesthesiology holds its Journal Club approximately once per month. You are expected to present a brief summary and critical appraisal of a previously circulated article at one of the Journal Club Rounds.
You are also required to participate in a small scholarly project (academic, research, chart audit), which you will present at the Department of Family Medicine Research Inquiry and Opinion (RIO) Day in June.