The first year of your residency is a time for mastering a wide variety of basic anesthesia techniques. These will include different types of general anesthetics in addition to regional anesthetics such as spinals, epidurals, and brachial plexus blocks.

You will be exposed to a diverse group of patients, many of them healthy adults and children. Others will have a number of medical problems presenting unique anesthetic challenges.

Some subspecialty rotations, such as Obstetric Anesthesia, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the adult Intensive Care Unit, and the Anesthesia Preoperative Evaluation Clinic (APEC), will also be experienced during the CA-1 year.

The CA-1 year is a time of rapid learning-both clinically and didactically. It is the strong foundation on which the next two years are built. Most importantly, it is a time of increasing maturity and self-confidence.

Those residents who completed their clinical base year elsewhere will begin the University of Illinois program in the CA-1 year.