Mount Sinai Medical Center is a 300-bed Level 1 Trauma Center located mere minutes from UIC with approximately 2000 trauma victims seen annually, including 40-50% with penetrating injuries. UIC residents rotate here for one month during the CA-3 year to gain experience with the management of surgical trauma patients in the operating room, which requires the rapid assessment of critically ill patients and the immediate formulation of an anesthetic plan. An added benefit is that residents are introduced to a private practice anesthesia model, while still being able to learn effectively in a comfortable environment that features surgical residents.
Senior residents further develop their skills of: placing invasive line placement, establishing advanced airways, executing ACLS algorithms, and aggressive resuscitation techniques including massive transfusion protocol. Following completion of this rotation, residents report confidence in handling emergent scenarios as well as hemodynamically unstable patients who have sustained injuries by trauma.
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