Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine | Clinician Resources

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The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine is committed to investing in and creating learning opportunities that promote clinical excellence and effective, compassionate and safe patient care. To that end, the department supports educational activities for physicians, CRNAs and other health care team members that: clinician picture

  • Promote the interchange of ideas and information
  • Foster a culture of transparency and patient safety
  • Optimize clinical education
  • Improve clinical decision making
  • Engage all stakeholders in the strategies to optimize patient care

The department offers learning and mentoring opportunities both within the department and in collaboration with other departments. Furthermore, the department collaborates with Harvard Medical School's Department of Continuing Education to offer various nationally and internationally renowned conferences and educational programs aimed at increasing attendees’ knowledge, skills and professional performance. For more information about our CME conferences, please click here.

Learning Opportunities Within the Department:

Perioperative Anesthesia Conferences


Morbidity & Mortality Conference (Monday, 6:30-7am)

The Morbidity and Mortality Conference presents cases in which a reportable event occurred, a conflict of importance occurred, and/or an event in which a mortality occurred. The discussion and analysis of the event(s) at the M&M conference contribute to a broader workflow, to establish and propose more effective guidelines in patient care. Cases from the main operating room, Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Pain Treatment Service are reported by a specialized division speaker and strive to constructively critique an M&M event in accordance to Boston Children’s Hospital policy. The goal of evaluating cases is to review challenges and clinical elements that lead to morbidity or mortality. Participants derive clinical skills and knowledge that can facilitate enhanced treatment for future, challenging cases along these lines. This conference is eligible for CME credit, Category 1.

Morning Report Conference (Tuesday, 6:30-7am)

The Morning Report conference is held to review emergent cases that include urgency and limitations within the operating rooms. Cases presented are those performed the prior weekend in order to review the challenges of providing quality care in emergency situations that present special circumstances and unplanned admissions. By reviewing these types of cases the audience will gain a better understanding of this pediatric population and learn best methods of how to appropriately manage unexpected patients and procedures without the ability to evaluate and prepare for individual patients like clinicians are able to for scheduled perioperative cases. Department and professional society guidelines may be reviewed and improved, if they require constructive analysis. Staff members and trainees are given the opportunity to express concerns about emergent clinical situations and analyze best management, practices, and protocol. This conference is eligible for CME credit, Category 1.

Grand Rounds Conferences (Wednesday, 7-8am)

Grand Rounds features speakers from within the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital faculty, Longwood Medical Area faculty, Harvard Medical School faculty, and visiting national and international speakers. Topics of interest to the medical staff and trainees are presented, including reviews and advances in anesthesiology, pediatrics, pediatric anesthesiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric pain management, and general medical interest. The annual required fire safety curriculum is also included. This conference is eligible for CME credit, Category 1.

Basic Principles in Pediatric Anesthesia (Thursday, 6:30-7am)

This program is based on the pediatric section of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) content outline, reviewing 13 topics in a three-month cycle. This format provides the basic knowledge base mandated by the ABA.

Topics in Pediatric Anesthesiology (Friday, 6:30-7am)

This course encompasses three categories of presentations:

1)  1. Presentations by the fellows on controversial topics pertinent to pediatric anesthesia, researched under the supervision of the fellow’s advisor and presented once  per fellow during the course of the year

2)  2. Informational presentations by the faculty on topics pertinent to scholarly research, intended to guide and inform the fellows while they complete a substantial scholarly project under the supervision of a faculty member over the course of the year.

3)   3. Presentations by the fellows on the subject of their scholarly project, to be presented near the completion of the project.

This conference is eligible for CME credit, Category 1.

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow Journal Club (evenings monthly)

This course guides fellows in open discussion with journal examples through an understanding of common research methodologies, including strengths, weaknesses, and indications for the methodological choice. In addition, common statistical research methods are reviewed, and fellows are brought to recognize common problems in performing and analyzing studies.

Senior Resident Seminar in Pediatric Anesthesia (Thursdays, 6:30-7am)

Running simultaneously to the more basic ABA conference (Basic Principles), this course is formatted to prepare fellows for the ABA examination throughout the course of a year. The course intends to develop the requisite knowledge, judgment, and skills suitable for assuming independent responsibility for the care of pediatric patients, serving as an expert in the field of pediatric anesthesia, functioning as the leader of a pediatric anesthesia care team, and meeting with the public and professional medical population at large with regard to pediatric anesthesia. Largely in the format of oral examinations, the focus is on the ability to explain the rationale behind the choices involved in the care of pediatric patients. Standard American Board of Anesthesiology format is used, with a guided questions and additional topics. 


Cardiac Anesthesia Conferences


Topics in Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia (Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-7am)

This conference presents general topics in Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia in rotation for the benefit of the trainees.

Cardiac Anesthesia M&M Conference (2nd Tuesday, 7-8am)

The Morbidity and Mortality Conference presents cases in which a reportable event occurred, a conflict of importance occurred, and/or an event in which a mortality occurred. The discussion and analysis of the event(s) at the M&M conference contribute to a broader workflow, to establish and propose more effective guidelines in patient care.

Cardiac Anesthesia Research Conference (3rd Tuesday, 7-8am)

This conference offers to opportunity for faculty and trainees to present proposals for research studies or projects, as well as to present on the progress of ongoing research and discuss any issues or pitfalls.

Cardiac Anesthesia Journal Club (last Tuesday, 7-8am)

A faculty member or fellow presents on the topic of a published article pertinent to pediatric cardiac anesthesia, and provides the opportunity for discussion. 


Pain Service Conferences


Pain Core Lecture Series (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-3 p.m.)
This series focuses on basic topics in pediatric and adult pain management.

Case Conference (Tuesday, noon-1 p.m.)
This multidisciplinary conference focuses on the management of children and adolescents with chronic pain syndromes.

"Schmerzgruppe" (Alternate Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.)
This conference reviews clinical and laboratory studies on pain topics, focusing on ongoing research and a review of the literature.

Chronic Pain Management Follow-up Conference (Thursday, noon-1 p.m.)
At this conference, faculty and fellows review the management plan and current status of chronic pain patients.


Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Conferences


Morning Teaching Conference (daily 7:30-8:15 a.m.)
This conference reviews the basics of pediatric critical care.

Morning Report (daily, 8:15-8:30 a.m.)
The new admissions and major events from the preceding day are discussed.

Medical Grand Rounds (Wednesday, noon-1 p.m.)
This is the premier weekly conference of the hospital's Department of Medicine. Lecturers of national and international prominence discuss advances in their fields.

Case Conference (Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.)
All MICU admissions of the week are reviewed and management options discussed; chronic cases are reviewed and updated.

Fellows' Conference (Monday and Tuesday, noon-1 p.m.)
These are informal conferences that vary: pathophysiology review, invited lectures, presentations by fellows, and video presentations.

Rotating Conference (Thursday, noon-1 p.m.)
This conference rotates its focus weekly among issues in critical care with invited speakers, a journal club, a clinical and pathological correlation conference, and a research conference.


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