Education and Training

The educational and training programs at Harbor-UCLA exposes our residents, faculty, and community physicians to both traditional knowledge, as well as fostering scientific and critical thinking and implementing evidence based practices.

DSC_0260s1There are weekly grand rounds which focuses on developing trends and techniques in the medical practice of anesthesiology. Monthly or bi-monthly Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conferences allows our faculty, residents, medical students and other healthcare providers to analyze and discuss the patient’s outcome including factors leading to the complication and/or mortality, opportunities for systems improvement, patient safety or communication problems, ethnic or ethical issues, what the resident would do different in his/her practice and references consulted for this case.

The residents’ Journal Club meets once a month, and discussions are had regarding new and pertinent articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals.

Several other subspecialties (pediatrics, obstetrics, critical care, and pain management) have their own informal lecture series.


The didactic sessions at Harbor-UCLA are both rigorous and comprehensive. During the first month of residency in July, a special intensive CA-1 lecture schedule dealing with basic considerations in anesthesia is delivered on a daily basis.

For the rest of the year, lectures are separated on the basis of class (CA-1, CA-2 and CA-3). During this protected lecture time, residents are given the opportunity to be exposed to and discuss pertinent topics in anesthesiology. Emphasis is placed on understanding key concepts as well as integration of knowledge into clinical practice.

Below are examples of the yearly lecture schedule.

Inhalational anesthetics
Intravenous anesthetics
Neuromuscular blocking agents
Cholinesterase inhibitors / Anticholinergics
Hypotensive agents
Local anesthetics
Operating room
Patient monitors
Spinal, epidural, caudal blocks
CV physiology
Anesthesia for patients with CV disease
Anesthesia for CV surgery
Respiratory physiology
Anesthesia for patients with respiratory disease
Anesthesia for thoracic surgery
Neurophysiology and anesthesia
Anesthesia for neurosurgery
Anesthesia for patients with neurologic / Psychiatric diseases
Fluid management / Management of electrolyte disturbances
Acid-Base balance
Renal physiology
Anesthesia for renal patients / Anesthesia for GU surgery
Hepatic physiology
Anesthesia for patients with liver disease
Anesthesia for patients with neuromuscular disease / Endocrine disease
Maternal-fetal physiology
OB anesthesia
Pediatric anesthesia
Geriatric anesthesia
Anesthesia for trauma patients
Post anesthesia care
Critical care
Peripheral nerve blocks
Anesthesia for orthopedic surgery
Anesthesia for opthalmic surgery/ENT
Advanced Topics in Thoracic Anesthesia
Advanced Discussion of Thoracic Anesthesia
CV Anesthesia Review of Clinical Anesthesia
Advanced Topics in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Advanced Topics in Vascular Anesthesia
Advanced Discussion of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Advanced Topics in OB Anesthesia
Advanced Discussion of OB Anesthesia
Advanced Topics in Neuroanesthesia
Advanced Discussion of Neuroanesthesia
Advanced Topics in Pediatric Anesthesia
Advanced Discussion of Pediatric Anesthesia
Advanced Topics in Acute Pain Anesthesia
Advanced Discussion of Acute Pain Anesthesia
Advanced Topics in Chronic Pain Anesthesia
Advanced Discussion of Chronic Pain Anesthesia
Statistics and Research
ITE Final Prep and Review
ITE Prep Prep and Review
Intensive written boards review topics:
OR, Circuits
Machine, Airway
Inhaled agents
Non-volatile agents
Neuromuscular Blockers, Autonomic Nervous System
Blood Pressure Medications, Local Anesthetics
Neuro-Axial Blockade
Peripheral Nerve Blockade
Pain (Acute and Chronic)
Cardiovascular Physiology
Anesthetic Care for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
Anesthetic Concerns for Cardiovascular / Thoracic Surgery
Respiratory Physiology Anesthetic Care for Patients with Respiratory Disease / Thoracic Disease
Fluids / Electrolytes
Transfusion Medicine/ Acid-base Physiology
Renal Disease
Anesthetic Concerns for GU / Hepatic Surgery
Anesthetic Concerns for Endo / Neuromuscular / Opthomalogy Surgery
Anesthetic Concerns for ENT / Ortho / Trauma Surgery
Anesthetic Concerns for OB / Fetal surgery
Anesthetic Concerns for Peds / Geriatric / Outpatient surgery
Comp / CPR review
PACU / Critical Care Topics
Hematology Review
Advanced Oral Boards Review