Anesthesia Residents Have a Negative Opinion on Proposed ACGME Changes to the Curriculum: A Pilot Study
BACKGROUND:The ACGME has proposed changes to the curriculum for anesthesia residents. These changes include increasing critical care from 2 to 4 months, pain from 1 to 3 months, and obstetrics, pediatric, neuroanesthesia, and cardio thoracic anesthesia from 1 to 2 months. In addition, they have included a preoperative clinic for 1 month. METHODS:With IRB approval, a survey of the anesthesia residents at New York University was distributed. The residents questioned ranged from the CA-1 to the Ca-3 class. The survey questioned the residents on their current curriculum and the proposed changes. RESULTS:22 Residents completed the questionnaire. Seventy-seven percent of the residents polled felt they had enough experience in critical care with the current requirements and 82% did not want the increase to 4 months (p=0.007). Seventy-three percent of the residents responded that their pain management exposure was sufficient and 82% did not want it increased (p=0.011). Overwhelmingly, 82% of those polled felt an entire month of preoperative clinic was not necessary. Seventy-three percent of those residents polled would not be comfortable on subspecialty rotations as early as August of their CA-1 year. 82% felt that too much of their training would be spent outside of the operating room, and the majority (59%) thought more residents would be on each rotation. Moreover, 55% think that the proposed changes will adversely affect residents in training. DISCUSSION/CONCLUSIONS:The results of this survey demonstrate that most residents at New York University do not think the current curriculum should change. The majority opinion is that it will negative impact their education.