Improved residents' knowledge after an advanced regional anesthesia education program

Vicente Garcia-Tomas, Deborah Schwengel, Jean Pierre P. Ouanes, Sarah Hall, Marie N. Hanna

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Background: Although residents in anesthesia are confident in performing neuraxial anesthesia, many are not confident in performing peripheral nerve blocks. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a structured regional anesthesia teaching program in a large academic medical center. Methods: Residents participated in regional anesthesia didactics that took place in a unique resident education program scheduled during two fully protected teaching days a month. The curriculum included hands-on cadaver workshops in the anatomy lab, hands-on ultrasound workshops, hands-on nerve stimulator and surface anatomy workshops, and simulator sessions related to complications of regional anesthesia. Before beginning the formal regional anesthesia teaching program, residents completed a pretest composed of 25 multiple choice questions (MCQ) and a three-section observed standardized clinical examination (OSCE). Seven months later, approximately 1 month after completion of the regional anesthesia curriculum, the residents were evaluated again with the exact same tests. Pretest and post-test results for both the MCQ and the OSCE were compared by using a paired t-test for statistical means. Results: Post-test results were significantly improved (P < 0.05) across all clinical anesthesia (CA) years and for both the MCQ and OSCE examinations. Post-test results were also significantly improved (P < 0.05) across all CA years for each of the three sections of the OSCE. Conclusion: The formal regional anesthesia teaching program developed by the departmental faculty was effective in improving resident knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalMiddle East journal of anesthesiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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