Didactic Programs

University of Virginia Anesthesia faculty Dr. Keith Littlewood teaches residents how to intubate in the Simulation Center.

Dr. Keith Littlewood teaches residents how to intubate in the Simulation Center.

UVA Anesthesiology faculty members have won more teaching awards than any other department at the University of Virginia. Some of our current faculty members have been honored as recipients of the Dean’s Clinical Excellence Award, the Master Clinician Award, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Master Educator award-the School of Medicine’s most prestigious award for GME teaching, and many others have become members of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Educators.

Residents are taught by nationally recognized teachers in all areas of anesthesia. We are fortunate that many of our faculty are at the forefront of academic anesthesiology and have educational Grant funding. We have several faculty on the editorial board of Anesthesia & Analgesia.  Many of our faculty hold leadership positions and lecture nationally at the ASA, IARS, ASRA, SAAA, and SEA meetings, and other organizations. UVA faculty have authored and contributed to many major anesthesiology textbooks and monographs and are experts in areas of anesthesiology. Faculty are highly valued for their education of residents and as a result, residents have the opportunity to evaluate faculty teaching effectiveness each academic year.​

Weekly Didactic Conferences

We have 3 required one-hour didactic sessions each week. These case discussions and lectures are high quality and are given by both local experts and visiting faculty experts. The didactic program is designed to cover all core areas of anesthesia and frequently delve into innovative subspecialty topics by leading experts.  We also offer elective TEE conferences, case conferences, journal clubs, research conferences, mock oral board examinations, and selected topic reviews.

Split Curriculum

Our residents attend a split curriculum conference the first Wednesday of each month.  Specialized sessions are created by our faculty within each teaching block. These sessions run 6:30am – 7:45am.

Resident Education Days

Perioperative Ultrasound
  • Mandatory, 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:00am
  • Review basic concepts of Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), Critical care ultrasound
  • Led by National Board of Echo Advanced Perioperative Echo Certified faculty


FAM: Foundations of Anesthesia

The Foundations of Anesthesia Month (FAM) introductory course is held twice a year – in July for 7 of the incoming CA-0s and for all of the incoming advanced CA-1s. It is taught again in January for the other 7 CA-0s at the beginning of their 6 months of anesthesia training.

Exam Review and Board Prep

We prepare our residents well for their exams and boards. Learn more below.

Rotation Specific Dedicated Teaching

Miscellaneous Educational Opportunities