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Making the Most of Your CA-1 Year 

Making the Most of Your CA-1 Year
Making the Most of Your CA-1 Year

Mary E. Arthur

and Vaibhav Bora

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date: 24 February 2020

Making the transition from the clinical base year to the first clinical anesthesia year can be stressful. During this time, the trainee transforms from a confident intern to a resident bombarded by unfamiliar equipment and drugs and confronted with patients with dynamic physiologic changes. This chapter focuses on simple rules to make the transition easy. It also provides “dos and don’ts,” Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, work-life balance, physician burnout, and reaching out. “Speak Up,” a patient safety concept borrowed from the Joint Commission, is introduced. Details on preparing for the American Board of Anesthesiology BASIC exam, a requirement for advancing in anesthesiology residency, and maintaining certification are also discussed.

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