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Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Clinton Kakazu, MD, MBA
The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be challenging,
requiring changes in the residency program to provide
safe patient care, while also protecting our trainees.
Balancing educational demands and maintaining the
proper learning environment were also important
program goals. In order to meet patient care needs
while mitigating the potential consequences of our
residents falling ill to COVID, several major changes
occurred with our block rotations, curriculum, and
lectures/didactics.
Fortunately, through all the changes, our program
met the challenges of providing excellent patient care,
while preserving critical educational opportunities
for our residents. As the program moves forward, we

New CA-1 class six months into their anesthesia training

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anticipate that there will be some aspects of a " new
normal " as the process continually evolves.
To fulfill the unmet need of critical care for our COVID
patients admitted to the hospital, our anesthesia
faculty were deployed to provide supervision and
oversight to a newly formed COVID ICU team. 22 out
of 28 residents were reassigned from March 2020
until August 2020 on two- or four-week rotations to
participate in COVID critical care. As residents were
redeployed to this newly formed COVID ICU rotation,
several rotations were postponed due to the decline in
OR caseload as a result of the abrupt cancellation of
elective surgeries. To minimize the effect on training
requirements, the ACGME-required rotations were



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