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2019 WARC in Colorado - Faculty, Interns, and CA-1s

we welcomed another new full-time clinical faculty
member, Evan Villaluz, MD, who is board certified in
interventional pain.
Because of COVID-19, we made numerous changes
to accommodate our residents. Despite a drastic
reduction in the number of OR cases, we were
able to maintain required residency case numbers
with minimal disruption to clinical experience and
education through preferential case assignments
to anesthesiology residents. Through aggressive
championing by our GME department, our
residents were able to obtain PPE through the GME
department's independent supply, as a fail-safe when
hospital supplies are short. Much of our curriculum
has now changed to a virtual format, minimizing
disruption to lectures and conferences while
maintaining social distancing.

Wellness is a special focus of our residency. This year,
our annual retreat was replaced by a virtual retreat,
which consisted of wellness sessions in lieu of clinical
time. Each resident was handed a wellness basket,
which included amongst other things a Google Play
card for a movie and gift card for delivery of food.
This virtual retreat was hosted over the span of two
days in the middle of the pandemic. Our residency also
offers unprecedented flexibility. For the CA-1 through
CA-3 years, five flex days are offered (plus three
weeks vacation), which can be used at any time, even
in the middle of the week, pending program approval.
Additional flexibility is achieved through " wellness
days, " which are non-clinical days, earned when
residents volunteer for late duties. " Wellness days " can
be used Tuesday through Thursday during the main
OR block, and are typically used for various activities
ranging from doctor visits to personal retreats.

Virtual Retreat, Spring 2020

Monthly Resident Meeting

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