Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine

The Division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine is currently staffed by a fellowship-trained attending who trains our residents to care for patients with acute pain with a focus on the latest techniques of regional anesthesia including ultrasound guidance and peripheral catheter placement.

Our goal is to provide our patients the best chance for a comfortable recovery and smooth perioperative course. In addition to perioperative patients, we are also involved in inpatient consults for traumatic pain and other sources of acute pain.

Currently one resident rotates on the service at a time. This allows us to focus on that particular resident and his or her needs. This also means that the resident will be performing nearly all the blocks for that month, which allows us to determine that resident's particular strengths and allows them to refine their skills.

A thorough knowledge and understanding of the relevant anatomy and the pharmacology of local anesthetics is stressed to enable critical decision making by the resident. At the end of our time together, the resident should be very comfortable with the blocks that the typical anesthesiologist would be likely to do.

These websites are good sources for straight-forward reading material on performing some common nerve blocks:

Military Advanced Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia

Resident orientation document