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From The CriticsReviewer: Tariq M. Malik, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is an exercise for both residents and attendings in how to become fully conversant with the six core clinical competencies in anesthesiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to inform attendings how to evaluate residents on a daily basis according to core competency criteria as set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and to explain to residents what to expect when they are being evaluated. The book describes the different criteria nicely, which is important since most resources that deal with this topic are vague and short on specific examples.
Audience: The book is clearly meant for anesthesia residents and faculty, but other faculty and residents can use it as a guide for their specialties. The editors have extensive experience teaching and dealing with resident review committees.
Features: Six sections contain 76 different case scenarios and each is edited by a different author. The purpose is to explain how the six core competency evaluation can be applied to any case scenario. Each case is briefly outlined, followed by a series of real-life events that happen to patients. The authors apply the six core competencies one by one as the case unfolds. The book highlights important points or aspects that should be addressed by residents and on which they will be evaluated. The book is also an exercise in simulation or interactive case management, and the cases illustrate common occurrences. The authors never lose sight of the fact that this is not an anesthesia textbook, but an exercise in resident evaluation. Different subspecialties of anesthesia from cardiovascular and critical care to pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology are represented. However, there is no case scenario for acute or chronic pain management, which is unfortunate since this is an area that requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes interaction among unhappy patients, nurses, and surgeons. It's an ideal way to test the core competency skill of residents; describing few such cases would really help.
Assessment: This book is a real asset for faculty who deal with residents every day. With so much stress on resident evaluation but little guidance, this book is sorely needed. Too often residents do not really know how they are evaluated, but this book brings everything into the open and leaves nothing to the imagination. There is no ambivalence and no excuses on either side.