Anesthesia Program Dr Mazen Faden Assistant professor & Cardiac Anesthesia Consultant King Abdulaziz University
Introduction• The demand for highly trained and safe Anesthesiologist is very high in the Kingdome and all over the world.• The program calls for the application of the latest technology, pharmacology, and monitoring by competent personal.• Anesthesia is an interesting field which deals with a huge varieties of patients, procedures, and personal.
Local program• Admission requirements:• 1- medical degree.• 2- completion of 12 months internship.• 3- passing pre-admission Saudi commission exam.• 4- Interview by Anesthesia and ICU program.• 5- three recommendation letters.• 6- letter from a sponsoring organization.• 7- Registration as a trainee at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
Local Program• Five year program structured training in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care.• Divided into 3 years (junior) and 2 years (senior).• The Junior rotations are directed into core anesthesia and obstetric anesthesia practice.• Senior years are directed into anesthesia sub-specialties.• (Cardiac, Pediatric, Neuro, Thoracic, Pain management)
• Training starts October.• Residents are requires to satisfactory complete allocated rotations for a given year and pass end of year evaluation exam (promotion exam).• Part 1 exam also have to be completed before starting the senior years.• After the successful completion of all 5 year of training and passing end of year promotion exam the candidate will receive (training completion certificate).• The Candidate will be eligible to set the final certification exam.
• The application process and the interviews are determined by the Saudi Commission.• The time usually April-May.• Best hospital to work: to do electives where you potentially want to work and there is available Jobs.
Courses• ACLS• ATLS• PALS• NRB• Plus Anesthesia conferences, locally or internationally.• Anesthesia workshops best place is clinical skills center at KAU hospital.
Sub-Specialty• Can be either done here or out side.• Better to do it out side if you can, easier to get a spot the residency.• Also the Saudi Commission offer also Fellowship programs with exams and certification.• After finishing residency you will be working as a specialist.• After three years you can apply for a consultant position.
• Salary: Depend on the hospital.• Vacation• 4 week annual leave• 10 days public holidays and ER leave.• 1 week academic leave.• On calls Max 8 per month.
Outside training• The training spots available for Anesthesia in Canada is very limited almost none.• Better chance in the USA, but to be careful of the program.• Other countries, Germany, France, Sweden, more chance to be accepted.