Emergency airway management: Training and experience of chief residents in otolaryngology and anesthesiology

Head & Neck, 04/24/2012

Otolaryngology and anesthesiology emergency airway management experience/training is heterogeneous and nonstandardized. Many chief residents graduate with little exposure to airway emergencies, especially surgical airways. Resident confidence levels are high despite minimal experience. This high confidence–low experience dichotomy may reflect novice overconfidence and suggests the need for improved training methods.

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