Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

Fatoumata Kromah, M.D., FASA, Department of Anesthesiology, VCU School of Medicine

Additional Author(s) Information

Jason Noble, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology, VCU School of Medicine

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Original Presentation Date


Date of Submission

March 2019

Abstract/Short Description

Purpose and Background:

Onboarding is commonly utilized in the corporate world. It is a process that begins before an employee starts a new position. During the process, the employee is welcomed to their new role, and provided tools and knowledge to be successfully assimilated into his or her position with a quicker ramp-up to productivity1. A structured onboarding process in post graduate training generally occurs before the start of residency2. Once residency is underway there is a wide variety of pre-rotation information that is passed on to the residents. There no published data on onboarding of anesthesia residents prior to the start of the obstetric anesthesia rotation. The obstetric anesthesia rotation offers a unique experience in that the team cares for both mother and fetus. It is not uncommon for a new resident to encounter a medically complex pregnant patient requiring an emergency cesarean delivery at the very start of their rotation. Due to the unpredictable nature of the labor and delivery unit, it requires preparation of the resident prior to beginning their obstetric anesthesia rotation. We developed an online obstetric anesthesia-based onboarding system available on

Learner Objectives: 1.Review of the importance of an onboarding system in post graduate training. 2.Understand the need for an improve obstetric anesthesia service onboarding system. 3.Discuss planned improvements and future direction for the obstetric anesthesia service onboarding process.


1.What Is Onboarding Exactly? PeopleAdmin. Website. Published January 2013. Accessed January 13, 2019.

2.Hébert, T et al. Onboarding for Pathology Residency Programs—The Montefiore Experience. DOI link: Published August 2016. Accessed January 13, 2019.



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