Program Overview—What Makes us Unique?
So, why is the URMC Anesthesiology residency program among a group with less than 10% of all residency programs in the country? For the past three cycles of evaluation by the ACGME, the URMC Anesthesiology residency program has been accredited with the most number of years allowed for continuous accreditation, 5 years a piece. This is why our residency program has established itself as being among the best, based on the most basic principle: a foundation in education coupled with the highest level of opportunities available for residents.
We also understand that each resident is unique and brings individual talents to our program. The URMC anesthesiology residency program provides tailored learning opportunities in order to focus each resident's education to their own personal interests. While the first two years of the program are based on the foundation of knowledge and information that are necessary to learn the profession, the third year allows the opportunity for a more personalized curriculum. Recent examples include rotations in health care policy, private practice medicine, regional anesthesia, palliative care and clinical coordinator management. Additionally, if the trainee is especially interested, there are longitudinal training programs available in research and education to allow for a more robust experience. The goal of the URMC program is to have each resident graduate with a strong core knowledge and expertise along with focused training in a variety of particular interests.
Another unique aspect to our program is our ability to provide almost the entire case load under one roof. Our residents do not have to travel to other hospitals for specific rotations and on any day of the week, they are exposed to the complete variety of patient and surgical complexities. In addition, because there are no other teaching hospitals in the region and there is no other trauma center, our residents get exclusive access to these educational opportunities. Our department has its own “private practice” group that allows opportunities for residents and faculty to experience this model of patient care while at Highland Hospital, too. Finally, with the recent opening of our state of the art surgery center, our residents get the opportunity to practice in a fast track ambulatory setting, as well. The regional anesthesia opportunities at our centers have accelerated the expertise of our residents in this realm even as early as the first year of training. With an understanding that our residents sometimes seek out opportunities to earn extra money, residents can be approved to moonlight during their CA-2 year (PGY3). If a resident is willing to work more than 50 hours doing moonlighting, the department will pay for the New York State License fee as well ($735).
Lastly, there are some benefits that we offer. We provide you with an array of textbooks to start you off on your journey of anesthesia knowledge acquisition. We also have an impressive repertoire of exam preparation materials available for your use which is updated each year. Almost every conference we offer comes with food. (Yes, that may actually be our biggest line item expense!) In addition, each anesthesia resident receives an educational allowance to help pay for things that you may need, like a new electronic device to store important “apps” or educational materials. And if you are particularly motivated to prepare an abstract or a poster for a scientific meeting, we offer an additional stipend to cover your cost of travel.
- Annual educational allowance
- Journal subscriptions: Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia.
- Five days per year to attend educational meetings
- Intranet access for an extensive collection of electronic journals and books.
- Society memberships: New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).