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The Anesthesiology Residency Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center is dedicated to the education and development of the next generation of anesthesiologists. Our program has a proven track record of graduating highly trained and qualified doctors who have completed 2-3 times the required ACGME clinical case load and who score above the national average on board examinations.

Anesthesiology Residency Brochure

Top 10 Reasons For Choosing Our Program

1. Reputation

We obtained the full 5 year cycle of accreditation three times in a row. Although this system of accreditation is now different, our track record of following the rules has enabled us to promote creative and innovative approaches to your training and education.

2. Integrated Program

On the topic of innovative approaches to your training, our FULLY integrated categorical training program is one of a few that allows first year residents (PGY1) entry into the OR early while coordinating the traditional PGY1 “floor” rotations with anesthesiology subspecialty rotations. For example, Neurology Ward and EEG monitoring precedes your Neuroanesthesia rotation.

3. One Central Location

The majority of your case load will be under one roof while still providing a broad case exposure. In our region, we house the Level 1 trauma centers, the only liver and heart transplant center, and the only NICU and high risk OB ward.

4. Dedicated Ambulatory Surgical Center

At our state-of-the-art surgery center, our residents get the opportunity to practice in a fast track ambulatory setting. 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.

5. Educational Specialist

We have a non-clinical education specialist dedicated to the quality of your education who successfully assisted with implementing a Residents as Teachers Program, Education Track Curriculum, and website pages for resident use only (includes research opportunities, conference meetings dates for next 5 years, education resources, news items and discussion boards) and education track website (includes teaching calendar, discussion board and education resources).

6. Education Program – Something for every adult learner

In 2013, we restructured our curriculum (we survey our practices to improve ourselves each year!). In addition to early entry to the OR, our new curriculum places more emphasis on the transition of didactic information to clinical practice. There might still be some powerpoint lectures thrown in, but we also offer case method discussions, simulation training, mock oral exams, board prep review, learning by crossword puzzles, Jeopardy!, audience-response system integration, problem-based discussions…a smorgasbord of options! Each anesthesia resident also receives educational funding to help pay for things that you may need, like an iPad to store important “apps” or textbooks not offered by our program (though we have a robust set of texts and journals in our library). 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.

7. Tracks

Three new specialized areas of training: the Residency Research Track, the Clinical Educator Track and the Medical Management Track. Residents accepted into these tracks will benefit from an ongoing mentorship specific to developing skills in research, teaching and business. Feel free to ask us about this when you visit.

8. Wellness

We were recently tagged to trial a new University-wide program with anesthesiology-trained EAP therapists and mandatory sessions (yes, mandatory therapy, but just once!) as well as conducting anonymous confessions sessions.

9. Coaches

a. You will be assigned a “coach” by the second half of your clinical base year. Coaches assist with all aspects of residency including academics and general acclimation to the program, hospital and city. Coaches will meet with you to review progress on clinical rotations and on examinations. In addition, coaches can help you with career guidance and assist with planning senior- year subspecialty rotations, and may serve as your mentor and advocate during training. Some residents may alternatively, opt to have multiple mentors during residency.

10. Advocacy

We promote advocacy efforts such as Lifebox as well as advocacy education and participation with physician advocacy, lobbying, ASA Committee on Governmental Affairs, and legislative process.