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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. 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 Neuro-anesthesia rotation.

2. Wellness Initiatives

We take our wellbeing seriously in Rochester. After all, the bio-psychosocial model was described by well-known psychiatrist Dr. George Engel here in the 1970s. One of his mentees, Dr. Ron Epstein, one of our prominent Professors of Family Medicine has spent the better part of his 25 year career promoting mindfulness and patient-centered care. With these role models within our community, it is no surprise that there is top-down support for wellness initiative. To this end, our residents are involved in regularly scheduled activities with our employee assistance program, and partake in a variety of workshops. Each of our protected “Education Days” have an associated wellness session. We even hold joint wellness sessions between different training programs!

3. National ACGME Reputation

Our track record for full accreditation for the last 20 years is no accident. We are lucky to have amazing institutional GME leadership. In fact, our GME is only one of 8 in the country (out of 100’s) who have obtained Innovative Status. What does this mean to you? Because of our track record of following the rules, we are able to promote creative and innovative approaches to your training and education.

4. New Rotations

Our program is constantly evolving to meet the ever changing landscape of healthcare education and training. To that end, and since we “own” the schedule for the Clinical Base Year, we have introduced some new rotations this year – Transfusion Medicine, Improvement Science, and Sleep Medicine. We are dedicated to training the next generation of perioperative physicians and these new experiences help us help you deliver on that goal.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.  With a usual schedule of 20 regional blocks a day, our residents far surpass minimum case requirements even on their first rotation!

9. Coaches

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.

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.