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The Department of Anesthesiology's three-year (advanced) and four-year (categorical) training programs are designed to train you as a consultant in anesthesiology and prepare you for the challenges of a life-long career in this exciting field. Our goal is to educate superior anesthesiologists, who are able to competently and confidently handle any in private or academic practice, and who will become leaders in their respective practice groups and/or our specialty.

The clinical base year (PGY-1) provides a broad foundation of medical knowledge and clinical experience upon which subsequent training builds. Rotations in general medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, pediatric surgery, otolaryngology, surgical critical care, medical critical care, pediatric critical care and anesthesiology provide a challenging and rewarding first year. In addition, PGY-1 residents spend a month together focused on pain management, perioperative medicine, and transfusion medicine. Our trainees have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and residents from a wide range of specialties, forming professional relationships and friendships that carry through the years.

Clinical anesthesiology training begins with the Introduction to Anesthesiology rotation, either during May or June of the PGY-1 year (categorical residents) or July of the clinical anesthesia (CA)-1 year (advanced residents). Residents experience a well-developed introductory month of orientation, textbook review, simulation and clinical experience designed to ease the transition into the CA-1 year. Peer-to-peer mentoring is also used at the PGY-1 and CA-1 levels to facilitate transitions.

The clinical anesthesiology years (CA-1 through CA-3) aim to challenge residents early on, with many residents beginning subspecialty rotations (neuroanesthesia, pediatrics, cardiac) during the first twelve months. Early introduction to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and perioperative medicine are also included. Resident progress is closely monitored and supervised by faculty with a broad range of subspecialty expertise, while residents are encouraged to think independently and develop the critical decision-making skills necessary as they progress to increasingly complex cases.

The CA-2 year features one-month rotations dedicated to ultrasound-guided regional anesthesiology, advanced airway management, liver transplant anesthesiology, along with the full spectrum of anesthesia subspecialty experience including advanced rotations in pediatric and cardiac anesthesiology, and a highly regarded month of obstetric anesthesiology at Northwestern's high-volume, high-complexity Prentice Hospital in downtown Chicago.

The CA-3 year offers flexibility in its goal of providing residents with extensive experience caring for the most critically ill patients. All residents participate in advanced rotations in cardiac, pediatric, obstetric, regional and neuroanesthesia along with a challenging rotation in operating room management. Residents may elect to receive additional training in vascular anesthesia, transesophageal echocardiography, cardiothoracic critical care, and pain management. A selective rotation allows the CA-3 resident to guide their own case assignments to target case types and anesthetizing locations most pertinent to their post-graduation plans. While a Capstone rotation provides experience in the teaching and supervising of junior residents. A research track is offered for interested residents, which provides up to three months of dedicated research time in the CA-2 year and up to six months in the CA-3 year. Finally, the Department offers and supports a range of international medical mission opportunities for senior residents interested in joining UW faculty on these interesting and rewarding experiences.

The Department of Anesthesiology offers ACGME-accredited fellowships in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, critical care medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and chronic pain (in conjunction with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department), along with a range of flexible, individualized clinical fellowship opportunities (e.g., transplant anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, and regional anesthesia, ambulatory anesthesia, and research). A fellowship in Transfusion Medicine is also available through the Department of Pathology. Frequently, fellows have the opportunity to function as Clinical Instructors, offering the invaluable opportunity to refine their skills by both teaching residents and working with clinical anesthetists in the care-team model of perioperative care.