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The Department of Anesthesiology’s three year (advanced) and four year (categorical) training programs, along with a range of fellowship opportunities, 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 able to competently and confidently handle any clinical situation.

The clinical base year (PG-1) provides a broad foundation of medical knowledge and clinical experience upon which subsequent training builds. Rotations in critical care, general medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, pediatric surgery, otolaryngology, neonatology, pediatric critical care and anesthesiology provide a challenging and rewarding first year. Residents 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 subsequent clinical anesthesia years and beyond.

Clinical anesthesiology training begins with the Introduction to Anesthesiology rotation, either during May or June of the PG-1 year (categorical residents) or July of the 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. The clinical anesthesiology years (CA-1 through CA-3) aim to challenge residents early on, with many residents beginning subspecialty rotations (neuroanesthesia, pediatrics, cardiac) within the first six months. 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 anesthesia and advanced airway management, along with the full spectrum of anesthesia subspecialty experience.

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 transesophageal echocardiography, intraoperative neuromonitoring, critical care, and pain management. A research track is offered with three months of dedicated research time in the CA-2 year and six months in the CA-3 year. Finally, the Department offers and supports a range of international medical mission opportunities for CA-3 residents interested in joining UW faculty on these interesting and rewarding experiences.

The Department of Anesthesiology offers an ACGME accredited Anesthesiology Critical Care fellowship along with a range of flexible, individualized fellowship opportunities. Clinical fellowships are available in regional anesthesia/acute pain management, transplant anesthesia, neuroanesthesia with intraoperative neuromonitoring, cardiac/vascular anesthesia with transesophageal echocardiography, and ambulatory anesthesia. In most instances fellows have the opportunity to function as Clinical Instructors as well, offering the invaluable opportunity to refine their skills by both teaching residents and working with clinical anesthetists in the care-team model of anesthesia care.