Residency Program Description

Our residency training program seeks to educate physicians who wish to learn the specialty of anesthesiology. We seek to provide the physician with the knowledge, skills and clinical judgment to provide safe and effective anesthesia care over the spectrum of anesthesiology expertise. We also seek to instill the physician with the values and core competencies necessary to successfully practice medicine and the specialty of anesthesiology.
The program is a comprehensive and progressive education in the specialty of anesthesiology.  The residents are trained to manage patients with increasing levels of complexity with increasing independence.

The first year of clinical anesthesiology (CA1) focuses on the development of the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to develop competence to manage independently the anesthesia for a healthy (ASA I or II) patient. Included in this competency are the development of basic level core competence in the care of a patient, the basic medical and anesthesiology specific knowledge, the ability to understand how to learn from the practice of anesthesiology to improve care, beginning skills in communication between the anesthesiologist and the patient and other members of the care team, the fundamental values of professionalism, and a basic understanding of the complexity of health care systems and how anesthesiology is practiced in that environment.

The second year of clinical anesthesiology (CA2) introduces the anesthesiology resident to the specialty and sub-specialty areas of anesthesiology. At this level the resident begins to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the CA1 year to management of more complex patients.  During this year residents will experience increasing independence during the specialty rotations as their skills and knowledge show evidence of growth and development. The rotations include pediatric anesthesiology, neuroanesthesiology, cardiac anesthesiology (including thoracic anesthesiology), pain management, management of critically ill patients in the ICU, obstetrical anesthesiology, management of the pre-operative patient (Preoperative Evaluation Unit), management of the patient in the immediate post-operative period (PACU - Post Anesthesia Care Unit). The student will also be expected to continue to develop the core competency at an intermediate level of ability needed to manage more complex patients requiring care by an anesthesiologist.

The third year of clinical anesthesiology (CA3) challenges the anesthesiology resident with the highest level of complexity in the practice of anesthesiology. The resident will be expected to work at a much greater level of independence with evidence of a mastery of the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients with life threatening problems undergoing the most complex procedures including major organ transplantation. Residents are offered elective rotations to further hone their skills in any subspecialty they choose.  Graduates from this program are fully trained anesthesiologists who have the knowledge and skills to successfully anesthetize any patient undergoing surgery.


The Department maintains a long tradition of leadership in anesthesia research. As a prominent academic anesthesia department, it has many active research projects that range from NIH funded molecular biology, to clinical studies and epidemiological outcome based investigations. The Department has a dedicated clinical research faculty Dr. Singh Nair which will provide research opportunities for all residents.



There are 2 ACGME accredited fellowships in Adult Cardiothoracic and Pediatric as well as 3 non-accredited   
fellowships in Airway (ENT), Neuro Anesthesia and Regional Anesthesia.  An accredited Pain Management fellowship
is offered at the Beth Israel Medical Center