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Residency Program

The residency training program at the University of Michigan was founded in 1950, making it one of the oldest in the nation. The depth and breadth of training is exceptional, in part due to the University of Michigan Medical Center being among the nation’s largest and most modern tertiary care centers. The Medical center, on the banks of the Huron River, consists of a complex of 4 major interconnected hospitals on one campus (University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Holden/Women’s Hospital, and The Cardio-Vascular Center.

The Medical School, with its extensive basic research facilities, is located within the Medical Center complex, adjacent to university Hospital and is consistently rated as one of the best medical schools in the country. In addition, the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Hospital is less than a mile from the main hospital complex. The ambulatory experience at the VA is supplemented by our two freestanding ambulatory surgery centers at East Ann Arbor and Northville.


The goal of the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program is to develop motivated physicians into consultants in Anesthesiology. We endeavor to prepare specialists with a broad spectrum of knowledge, excellent clinical skills, mature interpersonal communication skills, ability to understand systems-based practice, use experience to provide better care, and become the consummate professional. To accomplish these goals, the program’s educational opportunities range from individualized instruction to small group discussions and large format lectures. Educational experiences include daily informal morning case presentations where residents and faculty present their plans for the upcoming day’s cases as well as formal didactic presentations by the faculty and nationally recognized guest professors.

eBooks and iPads

Beginning with FY 12 every resident will be given an iPad 2. These iPads have been configured with all of the educational tools such as clinical references, Milestones, Key Words, Room Tips, ACGME Case Logs, MedHub and Centricity. Residents will also have access to all of the major anesthesia textbooks, to facilitate the didactic portion of the residency training using the iPads rather than traditional hard-copy textbooks.

Clinical Rotations

Our resident rotation calendar is based on thirteen 4-week blocks. Rotations usually change on Monday unless it is a holiday. CA-1 residents will be assigned the majority of their time at the University Hospital training in the general surgical specialty of General Surgery, GYN, Oncology, Plastics, Head & Neck and Orthopedics. Additional CA-1 rotations occur at the Kellogg Eye Center, VA Medical Center, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, SICU and PACU.

CA-2 residents are assigned rotation in the surgical subspecialty of Cardiac, OB, Peds, Neuroanesthesia, Critical Care, Vascular and Thoracic Anesthesia. There are also assigned rotations in Pain Management and several blocks of main O.R.

CA-3 residents are required to do rotation in Cardiac, OB and Neurosurgery. CA-3 residents are also assigned rotation at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Acute Pain Service, East Ann Arbor Regional, and Critical Care. Assignments in the University Hospital Main O.R. make up the remainder of the clinical year. When assigned to the Main O.R., CA-3's assume the role of Supv. Chief when on call, and are assigned the more difficult or challenging cases when necessary.

Our intent is to instill in our residents the concept of “life long learning” and become ultimate adult learners. For interested residents there are opportunities to become involved in research from large clinical data base queries, prospective randomized trials and laboratory work down to the molecular level. We also offer fellowship opportunities in Cardiac Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Pain Management, Obstetrical Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, and Critical Care Medicine.