What defines the ideal anesthesiology residency program? In my opinion, it combines a clinical experience filled with challenging cases across the spectrum of anesthesiology subspecialties, combined with a strong didactic program that facilitates successful completion of the board examination process. It is critically important that this transpires in an environment that is friendly, supportive, and stimulating. Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University's Department of Anesthesiology provides all of these components in our advanced and categorical residency training and fellowship programs.
The extensive list of required cases and procedures, as delineated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)’s Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology, helps to ensure that residents trained in anesthesiology have adequate exposure to cases across all anesthesiology subspecialties. The clinical experience available at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center permits our residents to complete the majority of their clinical case requirements by the end of their CA-2 year, essentially leaving the CA-3 year for the pursuit of subspecialties of interest, including a variety of clinical and basic science research opportunities, without being encumbered by having to complete case requirements. With the exception of the rotations in pediatric and regional anesthesia, all rotations are conducted at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, fostering a “team” approach and allowing great friendships and camaraderie to develop during residency training.
Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center’s anesthesiology residency program has a long-standing tradition of excellence in preparing its graduates for success in the board certification process. The relatively small size of this residency program ensures that a resident will get individual attention and not become “lost,” while being large enough to provide peer support and interaction. In our resident selection process, we value those residents who have demonstrated a commitment to teamwork, cooperation, and leadership. The end result is a terrific group of residents who work well together, becoming excellent anesthesiologists while building lifelong friendships.
For those resident graduates who wish to go on to post-graduate physician training, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center now offers ACGME-approved fellowships in pain medicine, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, and obstetric anesthesiology, and non-ACGME approved fellowships in regional anesthesiology and neuroanesthesia.
For more information about the anesthesiology residency program, contact Denise McMaster, program manager.