The main emphasis of our program and our faculty is teaching, and we have a long history of teaching high quality residents and producing quality anesthesiologists. Our residents are second to none, they do incredibly well on their board exams, they go out and get excellent jobs, and I think the reputation of our residents in training is really outstanding as judged by the quality of the comments from private practitioners wanting our graduating residents.
We have a lot of faculty who are multi boarded for example, all our pediatric anesthesiologists are at least double boarded. Some of them having boards not only in pediatrics, but pediatric anesthesiology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric ICU, that is the type of faculty we have teaching our residents. A lot of what the residency teaches you is not only skills but gaining confidence in those skills, and feeling like you are able to leave the nest and fly away by the time you’re finished.
I met every resident at a party on a Tuesday night, and I was just really impressed by not only how happy they were but how happy their spouses were, their kids were and how many good things they had to say about the program. And I thought to myself, you know, here’s a program with a terrific national reputation where everyone I’ve met is just incredibly happy and incredibly pleased with the education and the training and the opportunities that are available to them. And here’s a department so confident in itself that it allows all its applicants to meet with any resident without any kind of faculty supervision. I found that to be so unique.
We have a very strong foundation and our record of success, whether gauged by what our residents go on to become or how they do on standardized exams, or how they’re viewed within this hospital, is a success that’s hard to argue with. Dr. Littlewood
The faculty roster contains names that have been here for most if not all of their career, and in a time of great turbulence within anesthesiology deptartments, that’s quite remarkable. People seem to come here and not want to leave. In fact, the the most common reason for people leaving in the past had been to go and become a leader somewhere else. And I find that to be a real asset of this department because my mentors and colleagues are here and will be here for awhile, that lends a stability and cultural identity to our dept. that I think transcends to the trainee who is only here for a relatively short time. Dr. Littlewood