Welcome from the Program Director

The UNC Department of Anesthesiology has a great tradition of training anesthesiologists. Our graduates achieve very high levels in private practice and in academic environments. Our ACGME-accredited program has residents from across the country and has well above the national average board pass rates in the ABA certification process. About two-thirds of our graduating classes go on to do fellowships in a variety of subspecialties and most of them get their first or second choices. Currently, we have 52 residency positions which include 10 positions at the PGY-1 level. The CA-1 through CA-3 years have 14 residency positions in each class. Additionally, we also have one Combined Pediatrics/Anesthesia residency position. The size of our program is matched with an all-encompassing clinical experience that leads to a greater competence upon completion. UNC has limited fellowships that allow frequent and direct instruction of our residents from our outstanding group of faculty. The fellowships are in clinical areas where we can easily train both residents and subspecialty fellows (Pediatric Anesthesia, Pain Medicine, Regional Anesthesia, and Obstetric Anesthesia). We also have over 60 nurse anesthetists in the department that allow for flexibility in the teaching mission. Despite the volume and acuity of care offered at UNC, our residents train in a very collegial and supportive environment that includes relationships with our surgical colleagues as well as Nursing.

The challenge of mastering the specialty of Anesthesiology is enormous. New drugs, new techniques, and new equipment are always being introduced. Patients have more complex surgical and medical problems. The advances in anesthesiology and perioperative care have allowed for aggressive use of invasive procedures and surgeries in even the sickest of patients. The foundation of our specialty’s growth and success is rooted in the anesthesiology residency training program. This is where the fundamentals are learned, as well as habits developed. I have complete confidence that there is no better place to train than at UNC. The residency is the focal point of our department’s educational mission.

I am continually amazed by the quality of individuals that make up our department. I could not imagine being anywhere but here. Please look around our website, but more importantly, I hope I get a chance to meet you in person when you visit us.

Harendra Arora, MD
Program Director

Residency Program Contact:
Elizabeth H. Aguero

Resident Education Coordinator