Frequently Asked Questions

  • Length of Our Accreditation Cycle

    Our last site visit was in the old ACGME accreditation system in 2013 when we received a 5-year accreditation cycle, which is the maximum cycle length allowable by the ACGME. We received no citations during that review. Our program transitioned into the New Accreditation System (NAS) in July of 2014, in the Green zone. Our next Self Study visit is scheduled for 2024.

    Vacation, Sick Leave, Meeting Day

    Vacation

    • 3 weeks off each year (15 working days)
    • No call the weekend before and the weekend after the vacation week, allowing for 9 consecutive days off

    Sick Leave

    • 5 sick days/year

    Meeting Days

    • 5 days each year for attending national meetings and conferences
    • If presenting an original work at a meeting (research, case report, etc.), the department will subsidize the meeting expenses up to $1,000

    Salary and Benefits

    • Resident salaries at UNC are listed on the Graduate Medical Education site here: http://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/professional-education-services/office-of-graduate-medical-education/benefits-for-residents/
    • Costs of health/dental insurance at UNC are listed here on the Graduate Medical Education site: http://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/professional-education-services/office-of-graduate-medical-education/benefits-for-residents/
    • For those residents that do their PGY-1 (Clinical Base Year) at UNC, fees for the USMLE Step 3 exam are covered by the department
    • All residents receive an I-Pad when starting the CA-1 year for use during residency
    • $2,000 education fund is allocated to each resident for the duration of their residency for purchasing books, educational resources, and attending approved meetings
    • For residents presenting original research, case reports, or technical exhibits, Travel Awards up to $1,000 are available for each meeting
    • The American Board of Anesthesia (ABA) Written Exam fees (Part 1 or the new Basic and Advanced exams) are covered by the department for those residents scoring above the 30th percentile on their In-training Examination
    • Annual resident training license renewal fee ($125) is covered by the department
    • American Society of Anesthesiologists annual membership dues ($25) are paid for by the department annually for each resident
    • Residents will be reimbursed for the cost of the Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography board examination if the resident passes the examination.

    Food Allowance

    Each resident is given money on a card that they can use at various cafeterias in the hospital, as well as Starbucks (which is open 24/7). The amount of money placed on the card is proportional to the amount of hours worked by a given resident. Overall, residents generally accrue enough money on their card to cover all of their meals on call, with some to spare.

    Clinical Experience

    Each resident will far surpass the minimum number of cases required by the ACGME and can expect to do more than 1,200 cases during their three years of Anesthesiology training

           Anesthesia Case Numbers 2018

    Total Cases 64,612
    General Anesthetic 58,109
    Regional Anesthetic 3,180
    MAC Anesthetic 3,323
    Pediatric Surgeries 11,114
    Anesthesia-assisted, non-surgical deliveries 2,715
    Anesthesia-assisted C-sections 806
    Other OB Cases 370
    Cardio-Thoracic Surgeries 3,381
    Neurosurgeries 2,721
    Total Organ Transplants: 301
    Kidney 106
    Lung 17
    Heart 20
    Liver 42
    Outpatient Surgeries 27,784
    Total Pain Clinic Visits 10,927
    Total Pain Outpatient Clinic Procedures 4,544
    Inpatient Acute Pain Visits 10,927
    Total Acute Pain Rounds 6,705
    Total Acute Pain Obs/Critical Care Cases 3,239
    Acute Pain Consultations 695
    Inpatient Acute Pain Procedures (outside OR) 1,674

    Recent Graduate Destinations

    Class of 2019

    Cardiothoracic Fellowship
    University of Pittsburgh
    Obstetrics Fellowship
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Combined Cardiothoracic/Critical Care Fellowship
    Washington University at Saint Louis
    MHA Fellow and Faculty Position
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Pain Fellowship
    Duke University
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    University of Pittsburgh
    Private Practice
    Washington, DC
    Louisville, KY
    Charleston, SC
    Burlington, NC
    Greenville, NC
    Regional Fellowship
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Class of 2018

    Cardiothoracic Fellowship
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Regional Fellowship
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Combined Cardiothoracic/Critical Care Fellowship
    Vanderbilt University
    Duke University
    Obstetrics Fellowship
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Pain Fellowship
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Duke University
    Faculty Position
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Pediatrics Fellowship
    Vanderbilt University
    Washington University at Saint Louis
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Private Practice
    Durham, NC
    Rockford, IL
    Regional Fellowship
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

     

    Resident Origins

    Our current residents come from the following medical schools:

    Albany Medical College

    Baylor College of Medicine

    Brody School of Medicine

    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

    Creighton University School of Medicine

    George Washington University School of Medicine

    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine

    Medical College of Virginia

    Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

    New York Medical College

    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    Texas A&M Health Science Center

    Texas Tech University School of Medicine

    Tufts University School of Medicine

    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

    University of Arizona College of Medicine

    University of Colorado School of Medicine

    University of Florida College of Medicine

    University of Illinois College of Medicine

    University of Kentucky College of Medicine

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

    University of Rochester School of Medicine

    University of Texas School of Medicine @ San Antonio

    University of Utah School of Medicine

    University of Virginia School of Medicine

    University of Washington School of Medicine

    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

    Wake Forest School of Medicine

    West Virginia University School of Medicine

    Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

    Relationship Between Anesthesia and Surgery

    Our department is very well respected by our surgical colleagues, who value greatly the care we provide to our patients. We have four faculty members in our department who serve as Intensivists in our SICU and CTICU, further strengthening this relationship with our surgeons. Our residents also rotate through various ICU settings where they form friendships with surgical attendings and residents which carry into the OR setting. We are proud of the collegial relationship we maintain with our surgeons, nursing and ancillary colleagues. Over the course of your training, you will develop great working relationships with your surgical peers at UNC.

    Role of CRNAs in the Department

    We have >80 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in our department who help support our educational and clinical mission. This allows our residents great flexibility with elective rotations and opportunities outside of the OR environment. The relationship between CRNAs, faculty, and residents is very collegial and collaborative. We mutually support each other in our joint mission of excellent patient care and quality education. Student Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) from Duke rotate through our department. They are always paired with our CRNAs, and are never supervised by residents.

    Role of Fellows in the Department

    We currently offer 4 fellowships through our department: Pain Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, and Regional Anesthesia. The fellows in these groups primarily serve in a supervisory role, and do not limit the learning and procedural opportunities or our residents. Pain fellows, along with attendings, teach residents to perform pain interventions at our Spine Center. Pediatric fellows perform their own cases and have little interaction with our residents. The Obstetric and Regional fellows serve as instructors and mentors for residents during their obstetric and regional rotations. The vast majority of procedures on these rotations (spinals, epidurals, nerve blocks) are performed by residents.

    Off-site Rotations

    With the exception of international electives, a 2-week adult out-of-the OR elective, a 1-month rotation at UNC Hillsborough, and those individuals pursuing the Health Policy elective at George Washington University, all clinical rotations are at the main hospital or ambulatory surgical center on UNC’s main hospital campus.