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Introduction

Welcome to the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program at the University of North Carolina!

Our program meets all the requirements of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and is fully accredited by the American Medical Association’s Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The mission of our residency is to train outstanding consultant anesthesiologists by providing a diverse, rigorous clinical experience combined with a carefully planned didactic curriculum.  Our residents gain exposure to a wide array of patient populations and cases, including Level 1 trauma and solid organ transplants.  Additionally, our program is unique in its focus on professional development, advocacy and wellness.

Thank you for your interest in UNC Anesthesiology!

Faculty

Our faculty represent a diverse group of anesthesiologists, many of whom are nationally recognized for their accomplishments in research, teaching, advocacy and professional service. Click here to learn more.

 

Education

In addition to clinical experiences, residents have a wide variety of additional educational opportunities including:

Weekly Conferences

We offer departmental educational sessions throughout the week.  Our residents regularly participate in preparatory sessions for the ABA written and oral boards as well as the OSCE exam.  Additionally, our residents play an active role in Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Chair’s Conference, and others.  Regular subspecialty conferences help provide additional exposure to topics such as point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), pediatric anesthesiology and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). We utilize the expertise of our education specialist and renowned faculty to incorporate active learning techniques.

Journal Clubs

Our quarterly Journal Club program is geared toward exploring the critical aspects of research study design and manuscript preparation.

Introductory sessions are geared towards new residents and concentrate on research methodology and manuscript preparation. Advanced sessions are geared toward discussing landmark articles in anesthesiology as well as research studies conducted by members of our department.

 

Unique Educational Experiences

Sample Rotation Schedule

Clinical-Based Year

Residents who match into the categorical positions will complete a clinical base year where they will rotate through various medicine, surgical, and pediatric specialties. Additionally, we include anesthesia-related rotations such as chronic pain, academic medicine rotation, and transition to anesthesia. At the end of the clinical base year, residents have the opportunity to be paired with more senior residents to smoothly transition into the anesthesia years of residency.

Resident Diversity Initiative

In conjunction with the UNC School of Medicine’s new strategic plan, Forward Together, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within the institution, Dr. Kimberley Nichols was appointed as the first Diversity Liaison for the Department of Anesthesiology in July 2019.

Dr. Nichols’ many accomplishments to date include:

  • forming a departmental DEI Committee
  • organizing Grand Rounds and other seminars related to DEI topics
  • cultivating an inclusive environment within the department
  • disseminating information regarding upcoming DEI trainings and workshops
  • encouraging participation in UNC SOM Pipeline programs
  • increasing departmental diversity amongst all roles
  • collaborating with other Diversity Liaisons across departments
  • overseeing DEI initiatives for recruitment and retention
  • meeting regularly with the Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to provide updates about the department’s success in advancing the mission

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Anesthesiology actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success. We understand that an equitable and safe multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural environment produces innovative thinking, research, and learning. We seek to provide an environment for learning and working where differences are valued, and each person in the department is supported and offered an equitable opportunity to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Resident Wellness

Resident WellnessOur Departmental Wellness Committee was founded in 2015 and is composed of faculty, residents, CRNAs, and support staff. The purpose of the committee is to promote the physical and emotional health and well-being of all departmental members. Activities include:

  • Anesthesia Family Day, where new CA-1 residents invite their support people to learn firsthand about life as an anesthesia resident through simulation and hands-on experience
  • Annual class retreats
  • Regular events such as “Thank You Grams”, CrossFit classes, UNC sporting events, and community service activities
  • Wellness-related Grand Rounds

Resident Salary/Benefits

  • Resident salaries and the costs of health/dental insurance at UNC are listed on the Graduate Medical Education site.
  • For those residents who complete their PGY-1 (Clinical Base Year) at UNC, USMLE Step 3 exam fees are reimbursed by the department
  • iPad for use during residency
  • Resident training license renewal fee
  • Education fund for purchasing books, educational resources, and attending approved meetings
  • Travel Awards for residents who present original research at regional and national meetings
  • The ABA Written Exam fees (Basic and Advanced) are covered by the department for residents scoring > 30th percentile on the In-Training Examination
  • ASA Annual Membership dues
  • Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography board examination if passed during residency