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! Please contact us if you would like more information.

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.

Visiting Professors

UNC Anesthesiology supports an active Visiting Professor Program with other excellent programs around the country and the world. Just as our academic faculty members receive invitations to contribute to the educational programs at other institutions, we invite a number of visiting professors to visit our campus each year. Faculty members from other institutions provide a fresh perspective on anesthesiology issues.

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 for Residents, Faculty, and Staff. Additional subspecialty conferences help provide a depth of exposure to selected topics such as pediatric anesthesiology or pain medicine.

ABA Board preparation sessions are held each Tuesday morning. The CA-1 didactic sessions are specifically devoted to the Basic ABA Examination, while the CA-2 and CA-3 sessions are delivered on a two-year cycle focusing on topics for the Advanced ABA Examination. We employ active learning techniques for most of our educational sessions so as to promote maximal resident engagement and thereby higher retention.

Oral Board preparation begins early in residency training with monthly, interactive conferences with our departmental Chair Dr. Zvara (an experienced senior board examiner) reviewing a variety of topics. Residents participate in practice oral examinations twice each year with faculty members providing constructive feedback. We have several faculty members who are ABA Oral Board examiners and serve as invaluable educational resources to our residents. Finally, CA-3 residents participate in a dedicated oral board review series to culminate in their preparation.

Journal Clubs

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

The Journal Club program is split into two sections: 1. Introductory sessions – geared towards new residents and concentrating on research methodology and manuscript preparation and 2. Advanced sessions geared toward discussing landmark articles in anesthesiology and research studies conducted by members of our department.

Journal Clubs are scheduled quarterly with faculty members from our dedicated research division and various anesthesiology subspecialties. Further, we regularly sponsor the “Triangle Lecture Series” in the cardiothoracic, liver transplant, and regional anesthesia fields with other residency programs in the area. Meetings are held at various local restaurants, where resident presentations are followed by robust group discussions.

Other Resources

All of our clinical anesthesia residents receive iPads upon entering the program. The residents have ready access to intradepartmental, campus-wide and Internet computer facilities to assist with literature searches, research activities, lecture presentations, and self-paced programmed education. Our library maintains an up-to-date collection of computer-assisted interactive educational software programs.

The newly redesigned library also includes computer workstations with online training software. The library is available for the department use only and is always open for study and research.

The Health Sciences Library is located in close proximity to the UNC Hospital’s complex offering high-end technology options, group study spaces, and a coffee shop. Electronic journals and books and databases such as PubMed, CINAHL, ISI Citation Databases, BIOSIS, PsychINFO, eFacts, and Lexi-Comp are available anywhere on campus. Faculty, staff, and students can access almost all electronic resources from home.

Unique Educational Experiences

Sample Rotation Schedule

Clinical-Based Year

Residents who match into the categorical positions will complete a clinical based year where they will rotate through various medicine, surgical, and pediatric specialties as summarized above. Our interns work with outstanding faculty in each of these departments and are incorporated into the various services as a member of the team. Additionally, we include up to three months of anesthesia-related rotations including chronic pain, the academic medicine rotation, and transition to anesthesia.

The Academic Medicine Rotation focuses on non-clinical aspects of medical training. It includes expert talks on leadership, professionalism, teaching, and scientific presentation. Each intern will learn the process and complete a small quality improvement project and present their results in a symposium in front of the entire department.

At the end of the clinical-based 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. Nichols was appointed the first Diversity Liaison for the Department of Anesthesiology in July 2019. Since starting in this role, Dr. Nichols has been tasked with, among other duties, 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, and 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.

Policies that promote such an environment are integrated into all department activities; Specifically:

  • Recruitment and retention policies and practices that create and maintain a professional environment staff, that is representative of a diverse community.
  • Academic programs, services, and professional development that create an environment that promotes equitable and inclusive success, as well as including services that promote the health and well-being of all members of the department.

Resident Wellness

We have had a Departmental Wellness Committee since 2015 composed of representatives from each of the Wellness Subcommittees including faculty members, residents, CRNAs, and support staff. The purpose of these committees is to promote the physical and emotional health and well-being of all departmental members. The Resident Wellness Subcommittee is completely resident run.

UNC School of Medicine is a leader in Physician Well-being. The institution provides resources such as the Taking Care of Our Own Program, Integrated Emotional Support Program, Peer Support Program, and the Mayo Clinic Well-Being Index.

Our Department is also a leader on this front

  • We have 2-3 Grand Rounds each year focused on well-being related topics.
  • Our department created the Family Anesthesia Program. Each year our new CA-1 residents invite their family members and friends to participate and learn about life as an anesthesia resident and while gaining hands-on simulated experience to some of the procedures we regularly perform.
  • The department goes one step further in its commitment to Resident Wellness by sponsoring an annual class retreat. Each class is provided with both funding and a selected weekend free from clinical duties to relax, recharge, and enjoy time together.
  • In addition, the department hosts regular events such as “Thank You Grams” delivered to your mailbox, CrossFit classes, UNC sporting events, and organized ways to give back to our community.

Resident Salary/Benefits

Resident salaries at UNC are listed on the Graduate Medical Education site

Costs of health/dental insurance at UNC are listed here on the Graduate Medical Education site

For those residents that do their PGY-1 (Clinical Base Year) at UNC, fees for the USMLE Step 3 exam are reimbursed by the department

All residents receive an I-Pad when starting the CA-1 year for use during residency

All residents are given access to a $2,000 education fund for use during their residency for purchasing books, educational resources, and attending approved meetings.

For residents presenting original research, case reports, or other projects at regional and national meetings, Travel Awards up to $1,000 are available for each meeting.

The American Board of Anesthesia (ABA) Written Exam fees (Basic and Advanced exams) are covered by the department for those residents scoring above the 30th percentile on their In-training Examination.

The annual resident training license renewal fee is covered by the department.

American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual membership dues is 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.