Letter from the chief:
Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (APOM) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) residency website. Anesthesiology is a fantastic specialty that gives us the privilege of caring for patients from all walks of life, often in their most vulnerable moments. Choosing the right residency to prepare you for a rich professional life ahead is no small task. While it is likely true that you will get good training wherever you go, I'd like to share with you what makes our residency program one of the best.
The Clinical Experience
Patients come first at OHSU, and the APOM residency program provides a strong clinical experience as the foundation of our education. We are a relatively small residency within a large and busy academic medical center. Our size allows us the flexibility of assigning residents to the most educational cases with dedicated faculty mentors. This model facilitates outstanding clinical education and supports progressive responsibility for residents as we gain experience. Our residents rotate in subspecialty practice such as cardiac, obstetric, pain, pediatric, and regional anesthesia starting CA-1 year, after completing introductory training in basic anesthesia. These experiences expand residents' clinical skills while also providing exposure to allow consideration for fellowship training early on. We also benefit from developing our skills in several distinct practice settings including Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Hospital, OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center, two ambulatory surgery centers, and optional rotations at Kaiser Permanente. With the exception of Kaiser, all of our clinical sites are connected to OHSU via either sky bridges or the aerial tram, which gives us diverse training without complicated commutes!
The APOM Family
When it comes to training environment, OHSU is one of the most collegial and friendly academic hospitals in the nation. Our residents feel supported by a diverse faculty, staff, and resident "family" who genuinely care about each other and enjoy working together, and with our surgical colleagues. Our APOM faculty, nearly all of whom trained at top residency programs throughout the country, come from varied backgrounds including community practice, fellowship-trained, and research-focused careers. With this breadth of experience, our residents easily find faculty mentorship for any career path they choose. Our department also actively assists residents in their transition to practice or fellowship training. We have a robust alumni network that residents can access in their career searches, as well as faculty members who can provide guidance and support in our residents' job searches.
A Focus on Didactics
We are proud of APOM's dedication to improving the clinical and didactic experiences of our residents. Our curriculum has evolved incorporating resident and faculty input during our annual education retreats, annual program reviews, and resident feedback from our electronic evaluation system. The innovative APOM Academy brings interns to CA3s together for education in safety and quality improvement, case-based learning, and social events. High-fidelity simulation at the new state-of-the-art simulation center is another highlight of our formal curriculum. Other exciting opportunities include the ASPIRE program which covers, in-depth, topics such as echocardiography and regional anesthesia with cadaver dissections. New this year, an entire half-day a week is devoted to educational experiences of our interns, ranging from central line training to bedside ultrasound to interactive lectures on basic anesthesia. This helps interns care for patients on the ward, prepares them for the OR, and gives them a head start on BASIC exam preparation.
Research and Community Service
At OHSU, resident education extends beyond the bedside and classroom. APOM strongly supports and encourages resident-driven scholarly pursuits and community service. Our nationally renowned investigators excel at mentoring residents interested in clinical, educational, transitional, and basic research. To serve those in need, there are opportunities to travel abroad with our Humanitarian Overseas Physician Education program or volunteer in food-drives, run/walks for a cause, and other local community service projects arranged by our department.
No matter where you go, residency training requires a significant time investment. Our location in the heart of vibrant Portland in the beautiful Northwest is key to being able to unwind and recharge on your days off. The Rose City boasts fantastic restaurants, microbrews and distilleries, museums, outdoor markets, public gardens, boat races, hiking trails, concerts, and unique festivals to name a few. Sports fans are spoiled with the Portland Trail Blazers, Winterhawks, and the beloved Timbers. Easy day trips include the shores of the beautiful Oregon coast, the ski slopes of Mt. Hood, or the Columbia River Gorge for camping, wineries, and world-renowned windsurfing. Slightly further away we enjoy escapes to the high-desert of Bend, OR and Mt. Bachelor for both summer and winter outdoor activities. Once here, folks rarely want to leave this desirable locale.
APOM cares about the success of our graduates. Each year, we survey our alum to ask how well residency prepared them for careers in both community and academic practice. Year after year, the resounding reply is that our training at OHSU is second to none. Our graduates feel extremely well prepared for careers after residency. I think it's no surprise that many residents say they can't imagine having trained anywhere else.
With that, I want to thank you for your interest in our program and I look forward to hearing from you!
Chief Resident - OHSU Department of Anesthesiology