Letter from the chief:

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Dear Applicant,

You are at an exciting point in your career, thank you for considering the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (APOM) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) as part of your education! Having been in your shoes a few years ago and now being on the doorstep to the next phase in my career, I can accurately portray the experience you will have in our program.

You will graduate from OHSU a true perioperative physician with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform at a high level. OHSU is a  level 1 trauma center. While training here you will gain the skills needed to manage critical cases. You will start out working in our general operating rooms (OR's), then move to the subspecialties of cardiac, OB, regional, pain medicine, ICU and pediatrics. You will meet and train with world-class experts in each of these subspecialties. In addition, you will rotate at multiple clinical sites throughout your training to gains skills working with diverse patient groups including the VA, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the main OHSU operating rooms, and our two ambulatory centers.

What makes APOM special is the department faculty and staff, and the education you will get inside and outside of the OR. Aside from phenomenal clinical education, our education leadership works hard to provide programs that improve knowledge to perform well on the new written board exam sequence. You are also able to participate in programs that focus on particular interest areas. We provide unique education programs such as ASPIRE, opportunities to serve abroad, simulation sessions at our brand new, state-of-the-art simulation center, and a systematic didactic series. There are also many opportunities to participate in research, with national, well-known researchers. There is truly a resident education focus throughout the department, with strong support from our department leadership.

Not to be overlooked is living in Portland! Yes, residents do have a life outside of the hospital. There are virtually endless indoor and outdoor activities for you to enjoy. We are approx 1.5 hours from the ocean, 1 hour from great snow skiing on Mt. Hood, and close to a plethora of beautiful hiking/running trails. There are also lakes and rivers to fish, as well many great camping sites (our residents have made camping trips a tradition). If the city life is more your thing there are fantastic restaurants, food trucks, breweries, concerts, and sporting events (including the NBA Trailblazers and the beloved Timbers MLS team).

Again, thank you for your interest in our program. I know there are many factors that go into your decision for training. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Chris Aldrich, MD
Chief Resident
OHSU Department of Anesthesiology