Letter from the chief:

Wick, Richard_15_ website

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM) and thank you for your interest in our program!  Choosing the correct residency program can be as challenging as it is exciting and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) matches that enthusiasm by training some of the most esteemed perioperative consultants in the country.  OHSU is truly a place that embodies its motto by demonstrating where learning, teaching, and discovery come together on a daily basis. 

At OHSU, a wide variety of anesthetics are performed and our residents are quickly integrated into complex and challenging cases early in their CA-1 year.  OHSU serves as a level-1 trauma center and is a major site for regional transplantation completing roughly 100 renal transplants, 20 heart transplants, and 50 liver transplants per year.  Beginning in the CA-1 year, our residents are immersed in pediatric, cardiothoracic, obstetric, pain, ICU, and regional anesthesia subspecialties.  This allows early exposure to these diverse patient populations and helps cultivate any growing interest in a particular field.  Adding to the varied styles of anesthesia practice are the arenas in which these cases are performed.  Our residents rotate through Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Veteran Affairs Hospital, OHSU Pain Clinic, South OR (our main OR), and two ambulatory centers.  These are all connected through bridges and our aerial tram to easily accommodate attendance to academic meetings – all while getting the benefit of "off-site" training and exposure to different styles of practice.

OHSU provides ample opportunities outside of the operating room for academic pursuits related to anesthesia. We have nationally renowned researchers eager to foster resident research ideas and help obtain NIH funding.  The ASPIRE curriculum allows residents to delve deeper into areas of interest such as TEE/TTE, regional anesthesia with cadaver dissections, and traveling abroad via the Humanitarian Overseas Physician Education (H.O.P.E.) program. Within this last year, members of the department traveled to Peru, Guatemala, India, and Ethiopia to serve those in need.  Moreover, leaders within the APOM department are dedicated to always innovating the educational experience at OHSU. This is evident through training sessions at the new state-of-the-art simulation center, as well as continued feedback from residents and faculty members to improve structured didactics.

Another attribute that makes OHSU so special is its location within the beautiful city of Portland.  It's nearly impossible to run out of exciting activities that are literally minutes away from the city center.  The Oregon Coast allows for a quick day-trip or a relaxing weekend getaway just two hours away.  Mt. Bachelor, in central Oregon, is a popular winter destination for skiing and Mt. Hood provides access to the slopes roughly one hour from the steps of OHSU's campus.  The beautiful Columbia River Gorge offers wineries, waterfalls, camping, countless hiking trails, and world-renowned windsurfing!  Avid sports fans are spoiled with the Portland Trail Blazers, Winterhawks hockey club, Thorns women's soccer, and the beloved Timbers MLS team who provide one of the most exciting sporting event experiences in the Northwest.  Nearby in-state rivals, University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State University Beavers, provide year-round collegiate sport action.  In addition to all of these activities, the city has numerous festivals and events including Brewfest, concerts, theater, restaurant promotions, boat races, and weekly Farmer's Markets in the summer.

Above all else, the program at OHSU is a result of dedicated individuals throughout the entire organization who continually strive to improve healthcare and residency education as a whole.  We have an outstanding collection of faculty, residents, surgeons, nurses, and anesthesia technicians who work collegially and in partnership to provide the best patient care in the Northwest.  All of these components of OHSU are what make me proud to serve as the 2015-2016 Chief Resident and feel confident entering practice as a competent, compassionate, and respected leader within the field of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

Thank you for your interest in our program and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Richard Wick, MD
Chief Resident
OHSU Department of Anesthesiology