Letter From the Chief

Kyle Robinson

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to the OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM). I appreciate your interest in our residency program and look forward to highlighting the unique elements of the OHSU training experience. As you prepare to enter this great field of medicine, let me underscore a few reasons why you should consider OHSU as the next step in your journey to becoming an anesthesiologist!

OHSU offers an exciting mix of challenging, high-acuity cases, and high-turnover surgeries that will prepare you to confidently care for any patient. Our training takes place at OHSU Hospital, OHSU Ambulatory Center for Health and Healing, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Portland VA - one of the highest acuity VA hospitals in the country. 

These diverse, valuable experiences take place on a single campus all connected by sky-bridges and an iconic aerial tram. While our training sites are conveniently centralized, OHSU stands as the major academic center in Oregon serving a far-reaching geographical area. We care for patients throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, northern California, and beyond. 

Whether residents are pursuing fellowship, research, an academic career or transitioning into private practice, we are committed to training outstanding clinicians with a passion for lifelong learning and professional citizenship. Over the last 10 years, approximately 50% of our residents from each graduating class choose to pursue fellowship training, where we consistently match into highly competitive programs around the country.

OHSU offers anesthesiology fellowships in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Regional Anesthesia. The Oregon Scholars Program (OSP) is a 5-year integrated training track offered to 3 residents per class. The OSP-Critical Care Medicine (CCM) track integrates a critical care fellowship into the last 2 years of anesthesia training. We are also one of the few institutions where a standard critical care fellowship year will count as one of the two years required for a Neurological ICU fellowship. The OSP-Research track incorporates 18 months of a funded, mentored research fellowship in the last 2.5 years of training. The majority of our past OSP-Research trainees have been awarded grants from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). Please read the Critical Care Track and Research track Chief letters if you are interested in matching into the OSP track.

Our residents are the greatest strength of our program. We are a medium-sized program with 13 residents per class, allowing for a personalized educational and training experience. The number of residents is kept intentionally low to facilitate early exposure to subspecialty rotations and individualized clinical and non-clinical pursuits as resident anesthesiologists. It’s no surprise that the vast majority of our residents participate in twice the number of ACGME required cases.

Outside of the operating room, residents engage in a weekly, half-day didactics including class-specific lectures, TEE training, POCUS and simulation. Residents have the opportunity to engage in didactics specific to their long-term career goals through the faculty-led Extracurricular Education & Leadership (ExCEL) program and are supported in leadership pursuits throughout the institution and on a national stage. As a result, our residents are known, appreciated and recognized outside of the operating room for our research, innovation, advocacy, global health and community involvement. 

We attract residents from all over the country and are trained by a dedicated clinical faculty from equally diverse training backgrounds. Moreover, we firmly value diversity in all forms and celebrate what our residents bring as individuals and contribute to the APOM community. Please visit our Center for Diversity and Inclusion to learn about our strong commitment, and look through our resident and faculty profiles to read about our richly diverse social, ethnic, and professional backgrounds. 

Resident well-being is strongly emphasized in our program and we offer a wealth of resources to support this mission. All interns are assigned to one of three colleges - Rogue, Santiam, Deschutes - which provides infrastructure for immediate vertical integration and mentorship with the more senior residents. Additionally, Monday mornings are set aside for weekly, half-day intern didactics and regular Chief and Program Director meetings to provide valuable resident training and incorporation into the APOM family. A highlight that all of our trainees look forward to is our annual 3-day retreat for CA-1s to Mt. Hood to relax and enjoy the snow together.

Although our clinical workload can be robust, there is a lot of life to enjoy outside the hospital here in the Pacific Northwest. OHSU is just a short drive from year-round skiing, beach combing along the Oregon coast, hiking throughout the Columbia Gorge, and much more. Spend your days off cheering on the Trail Blazers and Timbers, taking in the renowned food scene across the city, and enjoying all the cultural and local entertainment Portland has to offer. 

Visit OHSU Resident Faculty Wellness program to learn more about institutional resources available to our trainees.

I wish you the very best in your pursuit of a future in anesthesiology. I feel fortunate to be a resident anesthesiologist and member of the OHSU APOM community. I hope that you will come and see for yourself what makes this program special and consider joining one of the top residency experiences in the country.

D. Kyle Robinson, M.D.
Chief Resident, 2020-2021
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University