Letter From the Chief

Brain Tully

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to the OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM)! Thank you for your interest in our residency program. Our specialty is challenging, though rewarding, and I hope I can demonstrate how OHSU can help you on your journey to becoming an exceptional anesthesiologist.

OHSU offers an array of high-acuity, educational patient care experiences.

Our daily experiences range from high-turnover, outpatient surgeries to complex, medically challenging surgical cases such as liver transplants, cardiac procedures, and traumas. No two days offer the same educational experience. We care for patients at OHSU Hospital, the OHSU Center for Health and Healing ambulatory center, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and the VA Portland Health Care System. All of these buildings are connected by either skybridge or aerial tram, so the learning experience is mainly centered on one unified campus. We also spend a month off-site at Kaiser Sunnyside for a private practice cardiac anesthesiology rotation.

Resident education is at the forefront.

In addition to the complex patient population that provides exceptional clinical experience and learning, our program is committed to academic excellence and scholarly achievement. Interns have weekly, half-day lectures on Monday mornings for both intern-specific education and a curriculum geared toward transition to clinical anesthesia training. CA-1s through CA-3s participate in weekly didactics every Wednesday afternoon during our resident academic half-days (RAH). Topics covered during RAH include mock oral boards, resident-run ABA keyword presentations and quizzes, morbidity and mortality rounds, point-of-care ultrasound, class-specific resident lectures tailored to experience level, and monthly journal club. The Simulation Center offers state-of-the-art, realistic clinical scenarios in a safe, welcoming, and collaborative learning environment. Residents are also able to tailor their learning experience by engaging in the Extracurricular Education & Leadership (ExCEL) program that offers additional lectures in acupuncture, global health, research, education and training, career and financial planning, and advocacy.

Residents consistently obtain their desired careers after residency.

Whether you want to pursue fellowship, research, an academic career or private practice, APOM will work toward making that dream a reality. Our program’s graduates have been extremely successful obtaining jobs in both academic and private practice sectors in the location of their choosing. Approximately 50-75% of our graduating residents pursue fellowship training and have consistently matched in highly competitive programs around the country. Many choose to stay at OHSU, which offers fellowships in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Regional Anesthesia. APOM also offers the Oregon Scholars Program (OSP), a 5-year combined training track that integrates a critical care fellowship into the last 2 years of anesthesia training. The OSP-Research track includes an 18-month, funded, mentored research fellowship in the last 2.5 years of training. Many of the past OSP-Research trainees have been awarded grants from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER).

Portland, Oregon, has something for everyone.

Portland is a unique and lively city nestled in the Columbia River Gorge that offers a variety of attractions and activities for all ages, such as farmer’s markets, arts festivals, concerts, an opera house, and a theater that hosts traveling Broadway shows. It offers one of the trendiest restaurants and food cart scenes in the nation, countless craft breweries and independent coffee roasters on almost every corner. Portland is also home to many major and minor league sports teams including the Trail Blazers (men’s basketball), Timbers (men’s soccer), Thorns (women’s soccer), Winterhawks (men’s hockey), and Pickles (men’s baseball). During our free time, our residents often get out of the city to partake in the many activities offered from living in the Pacific Northwest, including exploring the coast, skiing the slopes on Mt. Hood, enjoying some wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, or hiking along the Columbia River Gorge – all within a short two-hour drive from the city we call home!

Our greatest strength – our residents.

In my opinion, you would be hard pressed to find a group of residents more dedicated to one another. Prior to COVID-19, barbecues, picnics, hikes, holiday parties, and indoor skydiving were just a few of the activities we enjoyed together – we hope to return to these as soon as possible.

I feel very fortunate to be a member of APOM at OHSU and hope that this information has provided you with a sampling of what makes our training program truly exceptional. I hope you consider OHSU when applying for residency programs.

Brian Tully, M.D.
Chief Resident, 2021-2022
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University