Letter From the Chief

Ruiz Barros Viviana

Dear Applicant,

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM) residency program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  By choosing anesthesiology, you are entering one of the most rewarding, fun, and curiosity-driven careers in medicine and we would love to be part of your journey! As Chief resident, I would like to share with you a few things that make OHSU a unique place to practice and learn.  

High patient complexity, and case diversity - all on one campus

We serve a geographically diverse area, including patients from Oregon, northwest Alaska, northern California, southern Idaho and beyond.  OHSU offers an exciting mix of challenging, high-acuity cases, and high-turnover ambulatory surgeries. Our learners also have the opportunity to rotate through one of the highest acuity VA hospitals in the country, offering liver transplants, as well as complex cardiac and vascular surgeries. Doernbecher Children’s hospital offers a mix of complex craniofacial, cardiac, neurosurgical, and ENT cases.  One advantage of our program is the proximity of these diverse training sites.  The VA hospital, Doernbecher Children’s hospital, and the OHSU ambulatory centers are all connected via sky-bridges or a picturesque short aerial tram ride.  

Focus on resident education and scholarship

Our program is committed to academic excellence. The residency classes are intentionally kept small (13) to ensure a highly educational clinical experience, with the vast majority of residents participating in twice the number of ACGME required cases.  In addition, residents engage in weekly didactics including class-specific lectures, TEE training, POCUS, and weekly grand rounds. Other educational activities include mock oral boards, simulation, and journal club.  Residents have the opportunity to engage in didactics specific to their long-term career goals through the faculty-led Extracurricular Education & Leadership (ExCEL) program, which offers pathways in Global Health, Research, Education and Training, Career and Financial Planning, and Acupuncture.  

Wellness and lifestyle in Portland

Although our clinical workload is robust, we value work-life balance. One of the primary benefits of training at OHSU is its location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where you can experience year-round skiing, beach combing along the gorgeous Oregon coast, hiking beside the Columbia Gorge waterfalls, wine tasting at Willamette Valley vineyards, and much more!  The city is home to many sports enthusiasts, including avid Blazers, Timbers, and Thorns fans in our residency. Culture is accessible and affordable in Portland - our art museum is free for exploration one day a month and all the galleries in the Pearl district are free on the First Thursday of each month. Our nationally recognized ballet, opera, and orchestra perform year-round and the theatres are hosts to classical performances, as well as to pop artists, authors, and political discourse.  Resident well-being is strongly emphasized in our program and we offer a wealth of resource to support this mission. Visit OHSU Resident Faculty Wellness program to learn more.

Emphasis on lifelong learning: fellowships and innovative residency tracks

Whether residents are pursuing an academic career or transitioning into private practice, we are committed to training outstanding clinicians with a passion for lifelong learning and professional advocacy. OHSU offers anesthesiology fellowships in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Regional Anesthesia. 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.  Our residents consistently match into highly competitive programs around the country.

The Oregon Scholars Program (OSP) is offered to 3 residents per class.  The OSP-Critical Care Medicine (CCM) track allows residents to participate in a 5-year program in which CCM is integrated throughout their training.  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.

Lastly, APOM holds diversity and inclusion as a core value. We firmly believe that diversity is powerful and that we all benefit from an inclusive environment that fosters tolerance and respect for individuality. We understand diversity comes in many forms. 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. We respect and honor different ideas and hope you feel welcome to our program.  

I feel extremely fortunate and proud to be part of the dedicated APOM community and hope you consider applying to our program. I wish you best of luck in your career aspirations and look forward to meeting you.

Viviana F. Ruiz Barros, MD
Chief Resident, 2019-2020
OHSU, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine