Message from the Vice Chair for Education

Dawn Dillman

The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University is excited to offer education for all levels of learners in a welcoming, beautiful environment. GME training programs include traditional and innovative Oregon Scholars residency and fellowships in cardiovascular anesthesiology, critical care medicine, pain medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and regional anesthesia. All ACGME certified programs have been approved for the maximum duration of time. Medical students, SRNAs, residents from other programs and paramedics all learn under our direction as well.

We are blessed with many national leaders in education on faculty, including the creator and lead editor of the Anesthesia Toolbox, American Board of Anesthesiology examiners and question writers, members of Review Committees for the ACGME, and the president of the Association for Anesthesiology Program Administration, and the current DIO who oversees residencies at OHSU. We have an education manager with a doctorate in education to help inform our education programs. We have leveraged our expertise to innovate education, including creating the first combined program for residency and fellowship training in the country, as well as other exciting programs. Our faculty and staff are exceptionally friendly, and we strive to create a supportive environment for learners.

We have also grown a strong research division which has excellent NIH funded faculty in both basic science and clinical research. Laboratory facilities include 11,300 square feet of research and office space in the Hatfield Research Center (HRC), theMedical Research Building (MRB) and Multnomah Pavilion. Our program was the 19th most NIH funded anesthesiology program in the country last year.

OHSU is the only academic hospital in Oregon, and a quaternary referral center for complex patients in the region. OHSU has multiple hospitals on campus, including the main hospital which houses 25 ORs, 3 L&D ORs, 4 cath labs, 2GI labs, and 77 adult ICU beds with our faculty staffing the CardioVascular and Neuro ICUs. The Portland VA is connected to the main hospital by a sky bridge and houses one of the top 5 busiest VAs for surgical volume, including an active ICU staffed by anesthesiologists. Doernbecher Children's Hospital, which is also connected to the main hospital by a sky bridge, houses 9 ORs, a 20 bed PICU and 46 bed Neonatal ICU, and an active sedation service. The Casey Eye Institute which houses 4 ORs, is also attached to the main hospital by a tunnel. The Center for Health &Healing which currently houses 5 ORs with an additional 9 slated to open February 2019, as well as a beautiful, multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Clinic is accessible by aerial tram. In addition to our OHSU campus hospitals, we have paired with the local Kaiser hospital to provide additional training in cardiac anesthesia in a community setting.  Also within walking distance is a state of the art simulation center boasting outstanding opportunities for resident, fellow and faculty MOCA training. 

We welcome you to explore the offerings and encourage you to apply!


Dawn Dillman, MD

Professor, Vice Chair for Education