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A Message from the Chief Residents

The Yale University Anesthesiology Department is a large and diverse group of clinicians and clinician-scientists united by their commitment to excellent clinical care, active research, and the education of future leaders in the field of anesthesiology.

As a clinical department within a research university, we support an intellectual, evidence-based approach to the art of anesthesiology.

One of our primary goals is to seek a diverse and cohesive group of people. Our residency program is composed of individuals from varied backgrounds, nationalities, experiences, and schools of thought. We think that this helps to provide an environment in which everyone feels they can learn.

Members of our department are equally committed to providing the best possible care to our patients, as well as their academic pursuits and working to further our field's body of scientific knowledge. As dedicated as we are to our work, we recognize that everyone - faculty, residents, and other staff - live full lives and have interests outside of the hospital. Yale supports a balanced approach to our academic pursuits, one that makes room for family, friends, and extracurricular interests.

With that in mind, the Yale University Anesthesiology Department has established many activities to help foster an environment conducive to professional and personal fulfillment. Our residents and faculty work together closely, becoming life-long colleagues and friends. We frequently dine together both on and off of the hospital campus. Our faculty are readily available and easily approachable. It is very easy to discuss cases, professional topics, and personal concerns, as well as genuinely connect with your attendings on a personal basis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in healthcare internationally over the past year. It has been an extraordinarily humbling time to be given the responsibility to care for patients. Our residents and attendings have been personally responsible for implementing new technology and protocols for the airway and critical care management of patients suffering from COVID-19. All hospital employees received a COVID Recognition Payment from the hospital in acknowledgement of our hard work. We felt tremendous support from our department and the hospital Graduate Medical Education Office with daily updates on our COVID case numbers and PPE status. Our own faculty worked tirelessly to ensure that we consistently had adequate numbers of quality PPE.

In addition to resident education and professional development, the faculty and chief residents are heavily invested in resident wellness, as we host several social events throughout the year. In a typical year, Department Chair Dr. Roberta Hines hosts a picnic to welcome our new residents to the department. Our residents get together outside the hospital for happy hours, BBQs, and recreational activities like boat tours, fishing and basketball. The annual Yale vs Harvard football game is also attended by a large group of residents. We host department funded social events every quarter throughout the year, and have an annual CRNA-Resident happy hour sponsored by the department. Finally, the academic year concludes with a graduation reception and dinner banquet to honor the graduating senior residents.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on these activities, we are hopeful that we can continue them in the future. Video conferencing software has offered residents a unique way to interact with each other, and we are all looking forward to hosting events together via these platforms to get to know applicants to the program over the interview season.

At the conclusion of a Yale Anesthesiology Residency, we can guarantee that you will have had every opportunity to become well-trained in the perioperative management of a wide variety of cases, including cardiac, vascular, thoracic, neurosurgery, obstetric, pediatric, and trauma. You will have received extensive training in heart, kidney, and liver transplant anesthesia. We have multiple locations to learn and practice neuraxial blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, and the management of acute and chronic pain. Our ICU experience is also exceptional with the management of critically ill patients in up to four of Yale-New Haven Hospital's different specialty ICUs. In short, you will be fully prepared to launch into a fellowship of your choice, begin your career as a clinical anesthesiologist or anesthesiologist scientist, and continue your journey towards advancing the field of anesthesiology.

We welcome anyone interested in our residency program to email us, and we would be happy to answer any and all questions.

Kari Davis, Eric Strand, and Tyler Underriner

Chief Residents 2020 – 2021

Department of Anesthesiology

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As you consider Yale Anesthesiology for education and training, perhaps you have a question about our program that isn’t answered on our web site. Would you like to talk with a resident, currently in training here at Yale, to get a first-hand perspective on life as a Yale resident?

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