Educational Offerings

Educational Offerings

The Department of Anesthesiology has educational opportunities for medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as continuing education events for professional anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.


Our four year residency program comprises 58 interns and residents.  Each year, we interview over 100 applicants to admit a class of 10 into our transitional (internship) year.  An additional 6 residents complete an internship elsewhere before coming to the University of Virginia for a three year program.

Edward Nemergut, our Program Director, has been on the faculty of the University of Virginia since 2002.  In 2005, he was appointed as Associate Program Director, and he has been Program Director since 2007. He is the Resident General Medical Education section editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Dr. Nemergut and Robert Thiele, one of our residents, developed OpenAnesthesia with the intention of promoting evidence-based medicine in the disciplines of anesthesiology,  critical care, and pain management. The site is designed to be a multimodal  educational toolkit for medical students, residents, and practitioners, with  different pages targeted to different audiences.


The Department has an accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine and unaccredited fellowships in Regional Anesthesia and in Anesthesia Education.  The Pain Medicine fellowship, under the direction of Lynn Kohan, is a one year program with 5 fellows.  The pain fellowship is part of the Office of Graduate Medical Education, and fellows are employees of the Housestaff. Our unaccredited fellowships are offered as faculty positions. Typically, the fellow is assigned to general OR cases one day per week and devotes 4 days to the fellowship. Our fellows are employees of the UVA School of Medicine and hold the rank of Instructor.

The Regional fellowship, under the direction of Ashley Shilling, has one or two openings annually for a one-year position.  A one year  Fellowship in Simulation Education and Research is offered under the direct supervision of Dr. Keith Littlewood, Assistant Dean, Clinical Skills Education, Co-Director, Medical Simulation Center, Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Anesthesiology. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Shilling or Dr. Littlewood directly about these opportunities.

Medical Students

Third year medical students participate in the two week Peri-operative and acute care medicine rotation.  The Anesthesiology portion of the rotation is directed by Ashley Shilling.  Fourth year students may participate in the Anesthesiology elective for a maximum of four weeks, under the direction of Mohamed Tiouririne.

Continuing Medical Education

The Department hosts a biennial continuing medical education conference in odd-numbered years.  The 2013 conference was held May 10-11, 2013, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville.  Lynda T. Wells is the course director for this year's symposium, Patients and Providers:  Managing Outcomes in Anesthesiology.

The Medical Simulation Center, under the direction of Keith Littlewood, offers full-day simulation workshops which fulfill the American Board of Anesthesiology requirements for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA).

The Regional Anesthesia Group offers a one- to two-day observational preceptorship for practicing clinicians at our outpatient surgical facility. Please contact Lee White for more information.