General Program Information

General Program Information

The University of Virginia is consistently rated among the best public institutions in the country, achieving national stature for its teaching, research, and public service without sacrificing the intimacy that characterizes Jefferson's Academical Village. The Department of Anesthesiology at the UVA Health System strives to help residents develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders through training in all aspects of the specialty. The training fully satisfies the requirements of the American Board of Anesthesiology for residency training in anesthesiology and for fellowship training in pain medicine. The work environment is trustful and caring, and the location is scenic and provides a high quality of life.

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In the operating rooms, the resident and faculty staff are supplemented by a small group of nurse anesthetists whose assistance permits latitude in selection of cases for the residents and ensures them time for performing more complex procedures and for consultations, rounds, and study.

A freestanding Outpatient Surgery Center gives residents ample experience in a private-practice-like setting. We have an active obstetrical service which cares for a significant percentage of high-risk patients.  Patients with chronic and acute pain are served through our multi-disciplinary Pain Management Center and our Acute Pain Service, designated by the American Pain Society as a Center of Excellence.


Opportunities for the fourth year (CA3) exist in both the advanced clinical track and the subspecialty tracks, as dictated by the needs of the resident and the department's clinical program. The department possesses first-rate clinical expertise in all aspects of anesthesia care and can thereby provide this training at an advanced level. The precise content will reflect the interest and career photo3.pnggoals of the resident and her/his progress made to date as assessed by the faculty. Research opportunities exist in a variety of areas for selected residents whose career goals dictate the clinical scientist track. All residents making satisfactory progress may expect to complete the fourth year residency requirement at the University of Virginia in one of the Board's approved tracks.

The surgical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neurosurgical intensive care units are staffed and/or directed by faculty members in anesthesiology as well as other specialties. Anesthesiology and other residents function as a single ICU service. A full range of teaching rounds and conferences as well as daily x-ray rounds are held. Additional critical care education may include cardiovascular, cardiothoracic surgery, and medical ICUs.


As a resident in Anesthesiology, you are a member of the Medical Center Housestaff.  For information about salary, benefits, policies, and practices, visit the UVA Graduate Medical Education Office. In addition to a salary which allows a comfortable standard of living, the full benefits package includes vacation, insurance (health, life, disability and liability), scrubs, meals while on night call, an on-site exercise room, and a $600 supplement which may be used to offset the cost of parking.

Appointments to the Housestaff are made for one year.  Renewals are contingent on recommendation by the chair of the department


We intend to appoint both CA0 (intern) candidates and CA1 entrants through the National Resident Matching Program. Residents who enter the program directly from medical school will complete seven months of the required Clinical Base Year of the four year continuum in anesthesiology during the first year. This will include six months of medical, surgical, and emergency medicine services. A rotation in the surgical intensive care unit is done late in the first or early in the second year. The balance of the PGY-1 year is spent in the operating rooms and is credited toward the Clinical Anesthesia-1 year. Second year rotations in pediatric intensive care, cardiology, and other electives will complete the Base Year requirements of the Board. Those matched into the PGY-2 year will begin the three year Clinical Anesthesia sequence having already received Base Year Credit.

We have three weekly teaching conferences as well as periodic research seminars and journal clubs. Major teaching exercises occupy two hours on Wednesday morning when all services defer the start of surgery for conferences. Residents are relieved for afternoon conferences in order to assure their priority in attending. An active program of visiting professorships brings distinguished anesthesiologists to us on a regular basis.