Program Director Welcome

duduch_1bWelcome to the University of Massachusetts Anesthesiology Residency Program. Please take some time to review the program and department information presented throughout this website. We have included information about our faculty, our curriculum and clinical experience, the  application process, contact information, and most importantly, our residents. I hope that this information is useful for you and guides you, as you undertake the complex, and sometimes overwhelming, task of determining the residency program that is the right fit for you.

How to find the “right fit”

The answer is complex because of the various factors that go into selecting a program – social, geographical, educational, and sometimes financial considerations all play a large role. Each of you will view these factors at varying levels of importance. What you should look for, however, is a program that emphasizes your complete development as a consultant anesthesiologist.

Clinical Experience

Not surprisingly, many incoming residents are uncertain as to the type of practice they would like to enter. That is why it is vitally important that you find a residency program which provides exposure to the many areas of practice that our field offers. We are fortunate in that our residents receive a tremendously varied experience within our three campus locations, all within a few miles of each other. The University campus offers exposure to cases of significant complexity, while the case mix at the Memorial campus provides tremendous experience in the management of more ‘bread and butter’ cases commonly seen in a large metropolitan hospital. As an example, a resident would care for patients undergoing elective total joint replacements or oncologic surgery at Memorial, while managing patients with complex orthopedic trauma or oncologic surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass back-up or hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy at the University campus. Our Hahnemann campus offers residents the opportunity to be immersed in a very busy ambulatory surgery setting, gaining valuable experience in the unique nature of an ambulatory O.R., while also becoming proficient in regional anesthesia techniques.

Our senior level residents have additional unique opportunities. We have recently added office-based anesthesia experiences for plastic surgery procedures. In addition, senior level residents are given the opportunity to do an elective rotation at our Marlboro Hospital affiliate, a small community hospital with four Operating Rooms and community-based surgeons.

We view your education as a partnership and work with you to help you develop the skills necessary for your future, whether it means pursuit of a fellowship or a permanent position. Whether it is your two week rotation as the Anesthesiologist-in-Charge, making decisions and managing the daily challenges of a very complex operating room schedule and staff, or an elective with our TEE cardiologists learning the nuances of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, we offer you the opportunity to grow beyond the stereotypical “O.R. anesthesiologist”.

Education

We combine intraoperative teaching with a very strong didactic program.

Beyond
Our residents are given the opportunity, and take full advantage of, departmental support as they pursue academic ventures. Residents at all levels are encouraged to present posters, submit medically challenging case reports, and author papers. They present at local, national and international meetings, including the New England Anesthesia Resident Conference, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Society for Airway Management. We have had residents serve in the Resident Component of American Society of Anesthesiologists as elected officers. These experiences provide tremendous growth and experience, and a stepping stone toward academic practice or fellowship.

Our Residents
We are extremely proud of our residents. Many of our graduates have settled into practice in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, providing a great resource to our graduates. We also have a strong network of alumni, across the nation, in both private and academic practices, on which our residents can rely when seeking employment or fellowship opportunities. For our residents interested in fellowships, we have had residents continue their training in competitive programs all over the country.

We graduate residents who are clinically experienced and academically sound professionals, who are appropriately confident in their abilities and knowledge to act as true consultants in anesthesiology. I hope that you consider the University of Massachusetts as a potential “right fit” for you, and look forward to meeting with you.