The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) has trained resident physicians in anesthesiology for over five decades. Our educational goal is to train physicians who, upon completion of the residency, are superb clinical anesthesiologists who easily achieve board certification in our specialty. Anesthesiology training is based on progressive clinical responsibility with careful supervision to maintain patient safety and resident support. The caseload of our Level 1 trauma center provides a broad-based clinical experience.
First Class Curriculum
Anesthesiology training at UTGSM begins with a one-month long indoctrination. This allows for a gradual introduction to our specialty and allows our faculty to select cases ideally suited to each beginning resident. Residents then start basic rotations in clinical anesthesia before moving on to more advanced rotations and electives.
Didactic activities occur daily in the anesthesiology residency training program at UTGSM. Weekly academic activities include separate CA1 and CA2 core lecture series, mock oral examinations, case conference/grand rounds, and written board review. In addition, individual anesthesia simulator training, problem-based learning discussions, an objective structured clinical examination utilizing the difficult airway algorithm, Chairman's Conference, CA-3 transition to practice seminar sessions and journal club at one of our area restaurants add great value to our educational activities.
Numerous improvements to the program have occurred in the past several years which have further increased the excellent training our residents receive. Indeed, our faculty are very proud of the ongoing research activities and publications at UTGSM. Our residents have the opportunities to work closely with faculty dedicated first and foremost to clinical care and resident education. In addition, we are fortunate to work in one of the most collegial working environments in the United States.
Quality of Life in Beautiful East Tennessee
Both our residents and faculty have talents and interests in areas outside of the hospital environment. When clinical duties are concluded, our faculty and residents are often found wake boarding on our beautiful lakes or mountain biking over the "whoop-de-doo" single-track trails of the Smokies.
Knoxville and the surrounding areas offer numerous recreational activities which includes golf, tennis, boating, hiking, rock climbing and most importantly, college football. The excitement emanating from 108,000 orange-clad fans screaming their support of the Tennessee Volunteers is truly contagious.
Graduates of our training program are confident, experienced and truly ready for whatever challenges they encounter in our field of medicine. Many continue their training in fellowships at other institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center or Virginia Mason. The rest enter private practice in the Southeast or scattered across the United States. Since the majority of the surgical staff at UTGSM are physicians in private practice, our graduates are uniquely prepared to make the transition from residency training to private practice.
If you are interested in obtaining superb anesthesiology training among exceptional colleagues, please consider our Residency as part of your anesthesiology experience.