The Residency Years
Residents work closely with a diverse, talented, and internationally-recruited faculty with expertise in the clinical, teaching and research domains. Each faculty member has something unique to impart as a teacher and mentor. Relationships with faculty are warm and friendly. Faculty treat residents with respect, providing increasing levels of autonomy appropriate to level of experience. Residents work primarily with faculty who have received outstanding teaching evaluations.
The operating rooms of all the major hospitals have a lively and congenial feel where anesthesia residents can develop great rapport with all those who work there, including the surgical staff, nursing staff, anesthesia technicians, biomedical engineering personnel, service coordinators, custodial personnel, unit secretaries, and patient care assistants. This culture extends outside the operating room as well. You will see people jump at the chance to help each other out and you will notice staff members of all types taking great pride in their patient care.
During the clinical anesthesia years, there are multiple opportunities to provide anesthesia outside of the operating room, such as the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs, neuroangiography and interventional radiology, MRI, and GI suites. At San Francisco General Hospital, anesthesia residents play a critical role in acute trauma airway and hemodynamic management in the emergency department and the operating room as part of the Trauma team. In fact, the wide variety of patient populations and surgical procedures that UCSF anesthesia residents encounter at the four major clinical sites provides a depth and breadth of clinical experience that is unparalleled.
While UCSF residents work as hard as they would at other academic residency programs, they are blessed with some of the best surroundings outside of work: a beautiful, dynamic, progressive city--one of the most diverse in the world-- with more than its share of culture and nightlife. San Francisco is surrounded by pristine coastline, redwood forests, mountains, with temperate weather all year-round. Residents have ample time outside of work to enjoy it all.