Chief Resident Message

Chief Residents
A Letter of Welcome

Welcome to the website for the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care! We are delighted that you've decided to learn more about our residency program and want to thank you for your interest. We also want to share what makes UCSF Anesthesia such a great place to train and why we believe UCSF offers one of the top residency experiences in the country.

Our former Chair, the prolific Dr. Ronald Miller, is known for saying that "the status quo is unacceptable" at UCSF. The program is immensely proud of the rich history of innovation in anesthesia and continues to build on its storied past, striving to educate, innovate, and lead in the field of anesthesia. Now under the guidance of our current Chair, Dr. Michael Gropper, the UCSF Department of Anesthesia continues to support the training and development of the future leaders of anesthesiology.

The clinical experience offered at UCSF is simply unparalleled. For our categorical residents, it begins with the integrated Clinical Base Year, where interns rotate through several exceptional departments at UCSF, including Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, and Critical Care. The Clinical Anesthesia years (CA-1, 2, and 3) are structured to provide our residents with exposure to all types of cases, elective and emergent, and to the various patient populations across San Francisco. Our residents train at eight distinct clinical sites, each offering a unique dimension to their residency training. Whether you are doing a liver transplant at Moffitt-Long Hospital, caring for a trauma victim at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, honing your regional anesthesia skills at our Orthopaedic Institute, or providing anesthesia for open-heart surgery at the VA hospital, you will be exposed to an unbelievable depth and breadth of experience comparable to few other training programs. The ability to train at a variety of sites and care for diverse patient populations is a true strength of our program; this experience has helped us become adaptable and comfortable providing excellent care in any situation or environment.

Our faculty members are another huge strength of our residency program. In addition to being international leaders in the field of anesthesia, authors of numerous journals and textbooks, and excellent clinicians, our faculty is deeply committed to creating a welcoming training environment for residents. Our faculty members strive to develop not only our skills as a master clinician, but also to encourage intellectual and professional growth to make us valuable consultants in the field of anesthesia. 

An added bonus of coming to train at UCSF is the ability to live and work in San Francisco, one of the world's premier cities. You will find that our "city by the bay" offers an endless variety of food, culture, entertainment, and panoramic views unparalleled by almost any other city in the world. Your weekends off can be spent exploring our distinctive neighborhoods on foot or on a bike. A short drive can take you surfing in Santa Cruz or hiking the Marin Headlands. You can also go wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valley, and a slightly longer drive will allow you to explore Lake Tahoe or Yosemite National Park (and countless places in-between). We have found that living in such an amazing place enhances our lives outside of residency and allows us to fully relax and ENJOY our days away from work.

Whether your ultimate career goals include private practice, pursuing fellowship training, or research in academics, you will be supported and well-prepared for whichever path you may choose. 

Thank you once again for your interest in our program and we look forward to hearing from you during this year's application process. Please do not hesitate to contact us; we look forward to meeting you this interview season and we are excited to answer any questions you may have about our program, our recruitment process, or living in or moving to San Francisco!

Abigail Howard
Wilson Ly
MacGregor Hodgson
Chief Residents 2022-2023