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Education

Our department is proud to sponsor training programs for medical students, residents and fellows. The strengths of our programs include the challenging and diverse training environments and talented faculty who are committed to teaching. For UCSF medical students, we offer a core clerkship that provides a rich understanding of perioperative care. Both UCSF and visiting students can participate in elective rotations that provide experiences in subspecialties of anesthesia. The anesthesia residency is among the largest in the country, is ranked the top program in the country by US News / Doximity, and has a well-earned reputation for producing outstanding clinicians who have become leaders in the field. As the health care environment has become progressively more complex, we have developed fellowship programs that foster development of advanced skills in specialized areas of clinical care, research, and teaching. You can help us invest in the next generation of anesthesiology leaders.

Click here to make a gift to the Mark Rosen Educational Endowment in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

Research

The specialty of anesthesia has never been more complex as anesthesiologists stretch their critical role in the treatment of serious perioperative health issues for diverse patient populations. Our department has long been an international leader in driving the research that ultimately improves the quality of patient care. You can help us to advance scientific discovery and innovation in clinically-relevant areas related to anesthesia, perioperative medicine, pain management and critical care medicine, and to train and develop physicians and scientists pursuing careers that involve basic, translational, and/or clinical research on topics related to these broad areas.

Click here to make a gift to the Bill Young Research Endowment in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

Patient Care

Since our Department’s inception in 1958, we have been leaders in providing cutting edge, safe, and effective evidence-based anesthesia, critical, and analgesic care for both adult and pediatric patients. Clinical breakthroughs from our Department have included the first 3-function blood gas analyzer, discovery of central chemoreceptors, description of minimum alveolar concentration (MAC), the first description of coagulopathy associated with massive transfusion, the first demonstration of CPAP for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, and more. You can help us invest in innovative ways to continue to advance health and elevate the patient experience, whether in the preoperative, perioperative, post-operative, or outpatient setting.

Click here to make a gift to the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

Global Health

For the past 25 years, the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care has supported numerous global health initiatives, including longstanding partnerships with Global Partners in Anesthesia and Surgery, the Center for Global Surgical Studies, and Operation Rainbow. These programs have focused on multidisciplinary research, education and policy efforts that aim to improve equitable access to quality surgical, anesthesia, and pain services worldwide. In 2006 it was estimated that 11% of the global burden of disease could be treated by surgical intervention with a larger but uncertain proportion of disease burden treatable with pain and palliative care services. Only recently have data become available demonstrating that inadequate access to surgical and anesthesia services is a much larger problem than initially predicted, and one that can no longer be ignored. You can help advance health worldwide by supporting projects focusing on health equity both domestically and internationally, as well as anesthesia trainees and faculty both at UCSF and at partnering institutions around the world.

Click here to make a gift to the Division of Global Health Equity in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

 

Pain Medicine

The Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care is continuing to develop our understanding of the mechanisms driving acute and chronic pain.  As our understanding of these mechanisms develops, so too are the number of options available to effectively treat painful conditions. However, effective pain management is not simply applying all possible therapeutic choices at once, but rather establishing a diagnosis through expert evaluation, providing evidence–based treatment options and allowing for meaningful follow up to ensure patient safety, improved function, and quality of life. In the majority of cases, such effective pain management utilizes a multimodal analgesic plan and an integrated team approach, including experts from the fields of anesthesia, interventional pain medicine, neurology, physical therapy, psychiatry and psychology, complementary and integrative medicine, addiction medicine, orthopedics, nursing, and more. The Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF is actively pursuing solutions to our national opioid epidemic, while developing innovative pain care pathways to ensure continuity of pain management from inpatient to outpatient for both children and adult patients. You can help us to advance pain medicine by supporting the integration of clinical pain care, education and research.

Click here to make a gift to the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.