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Chief Residents' Letter

 Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at Riverside University Health System! Established in 2000, our program constantly strives to provide a cultivating learning environment for residents, medical students, and postgraduate anesthesia rotators, whilst offering excellent services to the hospital. As resident physicians, we have the opportunity to work with a largely underserved patient population, many with multiple, complex co-morbidities. With twelve operating rooms, we are exposed to a variety of cases, including gynecologic, neurologic, obstetrics, ophthalmologic, orthopedics, otolaryngologic, pediatrics, regional, urologic, and vascular surgery. As a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center we respond to an array of emergencies, including traumas, such as gunshot wounds and motor vehicle accidents, difficult airways, and code blues!

Anesthesiology residents at RUHS graduate with the confidence and leadership skills necessary to be successful in whatever realm they choose to continue in, whether it is academics, private practice, or fellowship. For the past years, our program has been preparing for the merger between the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) into one accrediting body. For our Interns, we have developed a year involving rotations on the following services: Anesthesia, Family Medicine, Medicine, Medical ICU, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Spine, Surgery, and Surgical ICU. During our second year, residents begin their obstetrics training, are exposed to a formal night float program, and introduced to acute and chronic pain management. We are fortunate to spend six months of our CA-2 (PGY-3) year rotating at some of the best hospitals in the country, specifically Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles for cardiac and pediatric anesthesiology, respectively. Our final year of residency emphasizes a leadership role in which senior residents engage in regional anesthesia and takes an active role as a “junior attending”, solidifying techniques and preparing for opportunities that await them after graduation.

Residents are expected to not only perform their best on a clinical level, but on an academic level as well. Each month, of the academic year, is prepared carefully with a specific topic and is introduced via daily lectures, grand rounds, crisis management scenarios, and audio digests to help prepare residents for monthly exams, annual in-training exams, and the all-important board exams following residency. Every resident is also involved in multiple research projects, and many have already presented their work on a national stage. In addition to this thorough clinical and academic training, our Program Chair integrates a Professionalism course that prepares residents with financial management in private or academic practice, contract review, marketing techniques, and preparation for interviews. This well-rounded education has helped our residents obtain competitive fellowship positions at major academic institutions and/or the job of their choice in the location they prefer most.

Medical students rotating at our hospital can expect an exciting and challenging rotation. We encourage students to study before and throughout their rotation in order to play an active role in carrying out a thorough anesthetic plan. Students are expected to facilitate the pre-operative evaluation of patients, and will gain experience managing airways and placing IVs. Students who are not interested in pursuing a residency position in anesthesiology are encouraged to rotate as well to gain a better understanding of the perioperative patient. Students may also participate in a research rotation, where they will work with various faculty members on existing research projects with opportunities to be published or present at national conferences.

With the introduction of a new health care program by our government, the future of anesthesia will change. The anticipation of universal health care gives us the opportunity to create a “perioperative home” that extends the crucial role of an anesthesiologist to outside the operating room. As residents of the Department of Anesthesiology at Riverside University Health System, we are excited about the future and look forward to further signs of growth and development. We thank you for your interest in our program and invite you to learn more as we work to fulfill our mission of helping shape the changing field of anesthesia and creating a “perioperative home” to the patients of Riverside County. 

Chief Residents
Department of Anesthesiology
Riverside University Health System - Medical Center