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Chief Residents' Letter

Welcome to Riverside University Health System’s Department of Anesthesiology, located in Moreno Valley, California.  Our program, formerly known as the Department of Anesthesiology at Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC) was founded in 2000 as an Osteopathic residency and gained ACGME-accreditation in 2015 with the national unification of GME.

Our categorical program currently has 20 residents.  The relatively small size of our program allows residents plenty of hands-on patient-care experience.  Our program has a reputation for graduating strong residents who are well prepared to transition into practice as anesthesiologists; residents have gone on to practice in general anesthesia as well as a variety of subspecialties.

The majority of our training takes place at our home institution, Riverside University Health System Medical Center, which is a pediatric and adult Level 2 trauma institution. As a safety net hospital, trainees are exposed to a wide range of underserved and medically complicated pediatric and adult patients.  

As a categorical program, our interns spend their first year of residency at our home institution.  Intern year rotations include internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, perioperative home, utrasound, as well as rotations in the medical and surgical ICUs. Interns also have the opportunity to spend time in the operating room working alongside residents and attendings so they can have early hands-on experience in anesthesia.  

During the CA-1 year, residents learn the basics of general anesthesia.  Our residents complete rotations in OB anesthesia and neuroanesthesia, quickly becoming proficient and capable anesthesia providers. CA-2 year consists of rotations at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  These rotations allow us to take care of specialized patients in the pediatric and cardiac populations, respectively. Finally, our CA-3 year emphasizes development as leaders. Senior residents take an active role as a “junior attending,” managing the operating room schedule, attending to regional/pain consults, honing their anesthetic technique, as well as refining their teaching skills. 

In terms of didactics, each month focuses on a specific topic and is reinforced via daily lectures, grand rounds, crisis management simulations, and question banks to help prepare residents for exams throughout residency. Every resident also has the opportunity to be involved in research projects, and many have presented their work on a national stage. In addition to clinical and academic training, our Program Chair integrates a financial management and professionalism course that prepares residents for the business-side of anesthesia that every graduating anesthesiology resident will encounter. 

This well-rounded approach to training has helped our residents secure fellowship positions at top programs across the nation in the fields of critical care, cardiac anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and pain medicine. For those looking for private practice opportunities, our graduates are represented in competitive markets across the nation, with more than half of our alumni practicing in southern California. 

Outside of the hospital, we’re centrally located between larger cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego, and we’re less than an hour away from either the beach or the mountains. Whether it’s surfing, skiing, or exploring the newest restaurants, whatever adventures you’re looking to experience, they’re just a short drive away.

Our program gives its residents the tools they need to manage any case they may encounter, and in this tight-knit collegial residency, we’ll support you in whatever endeavor you may desire. Thank you for your interest in our residency and we look forward to meeting and working with you. 

2019-20 Chief Residents
Department of Anesthesiology
Riverside University Health System Medical Center