Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. We are pleased that you are considering our program and hope that the information on our website will give you a better sense of what makes Columbia unique.
Since its establishment as an independent department in 1952, the anesthesiology department at Columbia has continued to practice at the forefront of research and clinical anesthesiology. The department has long produced pioneers in the field, from the early visionaries such as Dr. Virginia Apgar and Dr. E.M Papper to the leaders of today. Since that time, graduates from our program have continued the Columbia tradition of scholarship and academic excellence, becoming department chairs, innovators and leaders in research at some of the most prestigious medical centers in the world.
As an intern in the department of anesthesiology at Columbia, your training begins with the innovative clinical base year under the guidance of Dr. Brian Egan. Rotations such as the surgical-anesthesia intensive care unit, transfusion medicine, ENT, transplant surgery, pediatric cardiology, and quality assurance are just some of the rotations during intern year that are truly unique to our program and will undoubtedly provide you with a strong foundation in medicine and surgery that is essential to your future career in anesthesiology.
During the clinical anesthesia years, you will rotate through all of the subspecialties, gaining the confidence and clinical skills necessary for the perioperative management of any patient that you may encounter in your future career. Perhaps the best part of being an anesthesiology resident at Columbia is being able to work with and learn from some of the brightest minds not only in anesthesiology but also in medicine and surgery. Under the guidance and clinical expertise of our faculty, we learn firsthand how to adapt and tailor our anesthetic techniques so that our surgical colleagues can continue to perform cutting edge surgical procedures.
Our Department prides itself on the well-established and integrated didactics that occur throughout our training and our faculty is committed to this protected time. Daily morning reports are an integral part of the Obstetric, Pediatric, Neurosurgical, Pain and General Anesthesia rotations. During the critical care rotations, bedside teaching rounds are complimented by multidisciplinary afternoon lectures. The innovative Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) during the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia rotation involves various transesophageal simulations, case scenarios, and clinical stations that expand upon the knowledge gained in the operating rooms. Journal clubs are also integrated within the various clinical rotations.
Class specific lectures occur once a week from 4-5pm and range from professionalism and public speaking to advanced cardiac monitoring and management of the critically ill obstetric patient. Dinner is provided by the department.
Weekly Chief Rounds during the noon lunch hour involve “key word” power point presentations by residents and their faculty mentors. Lunch is provided by the department.
Mock Anesthesia Oral examinations occur on a 1:1 basis in the operating rooms, during the Obstetric Anesthesia rotation, and culminate with a structured oral examination every spring. Thursday morning Grand Rounds with distinguished departmental faculty in addition to internationally recognized guest lecturers and “M&Ms” occur throughout the academic year.
The participation of residents in research is highly encouraged and thoroughly supported by the anesthesiology department. Throughout the year, residents present at and attend various research meetings such as IARS, ASA, ASRA, SPA and SEA.
Life in New York City
If all of the above great attributes listed above are not enough for you, how about working and living in the greatest city in the world! While New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center is located in northern Manhattan, our residents choose to live all over the 5 boroughs of New York City as well as across the river in New Jersey. There are few places on earth that have as many different activities to do as NYC. Enjoy some of the best food, entertainment, outdoor activities, cultural events, and famous landmarks in the world.
Thank you again for considering our program and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about our program.
Leon Freudzon, MD (email@example.com)
Chris Webb, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paul Weyker, MD (email@example.com)
Tom Yocum, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anesthesiology Chief Residents, 2012-2013