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 such a unique place for your training.
Since its establishment in 1952, the Department of Anesthesiology has practiced 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 a first year resident 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 unique to our program and will 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. The majority of your training will take place at Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of New York, adjacent hospitals in Northern Manhattan with world-class reputations for innovative patient care. Senior residents may also choose to complete elective rotations at other institutions in the US or abroad. 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.
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 echocardiography 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 are held daily for CA1 residents during the 1:1 month and then occur once a week from 4-5pm for the duration of training. Topics 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 every spring in place of Grand Rounds. Throughout the year, Thursday morning Grand Rounds consist of presentations by distinguished departmental faculty and internationally recognized guest lecturers as well as Morbidity and Mortality presentations by residents and fellows.
Our facilities are also undergoing the construction of an extensive simulation center for departmental use that will employ state of the art technology in a high fidelity environment. Residents are also given protected simulation and ultrasound time throughout residency for continued skills assessment and improvement.
The participation of residents in clinical and basic science research is thoroughly supported by the department and is facilitated by Dr. Charles Emala, Vice Chair for Research. Throughout the year, residents present at and attend various research meetings such as IARS, ASA, ASRA, SPA and SEA. Applicants with a particular interest in research may apply for the Virginia Apgar Scholars Program, an integrated 6 year program that provides residents time for research and fellowship under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The department also has a robust NIH T32 training grant program for residents.
Life in New York City
One of the best and most unique aspects of training at Columbia is its location in New York City. As a New Yorker, you’ll have access to some of the best food, culture, parks, and nightlife in the United States. You’ll also have the opportunity to care for a highly diverse group of patients from all over the world. Our hospital is located in northern Manhattan, and is easily accessible from all 5 boroughs, New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester County by subway, car, and bike.
Thank you again for considering our program. We look forward to meeting you at one of our interview sessions. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Namrata Khimani, MD
Robert Kong, MD
Angela C. Lee, MD
Jacob Schaff, MD
Chief Residents, 2014-2015