chief residents welcome letter


Dear Applicants,

Welcome from the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital! 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 to train.

Since its establishment in 1952, the Department of Anesthesiology has been at the forefront of research and clinical anesthesiology. We have long produced pioneers in the field, from 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.

Clinical Experience
As a first year resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia, your training begins with an 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-NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York. 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 orientation month and then weekly for CA1s, CA2s, and CA3s from 4-5pm for the duration of residency. Topics range from professionalism and public speaking to advanced cardiac monitoring and management of the critically ill obstetric patient. CA1 residents give weekly lunchtime Chief Rounds lectures on anesthesia-related topics of their choice, supervised by a faculty mentor..

Mock Anesthesia Oral examinations occur on a 1:1 basis in the operating rooms, during the Obstetric Anesthesia rotation, and once 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.

The brand new, state-of-the-art Margaret Wood Center for Simulation and Education opened in October 2015.  The Center includes an operating room, a recovery room or ICU, a conference debriefing room, a standardized patient/task training room, and an anesthesia workroom.  It utilizes computer driven mannequins that have the capability to breathe, talk, and have a pulse.  Procedural trainers for point of care ultrasound, echocardiography, central line placement, and bronchoscopy are available, and there are audiovisual capabilities in all rooms including the main hallway.  Residents are given protected simulation and ultrasound time to use the sim center 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 aspects of training at Columbia is its location in New York City. As a New Yorker, you will have access to some of the best food, culture, parks, and nightlife in the United States. You will 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 accessible from all five 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.


Jerri Chen, MD, PhD 
Peter Fu, MD
Martin Pavelic, MD
Lauren Rosenberg, MD
Chief Residents, 2016-2017





Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology