Letter from the chief:


Dear Applicant,

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the residency program in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (APOM) at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). In choosing to pursue a career in the field of anesthesiology, you have made a wonderful decision, and I have no doubt that wherever you train, you will be prepared for a long and rewarding career. I'd like to tell you a few things about our program here, and why I think it is among the top residency programs in the nation.

OHSU APOM has a long history as one of the premier academic anesthesia departments in the US. We are a relatively small program (12 residents in each class) operating within the confines of the OHSU Hospital, Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH), and the Portland Veterans' Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC), all of which are conveniently located atop Marquam Hill in southwest Portland. As residents, we are given the opportunity to participate in a high volume of complex cases from the very beginning of our training. The education of our residents is a top priority for the department, and owing to our large and diverse case volume, the most educationally rich cases are handpicked each day and are always assigned to residents.

We have ample opportunity to explore the subspecialties in anesthesiology, with special rotations in obstetric, regional, pediatric, and cardiothoracic anesthesia, along with critical care and pain medicine rotations, beginning midway through CA-1 year. This gives our residents early exposure to a wide breadth of cases and allows them to make a timely decision about whether they'd like to pursue fellowship training following residency. Each year, OHSU APOM sends graduates both to desirable private practices as well as into positions at the top academic fellowship programs in every subspecialty all across the nation. When you join our department, you join a loyal and connected family of faculty and residency graduates.

The APOM faculty are our program's greatest asset, and collectively represent hundreds of years of clinical experience from a huge variety of practice settings all over the country and the world. Many have experience in private practice and can provide a unique educational perspective, while many others are fellowship trained and respected as experts in their subspecialties. Our department is also academically prolific with dozens of publications made by a brilliant group of clinician-researchers each year.

Supporting our clinical learning is a robust curriculum of formal didactic teaching, including weekly lectures tailored to a resident's level of training as well as near-weekly oral board prep sessions for all residents hosted by our faculty leadership.

As an institution, OHSU is a great place to complete residency training. The university is exceedingly supportive of its residents and fellows with extensive resources in place for trainee wellness, and there are active roles available on committees such as the House Officers' Association and the Graduate Medical Education Committee for those who would like to get involved in that way.

For those interested in our categorical residency positions, rest assured that our Clinical Base Year includes a well-rounded mix of internal medicine, general surgery, critical care, and anesthesia rotations that will prepare you to begin your formal anesthesia training as a PGY-2. The intern educational curriculum covers topics relevant to your role as a new physician while also preparing you to begin your journey into a career in anesthesia and integrating you into our department from the first day you set foot on campus.

OHSU is located near the heart of Portland, Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. An amazing and eminently livable city, it features everything from quaint and quiet neighborhoods with backyards and ample street parking to a vibrant downtown nightlife, all navigable via an outstanding public transit system and, my preference, an extensive network of bike lanes and protected cycling paths. The city boasts countless delicious restaurants and food trucks, an ever-expanding collection of microbreweries, renowned museums, year-round professional sporting events, and many parks for hiking, cycling, or just relaxing. A short drive from Portland brings skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Hood, hiking at Mt. St. Helens, visits to spectacular Oregon and Washington wine country, exploring in the Columbia River Gorge, and clamming, sailing, and surfing at the beautiful Oregon coast. Seattle, Washington, another jewel city in the Pacific Northwest, is an easy car or train ride to the north.

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a career in anesthesiology. I wish you luck on your path into residency, and hope that your interest in OHSU APOM continues. I look forward to hearing from you and hope to meet you here in person for an interview!

Best wishes, 

Max Barron
MD Chief Resident
OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine