Anesthesiology Residency

Emily Peoples, MD
Emily Peoples, M.D., Program Director

Welcome to the University of Michigan Anesthesiology Residency Program. Since 1958, the program has one of the largest alumni bases in the nation now practicing in a full range of successful careers. Led by Director Emily Peoples, M.D., we offer 27 categorical positions annually in our four-year ACGME accredited training program. 

With a diverse patient population from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds and exposure to a range of complex cases and innovative procedures, our anesthesiology residency program is among the best in the nation. It is the ideal training experience for those physicians interested in academics, private practice, and/or future medical leaders, providing exposure to uncommon medical procedures, nine in-house fellowship programs, and advanced anesthetics.

Residents have the opportunity to work alongside our prestigious faculty and interact with many interdisciplinary collaborative teams throughout our community.

Program Aims:

  1. To create a learning environment that encourages curiosity and innovation that fosters residents developing the necessary skills for continued growth past graduation and instills a sense of life-long learning.
  2. To help residents create a professional identity within Anesthesiology. Providing a foundation and broad educational experience to prepare them for clinical practice in the rapidly changing healthcare field.
  3. To emphasize wellness as a core foundation for professional satisfaction and fulfillment and to provide experiences for residents to develop resiliency, skills, and the utilization of tools to be used throughout their careers.
  4. To consciously improve diversity among faculty, residents, and staff; providing imperative education as a foundation of who we are as a department and leaders.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Where We Stand

The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

We realize we must both acknowledge and speak out against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias in our environments in our institutions, communities, and society. Not only is it the right thing to do but it is critically important that we in the GME community prioritize holistic and unbiased recruitment and selection of our applicants in order to ensure a diverse workforce and medical community.

"Diversity enriches our institution and our department. It makes us better teachers, better researchers, better doctors. We will continue striving to create an equitable and inclusive environment where all feel valued and respected." — Matthew Wixson, M.D., Associate Chair for Diversity

What We Are Doing

Programmatic and departmental leadership are required to attend the Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) workshop. Additionally, all faculty and staff in our program are continually engaged in education surrounding unconscious bias and bystander training, while various applicable health disparity/health equity grand rounds are presented quarterly to faculty and residents. In addition, anesthesiology residents have opportunities to get involved with the House Officer Diversity Network and the Office for Health Equality and Inclusion, as well as Raising Anesthesiology Diversity & Anti-Racism (RADAR), a national initiative lead by the Department of Anesthesiology.

Lastly, we are committed to having hard conversations and to finding the time to allow trainees to participate in events and activities that matter to them and us; supporting diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Racial Injustice Resources


Combating burnout and improving physician wellness is vital to long-term success in the field of medicine. Our program takes this seriously, providing education, mental health resources, and various social events throughout the year focused on different wellness competencies.

In addition to the program's Fatigue Policy, which helps to identify signs of fatigue, resources are available to help cope with stress and fatigue; the conversations about the importance of mental health and available resources to trainees start during orientation. We have also implemented opt-out counseling appointments with Dr. Kelcey Stratton, Ph.D., mid-way through a resident’s intern year.

Our lecture series includes Dr. Stratton, the Resiliency and Well-Being Services program manager, and a variety of didactics on Physician Suicide/Mental Health Awareness. The program also partners with appropriate parties to provide resiliency and debriefing sessions over the course of their training during select SIM sessions.

Additional Wellness Highlights

  • All trainees are entitled to a paid subscription to headspace, an app to help build healthy habits, practice mindfulness, and provide guided meditation
  • Four weeks of vacation time
  • Dedicated sick leave
  • Work-life balance and wellness are included within our program aims to give wellness a place within our program that future generations in medicine will want to emulate

Learn more: House Officer Well-Being Resources


The department provides excellent didactic programming consisting of several components. Tutorials are scheduled weekly for each clinical year. Additional didactics include multiple simulation sessions, hands-on workshops including difficult airway management, and sub-specialty conferences. We also provide multiple mock oral examinations and a robust visiting professor program throughout the academic year.

In accordance with the department's commitment to education and dedication to remain at the forefront of medicine, anesthesiology interns and residents attend simulation-based educational sessions throughout their four years of training. We are continually adding new courses and uses of simulation in medical education. View the full list of simulation courses available to anesthesiology trainees.

Intern Year

Intern year is comprised of a comprehensive, robust curriculum focusing on critical care medicine, surgical and medical specialties, emergency medicine, pain medicine, and research. Learn more about our intern year.

CA1-CA3 Years

The CA1-CA3 years include didactic instruction utilizing tutorials, simulation and case-based discussion, keywords, journal clubs and workshops. Each resident is assigned a faculty mentor, who provides advice, suggestions, consultation, and tracks their progress as the resident progresses through the program. Residents are also enrolled in the anesthesia knowledge examination series, the annual American Board of Anesthesiology in-training examination and participate in mock oral examinations and observed structured clinical examinations in preparation for the American Board of Anesthesiology applied examination.

Each resident receives a training program schedule that includes all of the specialty rotations unique to the clinical year. No two schedules are alike, and the resident is able to track their progress as they proceed through these experiences. Anesthesiology is a case log specialty and case-specific experiences are required by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Residents track their experiences by entering cases into the ACGME Case Log System. Beginning with our comprehensive Clinical Base Year (CBY) program, our curriculum facilitates a balance between clinical hands-on training and didactic instruction.

Learn more about Clinical Care Settings and Rotation Structure.

Additional Training

We endorse the following sponsored programs available for application by our residents:

International health: 

We also support and sponsor anesthesiology residents selected for admission to the following programs offered at Michigan Medicine or within our department:

Our Faculty & Residents

95% of our faculty in the Michigan Medicine Department of Anesthesiology are involved in educating our residents. View the complete list of our faculty.

Our residents receive in-depth training in all facets of anesthesiology with our commitment to provide an exceptional residency experience. Please click on the links below to see a full list of our residents.

House Officer Benefits

Michigan Medicine residents are represented by the University of Michigan House Officers Association. Our residents earn a competitive salary and benefits package. Learn more.

How to Apply

Applicants interested in our categorical positions apply through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS). Following review of their completed application, individuals are selected through the National Resident Match Program for an interview. We will conduct all interviews virtually for Match 2023.

Learn more about our application process.

Contact Us

Samuel Rentsch

Program Manager

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Our residents gain clinical experience in general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation and local anesthesia in a variety of settings. Learn more.