Education and Training Programs

Our training programs offer residents and trainees the opportunity to learn in diverse clinical services while being taught by leaders in the field of anesthesiology.

The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to training future leaders in the field. Under our guidance, our trainees develop skills that equip them to both meet and exceed the highest standards of patient care and research. The following training programs are offered through the department:

Medical Students

Our department provides medical students with a comprehensive clinical experience within the field of anesthesiology. We encourage active learning through required reading, frequent tutorials and small group discussions. Students also observe and take part in the care of patients. For more information, please see:

Anesthesiology Student Interest Group 

Our Anesthesiology Interest Group (ASIG) is a medical student organization designed to expose students to the field of anesthesiology. To allow early exposure to anesthesia and networking, students have the opportunity to shadow anesthesia residents in the operating rooms as well as meet with anesthesia chiefs throughout their M1 through M4 years. The group also offers monthly educational events and a yearly informational meeting at the Chair's home, where faculty members discuss fellowship opportunities. Visit the ASIG website here. 

For more information on the medical student education program, please contact Vu WIlley at vuwilley@med.umich.edu or 734-232-6128 or Brian Woodcock, M.D., Director of Medical Student Education at bwudcock@med.umich.edu.

Residency

We are proud to facilitate a collegial atmosphere in our residency program that enables our trainees to learn and practice in a sociable and supportive environment.  The depth and breadth of the resident training experience is illustrated through our comprehensive curriculum that includes didactic and clinical hands-on experience.  We are proud and honored to equip the most exemplary residents into skilled anesthesiologists and encourage you to read more in our Message from the Director. If you’re interested in learning more about applying to our residency program, see the below resources or contact our residency program director, Pam Mulholland at pammu@med.umich.edu.

Click here to download Residency Program brochure

Fellowships

The Department of Anesthesiology offers several fellowship training opportunities. Each fellowship is directed by faculty members who are leaders in their sub-specialty. To learn more about our fellowships, click on the links below:

MOCA

The Maintenance of Certification for Anesthesiology (MOCA) through U-M Anesthesiology fulfills MOCA re-certification for ABA diplomates. Please refer to our MOCA webpage for additional information. 

Other Learners

The Department of Anesthesiology provides formal education for residents, interns and fellows. In addition, we provide supplementary educational support for paramedic students, dental residents and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) students.

Paramedic Students

Paramedic students rotate through University Hospital ORs to learn intubations on adults. The program requires five witnessed, successful intubations. Prior to this hands-on experience, students practice intubations on mannequins. Students can also practice other airway maneuvers including bag-mask ventilation, placement of LMAs, and use of other airway devices. Although it is possible to complete five intubations in one eight-hour day, it is frequently necessary to come for a second day. Still, students are encouraged to complete more that the minimum number of intubations.

Dental Residents

Dental residents are affiliated with the University of Michigan Dental School and are in the midst of a year of post-DDS training, which focuses on hospital-based patients. Residents rotate four weeks on the anesthesia service after having completed six months of their residency. These residents are treated like medical students during the month on anesthesia and are assigned to rooms where they are paired with an anesthesia resident or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Overall, residents focus on airway management and use of anesthetic drugs.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Students

The U-M Health System accepts seven CRNA student rotators each month, five of which will work at the main University Hospital and two of which will work at Mott Children's Hospital. 

  • CRNA - Mott: Each month, Mott Children's Hospital accepts two CRNA students to rotate. Students work directly with our CRNA staff. Current students seeking information regarding expectations, schedules and more should contact co-coordinators Emily MacNeil at emacneil@med.umich.edu and/or Kirsten Thulin at kthulin@med.umich.edu.
  • CRNA - UH: Each month, the main hospital accepts up to five students to rotate. Students are assigned a mentor CRNA for the duration of the experience. Current students seeking information regarding expectations, schedules and more should contact Administrative Assistant, Michelle Tripp at marra@med.umich.edu or 734-936-4211.