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 visit our medical students pages.


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.  If you’re interested in learning more about applying to our residency program, visit our residency webpages or contact our GME Program Manager, Sam Rentsch, at [email protected].


The Department of Anesthesiology offers several fellowship training opportunities. Each fellowship is directed by faculty members who are leaders in their sub-specialty. Learn more about the fellowships we offer. 


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.

Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist

The Department of Anesthesiology hosts students for clinical anesthesia experience amongst four Michigan Medicine locations located in southeast Michigan (University and Mott Hospitals, Brighton Center for Specialty Care, East Ann Arbor Surgical Center and Kellogg Eye Center). As a graduate nurse anesthesia student, you will be assigned a CRNA teacher to work with while you rotate to each location. Please take advantage of the variety of surgical procedures and anesthetic techniques unique to each site.