Resident Life

As a resident in the U-M Anesthesiology program, you'll enjoy a variety of experiences that enrich and supplement your training.

We strive to facilitate a smooth transition into residency by encouraging a balanced approach to work and academic pursuits.

Day in the Life of a Resident

A typical day in the Adult Hospital, where students spend most of their CA-1 year, involves:

  • Reviewing cases the night before with your attending
  • Setting up your room at 6:00 a.m.
  • Morning Teaching Conference 6:30 - 7:00 a.m.
  • Beginning your first case at 7:30 a.m.
  • Finishing your day around 5 p.m. (if pre-call, then about 3 p.m.)

While at the Adult Hospital, residents generally take two or three overnight calls per month, with one call being a Saturday or Sunday. As a CA-1, a typical week involves pre-call Monday 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., call Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. through Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., pre-op Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and a regular day Friday 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

As a CA-2, you will have a similar schedule during your months at the Adult Hospital, with calls during the week and "back up" call during the weekends. During subspecialty months, you have protected time without as much call so that you may focus on your subspecialty rotation.

As a CA-3, your call day will start at 2:00 p.m. and is spent supervising CA-1's in the Operating Room, organizing the Operating Rooms at the end of the day, and leading emergency airways. If you are on call Saturday, you will get the preceding Friday off.

Living in Ann Arbor 

The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, a small cosmopolitan city in the southeast corner of Michigan, approximately one hour west of the greater Detroit metropolitan area and only a twenty minute drive from the Detroit Metropolitan International Airport. With a population of approximately 125,000, Ann Arbor combines the congenial atmosphere and ease of living of a small city with the wide range of cultural opportunities typically found in a much larger community. Interrelation of the University of Michigan campus and the city of Ann Arbor provides easy access to these activities and to an abundance of affordable and conveniently located housing. As a place to live, Ann Arbor regularly places within the top 20 communities in the country in national magazine ratings. 

The University of Michigan

The University of Michigan, chartered in 1817, has one of the most vibrant research communities in the United States, ranking second nationally in overall research expenditures and rated as one of the best public universities in the country (U.S. News and World Report). The Medical School, in particular, has ranked in the top ten schools nationally in NIH funding for nearly two decades. The student body is large and diverse. About 60 percent of the students are engaged in undergraduate studies and 40 percent are in graduate or professional schools. The 2,500-acre University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor is both integrated into the city and rich in natural settings. There is also a network of inspiring museums including the Exhibit Museums, featuring the Museum of Art, a Hall of Evolution, the Ruthven Planetarium, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the University Herbarium and the President Gerald R. Ford Museum. The intellectual, cultural and environmental components of the University of Michigan work together to provide a comfortable home to thousands of students, postdoctoral trainees, faculty and staff.


For more information, check out these sites for the latest on Ann Arbor news and events:

Resident Wellness

We provide our residents with a variety of department-sponsored activities throughout the year to promote a healthy work-life balance. Events tend to be once a month, and are highly enjoyed and anticipated. Some activities are team building, while others are for relaxing. Past resident outings include:

Intern Barbecue

This is where the incoming and outgoing intern years meet. This barbecue is in June at Dr. Emily People's (Internship Director) house. We enjoy a great catered meal, swimming, and good conversation.

8-9 Recruitment Dinners

Our residents are a big part of our recruitment. Not only are they a part of interviewing, tours, and chatting with the applicants in between interviews, but they are also invited to the recruitment dinners. 


Resident and Faculty Soccer and Kickball

The Hemoglobin Trotters kickball team plays during the summer. Athletic talent not required! Playing with the "Soccuroniums" is a great way to get exercise while hanging out with fellow anesthesia residents, staff, and CRNAs. The anesthesia department is generous enough to sponsor a team year round, which is especially nice in the winter. The games are on Sundays, so after intern year is over you can make most games. If you love soccer, getting to play with your friends so frequently is a real treat.  

Anesthesiology Holiday Party

Highly anticipated, and very well attended holiday party in the historical Michigan Union. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, string quartet and a DJ are provided, as this party does not end until 1 AM.  

University of Michigan Football Tailgate 

Catered tailgate at one of the University of Michigan's home games.

4th of July Party

Another catered party at Dr. Kevin Tremper's house. Food, friends, fireworks, pool and volleyball, as well as other activities. 

Additional Resident Wellness Resources

Thrive! Stress Management Program

It's not only about managing stress, it's about learning how to thrive! The MHealthy Thrive! Program is a comprehensive stress management and prevention program that aims to foster psychological well-being by energizing work climates, enhancing relationships, and maximizing personal strength. 

UMHS Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

As members of the UMHS community, we understand the challenges and joys of working in a health care system and the need for meaning, pleasure, and engagement in our lives. Whether you are concerned about your health, relationships, or work, we exist to serve you. We offer a wide range of personal and professional development services. 

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) provides support and assistance to University staff and faculty in resolving personal or work related concerns. Through a range of sensitive and innovative services, FASAP seeks to enhance the emotional health, well-being and job performance of members of the university community. By providing confidential and professional counseling, coaching, training, and consultation services to staff, faculty, retirees, benefit-eligible dependents and departments, FASAP helps individuals develop and foster strengths and resiliency to enhance their personal and professional lives.

MHealthy Fitness Center

MHealthy Fitness Center in Ann Arbor is a medically-based fitness center. Our highly-trained staff and non-judgmental atmosphere make this a safe and welcoming place for people of all ages, abilities and sizes to work out. Daily passes and three-, six-, and twelve-month memberships are available. 

Nutrition Resources

Several tools and links to help with your nutrition goals. 

HOA Connect

HOA Connect is primarily a volunteer organization that facilitates social opportunities for house officers and their families. While the HOA's mission is to support the membership in the workplace, supporting those special people in a house officer's life is also important. 

Exercise and Relaxation Classes

MHealthy Exercise and Relaxation Classes are a great way to get moving, get fit and relieve stress. More than 100 classes are available to U-M faculty, staff, students, and the general public at various locations on or near the University's Ann Arbor campus. 


As the university's health and well-being program, we provide programs and resources designed to help you be your best-physically, mentally, and emotionally. By creating a community of health at U-M, we can make our community a place where healthy living is welcomed and supported. 

Wellness Coaching

A FREE one on one coaching conversation available to undergraduate and graduate students. Wellness coaching is a holistic approach to examining how personal wellness interacts with one's values, goals, and motivations. Wellness coaching could be a good fit if you are considering changes to optimize your personal health and wellness, or looking to positively shift certain aspects of your life. 

Central Campus Recreation Building

Located just minutes from the Diag, the CCRB is the largest Recreational Sports facility. It features a wide array of equipment and amenities to suit a variety of fitness interests. 

Recreational Sports

Whether you've been working out for years of you're new to the gym world, it's our mission to be present and standing by, ready to offer instruction, advice or just a word of encouragement. Members get open access to our machines, weights, courts and pools in the comfort of a supportive environment. 

Department of Recreational Sports

The Department of Recreational Sports (Rec Sports) develops and conducts five major program areas that offer a variety of structure within which members of the U-M community may pursue athletic, fitness, and recreational interests. 

Athletics & Recreation

From its famous winged football helmet and maize-and-blue uniforms - one of the most recognizable icons in American sports - to its domination on the world stage in the Olympics, the University of Michigan intercollegiate athletics program has a long tradition of winning and a legacy of championship teams. 

Wolverine Wellness

We provide information and referrals, provide early intervention, collaborate and consult, influence policy, and advocate for health for the U-M campus community. Well-being infuses our work. 

The Wellness Zone

CAPS Wellness Zone is available for students on a drop-in basis and is located through our office at 3100 Michigan Union! We offer many wellness resources to help you manage stress, rest, and relax as you navigate your busy life as a student at U-M. 

Depression Center

Depression can be a difficult illness to understand, particularly since no two people experience it in the same way. As art of the Depression Center's mission to counteract stigma and prevent recurrences and progression, we provide clear, evidence-based information in a variety of formats to help people understand depression's causes, its symptoms, and prevention and treatment options. 


Trainees receive a competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical, dental, hospitality and pharmacy coverage
  • Life, disability and malpractice coverage
  • Four weeks paid vacation
  • Additional pay when required to work on holidays, including your birthday
  • Annual lump sum payment for retirement savings

UMHS residents are represented by the University of Michigan House Officers Association (HOA). The HOA is authorized by the State of Michigan to negotiate contracts with UMHS. Information regarding salaries and the above-mentioned benefits are detailed in the current contract. The current contract lists the following salary schedule:

House Officer Salary Schedule




Puerto Vallarta Conference

Each year, residents who present the best cases during weekly M&M conferences have the opportunity to attend the annual Updates in Anesthesiology Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico hosted by the department. This is an all-expense-paid trip that affords residents with the opportunity to present their cases to anesthesiologists around the world.

Visit our official Puerto Vallarta webpage here.