Anesthesiology Residency

Clinical Base

The first postgraduate year, classified as Categorical in the NRMP, includes rotations in internal medicine ( three months), general surgery and surgical subspecialties including ENT, Vascular and Transplant Surgery (two months total), emergency medicine (one month), surgical ICU (one month), cardiothoracic ICU (one month), pain medicine (one month) and OR anesthesia (one month). The other two months consist of a perioperative medicine experience included in your CA-1 to CA-2 year.


During three years of Clinical Anesthesia, residents assume increasing responsibility in the selection and administration of anesthesia and the pre- and post-operative care of patients for all types of surgical and obstetrical procedures. Nearly one quarter of all surgical procedures are performed on children; an active newborn transport service provides many challenging neonatal anesthesia cases. A reasonable amount of emergency and trauma anesthesia can also be expected with rotations both at UH and at MetroHealth Hospital’s Level 1 trauma center. 

The Department of Anesthesiology stresses residents’ active participation in the patient’s anesthetic and respiratory management. Early on in clinical rotations, residents work closely with an experienced anesthesiologist. Later, residents are expected formulate anesthetic plans and manage anesthetic problems independently, but faculty consultation is always available.

In the CA-I and CA-II years, the clinical education focuses on the pharmacology and physiology related to clinical problems. Rotations are in all fields of anesthesia including pediatrics, cardiothoracic, neurological surgery and obstetrics. The CA-III year is designed to broaden the resident’s experience. House officers may elect to work in specialized areas of clinical anesthesia, such as cardiothoracic, surgery, neurological surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopaedics (regional anesthesia) or pain management.

The department also offers ample opportunities in research, ranging through studies of ion transport, genetics, the mechanism of action of anesthetics, biogenic amine metabolism, cardiovascular physiology, pharmacology, and biomedical engineering application in anesthesiology.

Our Didactic Program

Great emphasis is placed on undergraduate and postgraduate education in the Department of Anesthesiology. Postgraduate education is coordinated through the Graduate School of Case Western Reserve University. Continuing series of lectures and discussion groups reinforce educational development. Wednesdays feature a 7:00 a.m Wednesday Anesthesia Conference during the fiscal year. A 4:15 p.m. Basic Science lecture is held for our CA-1 residents and on Wednesday’s at 4:15pm an Advanced Curriculum is held for our CA-2 and CA-3 residents. These conferences provide the opportunity for interactive problem solving and discussion between faculty, visiting scholars, resident physicians, and medical students. A monthly resident-driven journal club analyzes important and controversial subjects.

Postgraduate Year Annual Stipend

Residents are paid according to their level of training. The stipends, as of July 1, 2016:

Post Graduate Year Current
PGY 1 $54,175
PGY 2 $56,000
PGY 3 $57,835
PGY 4 $60,250
PGY 5 $62,200
PGY 6 $64,860
PGY 7 $66,740

The Application Process

Requests for information on the application process should be addressed to:
Christine Adamovich
Residency Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Case School of Medicine
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-5007
PH: 216-844-7335
Fax: 216-844-3781

The information expected to complete the ERAS application process includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Dean’s letter and medical school transcript
  • Three letters of reference
  • USMLE Parts I & II
  • Personal statement

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