Anesthesiology Residency Program

The MedStar Health - Georgetown University Hospital Residency Program in Anesthesiology

Since 1956, the anesthesiology residency program at Georgetown University Hospital offers residents an outstanding blend of clinical experience, didactic instruction, and personal attention. It is a medium-sized academic program within a large, non-profit health care system that provides high quality perioperative care to patients of all genders, races, and socioeconomic status in the Washington, D.C. region. Georgetown residents are well prepared to excel as either community or academic consultant anesthesiologists. Residents train to become perioperative physicians who can handle the simplest cases to the most complex anesthetics and intensive care situations.

The residency program utilizes the breadth and depth of clinical experiences available at Georgetown and its affiliated hospitals (Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center). Residents build an educational portfolio that includes a high volume of subspecialty cases in cardiothoracic, neuro, obstetric, hepatobiliary, and transplant anesthesia. They provide care for patients undergoing advanced “fellow level” cases in a department which does not offer competing fellowship programs. The senior year is nearly completely elective, allowing residents to personalize their education through a variety of pathways.

Residents are taught by dedicated faculty who cultivate a supportive learning environment and who exemplify clinical excellence, professionalism, and life-long learning. The clinical experience is supplemented by a carefully designed didactic and simulation program where residents are both learners and teachers guided by experienced faculty. In the Jesuit manner of the institution, the program fosters a culture of cura personalis – placing value on the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of our patients and our physicians.

Mission

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will provide expert, compassionate care for each and all of our patients, advancing the tradition of Catholic health care and the Jesuit spirit of service to others. We are committed to promoting health and wellness through the delivery of the highest-quality education and first-class research.

  • We will commit to a culture of patient care by physicians and staff who are grounded in standards of bhavior, accountability and loyalty.
  • By attracting the best doctors, nurses and staff, we will ensure superior clinical outcomes in a safe environment, using innovative state-of-the-art procedures and technology.
  • We will provide a workplace of positive regard, mutual respect and open communication that empowers our employees to develop and excel and recognizes and rewards outstanding performance.
  • As part of a premier academic medical center, we will work to educate and mentor the next generation of health care professionals and leaders.
  • With Georgetown University, we will develop and support innovative research for the betterment of our patients and humankind.
  • Through careful financial stewardship based on sound business principles, we will assure our patients, physicians and employees of our continued fiscal strength.

Values

Knowledge: We believe that excellent patient care is contingent upon a strong knowledge base and innovative research.

Compassion: We will treat our patients and their families with kindness and empathy while attending to their physical and spiritual comfort.

Service to Others: We will strive to anticipate and meet the needs of our patients, physicians and co-workers.

Heritage: We pledge to continue and advance the tradition and ideals that flow from more than a century of excellence at Georgetown University Hospital. As a Catholic hospital, Georgetown University Hospital subscribes to the Ethical and Religious Directives as promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Trust: We are committed to open communication and mutual respect, engendering interdependence and confidence in each other.

Integrity: We will be honest, direct and just in our everyday interaction, respecting each other in a professional manner and protecting the confidentiality and privacy of our patients.

Sense of Team: We will endeavor to work together in an efficient and seamless manner, bridging divisions and disciplines, and continuously adapting to the changing health care environment.

Accountability: As physicians, management and staff, we will accept ownership and fully discharge the responsibilities of our respective positions.

 

Why train here

The Anesthesiology Training Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a unique one. We are a comfortably sized categorical residency-training program (40 residents total, 10 residents per PGY class) with a surplus of teaching cases in three major teaching hospitals.

Resident Didactics and Conference

  • PGY level based morning conference (CA-0/1 and CA-2/3) every weekday from 6:30-7:00 AM
  • Monthly POCUS workshops

Mind Body Medicine Program

At the start of CA-1 year, residents embark on a weekend-long retreat on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland, where they learn to practice meditation and mindfulness, focusing on relationship building, self-awareness, and stress reduction. Two faculty facilitators and each resident cohort meet monthly during protected non-clinical time for the remainder of the 3 year residency.

Curriculum 

Program Structure

The goal of the residency program of the Department of Anesthesiology is to train physicians to become both consultants in anesthesiology as well as diplomats of the American Board of Anesthesiology. It is a four-year categorical program organized in accordance with the American Board of Anesthesiology and the RRC of the ACGME. The current structure is:

PGY 1 & 2: Clinical Base Year and Basic Anesthesiology
PGY 3 & 4: Subspecialty and Advanced Anesthesiology

Throughout their training, residents are fully supervised by anesthesiology faculty and staff members. The faculty is composed of about 30 full- and part-time anesthesiologists whose subspecialty training includes fellowships or expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, neuro-anesthesia, pain management, and critical care medicine. During their training, residents continually reflect on their performance, seek feedback and guidance from faculty, and work towards improvement and eventual mastery. This cycle is the key to life-long learning and mastery of the skills necessary to become an independent consultant anesthesiologist.

Residents are assigned an individual clinical advisor to act as a mentor throughout the 3 years of Clinical Anesthesia training. Residency training is a team effort by the resident and the faculty, with an emphasis on progressive independence, constantly improving knowledge, and development of a professional and ethical attitude that defines the best physicians. Each training year and each individual clinical rotation has its own educational “Goals and Objectives.” Meeting the “Goals and Objectives” of the training years and rotations is the pathway of the educational process.
We have recently expanded our resident complement to 10 residents per class. The Department participates in the National Resident Matching Program for all positions at the PGY1 level.

 

Clinical Depth

  • 2,000 open-heart procedures/year (WHC)
  • Adult liver, kidney, pancreas and pediatric liver and small bowel transplants (GUH)
  • Level 1 trauma center and acute burn unit (WHC)
  • 3,000 OB cases/year (GUH and WHC)
  • Acute, Chronic and Cancer Pain Center (GUH)
  • Basic and advanced pediatric cases (GUH and CNMC)
  • Large critical care unit with 24/7 attending coverage (GUH)
  • Robust CA-3 regional anesthesia rotations (GUH and WHC, as well as CA-3 rotation at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC)

Attending Coverage

  • Georgetown University Hospital
    • 1:2 attending to resident coverage during daytime hours
    • 2 attending anesthesiologists in-house overnight and weekends
  • Washington Hospital Center
    • 3 attending anesthesiologists in-house overnight and weekends
  • Children’s National Medical Center
    • 1 attending anesthesiologist in-house overnight and weekends

Geographic Advantages

  • Located on historic Georgetown University campus
  • Washington is unparalleled in the diversity of people, activities, and opportunities it has to offer
  • Georgetown University Hospital is a part of MedStar Health, which is the Largest healthcare system in Baltimore/Washington DC

Resident Support

  • $3,000 for books, supplies, meetings.
  • Full Department sponsorship when presenting at national meetings (independent of $3,000 book fund money)
  • ASA, DCSA, IARS memberships, ACE program, AKT and In-Training exams funded by Department
  • Free parking at all training sites
  • Competitive House Staff Salaries
  • Generous benefits package (health, dental, life, disability, etc).

 

Rotations

  • Clinical Base Year (CBY)

    We are a Categorical program that includes a Clinical Base Year (PGY-1) with balanced rotations in several specialties. The goal of this year of training is to obtain a base of knowledge in order to treat a variety of patients undergoing anesthesia. All residents rotate at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

    Rotations include:

    • OR Anesthesia: 3 blocks
    • Acute Pain Service: 1 block
    • Presurgical Testing Clinic: 1 block
    • MICU: 2 blocks
    • CCU: 1 block
    • Medical Wards: 3 blocks
    • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
    • Night Float: 0.5 block
    • Vacation: 1 block
  • CA-1

    The goal of the first year of clinical training is to give residents the broadest possible exposure to the range of the practice of anesthesia. This is achieved through a series of month-long clinical rotations at Georgetown University Hospital. At the start of the CA-1 year, a week-long session of lectures and workshops will serve to orient each resident to the fundamentals of anesthetic practice. Throughout the year, supervision of a resident’s performance will be guided by the levels of proficiency and comfort each resident exhibits, in a manner that allows for independence in judgment and action while ensuring safe patient care. At the completion of the CA-1 year, each resident can expect to have experience in a broad sampling of anesthetic care and techniques.

    Rotations include:

    • Ambulatory
    • Chronic Pain
    • ENT / Airway
    • ENT Surgical Service
    • General & Gynecologic Surgery
    • Neuro
    • Satellite
    • Obstetrics
    • Orthopedics
    • Pediatrics
    • Urology
  • CA-2

    Rotations include:

    • Cardiac at Washington Hospital Center
    • SICU
    • Neuroanesthesia
    • Obstetrics
    • Acute Pain/Regional
    • Chronic Pain
    • Pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center
    • Thoracic/Vascular
    • Transplant (Adult and Pediatric Liver, Kidney, Small Bowel, Pancreas)

  • CA-3

    Residents pursue a year of advanced training in those clinical or research areas of greatest interest, which includes 6 months of elective rotations. Elective rotations exist at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center, University of Maryland Shock Trauma, Hospital for Special Surgery, Georgetown Pain Management, MedStar SiTEL, and MedStar Lafayette Ambulatory Surgery Center. Residents may also choose to pursue an international mission trip to provide anesthetic care in an underserved region.

    Rotations include:

    • Acute Pain/Regional (MGUH, WHC, HSS)
    • Advanced Clinical Track
    • Ambulatory (MedStar Lafayette Center)
    • Cardiac
    • Chronic Pain
    • Medical Simulation
    • Obstetrics
    • PACU
    • Pediatrics
    • Point of Care Ultrasound
    • Research
    • Thoracic/Vascular
    • Transition to Practice
    • Transplant
    • Trauma/Burn at Shock Trauma Center

Morning Conference

Resident Conference takes place each day from 6:30 – 7:00 a.m. Thursday conferences are from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Keywords: Keywords are key concepts and topics provided by the American Board of Anesthesiology following the annual ABA/ASA In-Training Examination. Each keyword represents a question from the written exam that was missed by a majority of examinees. Residents are assigned 3 keywords to present each week.

Faculty-led discussions: Discussions for juniors are based on Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLDs) presented at the ASA Annual Meeting, while the discussions for the seniors are based on Applied Exam preparation for oral boards and OSCEs.

Mondays

  • CA 0/1 – Keywords Review (Basic)
  • CA 2/3 – Faculty Lecture (Advanced)

Tuesdays

  • CA 0/1 – PBLD Part I
  • CA 2/3 – Applied Exam Review I

Wednesdays

  • CA 0/1 – PBLD Part II
  • CA 2/3 – Applied Exam Review II

Thursdays

  • Departmental Education
  • M&M – QA/QI
  • Faculty Grand Rounds
  • Visiting Professor Grand Rounds
  • Senior Resident Grand Rounds

Fridays

  • CA 0/1 – Faculty Lecture (Basic)
  • CA 2/3 – Keywords Review (Advanced)

 

Training Locations

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Children’s National Medical Center

Georgetown Pain Management

MedStar Surgery Center at Lafayette Centre

Hospital For Special Surgery (HSS)

 

Our People

Message from the program director:

Dear Applicant,

The anesthesiology residency program at Georgetown University Hospital offers residents an outstanding balance of didactic instruction and clinical experience. Your training will progress from administering anesthetics to healthy patients undergoing minor procedures to becoming a consultant in anesthesiology, managing critically ill patients undergoing major surgical operations. You will learn from experienced and enthusiastic faculty with expertise in all the subspecialties of anesthesiology.

Your rotations at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and the Children’s National Medical Center offer ample opportunity to manage a wide variety of interesting and complex medical and surgical problems. We have an abundance of clinical material for a program of our size. Between the two primary MedStar Health teaching hospitals alone (GUH and WHC), we can offer over 2,000 open heart procedures, a level one trauma center and acute burn unit, more than 4,000 obstetrical cases, adult and pediatric liver transplantation as well as cardiac transplantation. All residents obtain the minimum required number of cases before finishing the CA-2 year. This allows each resident to design his/her final year of clinical training, choosing from any of the various clinical subspecialties to supplement your residency experience.

At Georgetown, we educate our residents so that they may excel in their careers either as academic or private practitioners. I hope you will look at our program closely, and choose to join us for four exceptional years of rewarding professional growth.

We wish you the best of luck in your pursuit of an exciting career in anesthesiology.

Sincerely,

Brian S. Freeman, M.D.
Associate Professor
Residency Program Director
Vice Chair for Education
Department of Anesthesiology


Application Information

The Anesthesiology program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital considers applicants from all backgrounds and experiences. We encourage applications from US and high quality international medical schools. Applicants with substantial experiences outside of medicine are welcomed. Because we base our selection on the entire application, competitive applicants must have outstanding recommendations and academic credentials.

All applications for Anesthesiology Residency Training must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and includes receipt of curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, including a Dean’s letter, a medical school transcript, and appropriate USMLE scores.

In accordance with recommendations from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the 2020-21 interview season will be entirely virtual. We are currently in the process of planning the interview day structure. There will be multiple opportunities for invited candidates to meet and to interact with residents and faculty throughout the interview “day.”

 

Contact Us

Department of Anesthesiology

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
CCC Building, Lower Level Rm CL-60
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC. 20007

Office: (202) 444-8640
FAX: (202) 444-8854

Dr. Russell T. Wall M.D.
Chairman

Dr. Kerry DeGroot M.D.
Vice-Chairman

Dr. Brian Freeman M.D.
Program Director

Dr. Maggie Coppinger M.D.
Associate Program Director

Administrative Staff

Garra Appling
Residency Program Coordinator

Kaitlyn Rinn
Administrator

Kimberly Poppleton
Account Analyst