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Welcome to Temple University Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine

We are excited about your interest in our residency program and eager to share with you details about the truly unique training experience you will receive at Temple University.
Residents in Temple Anesthesiology are given exceptional clinical and academic training to develop the expertise necessary to function as consultants in Anesthesiology. The majority of training occurs at Temple University Hospital (TUH); however, our training is enhanced by rotations at Jeanes Hospital, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Our residents have exposure the majority of the anesthesia subspecialities during CA-1 year, which allows residents to make a well-informed decision in pursuing fellowship training. TUH is a nationally recognized level I trauma center, with a high volume of penetrating and blunt trauma cases. Thus, our residents manage complex and critically ill patients throughout the perioperative period, including in the surgical and cardiac intensive care units. We have a robust transplant service, which includes heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants. Our lung transplant program is one of the most active and experienced in the nation, and it has been ranked #1 nationally for seven consecutive years. Our residents manage some of the most challenging cases in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. With over 2,500 births annually, our residents are exposed to complex obstetric cases. TUH and Jeanes Hospital have a high volume of orthopedic, vascular, and general surgeries – which provides residents ample opportunities for regional anesthesia. In CA-2 and CA-3 years, we rotate through the renowned Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, respectively, for a comprehensive pediatric experience.
The residency program has a robust didactic series that starts with an 8-week orientation period in the summer of CA-1 year. During this orientation period, the new residents get focused one-to-one training with an attending in the operating room in the morning, and they have dedicated lectures or high-fidelity simulation sessions in the afternoon. Didactic training continues after the orientation period with our educational series. Once per week, we have a half-day of protected time for lectures, simulations, case discussions, and hands-on echo training, which provides complete preparation for written and oral boards as well as the OSCE. The education curriculum also includes weekly grand rounds lectures, monthly journal club, and research meetings. Residents have at least six weeks of dedicated research time throughout residency to participate in research and quality improvement projects of their choosing, which has led to many opportunities for our residents to present at both national and regional conferences. We have dedicated faculty and leadership invested in resident education, development, and wellness. During our CA-3 year, there is an opportunity to participate in an elective international rotation to Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, an experience highly regarded by past residents. Although this has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to resuming these rotations.
Philadelphia is a lively city with rich attractions – iconic art, “America’s most historic square mile,” year-round sporting events, and an acclaimed culinary scene! As a residency group, we have enjoyed the great outdoors with our annual whitewater rafting trip in the Poconos and paintball outing. Our residents typically live in the city and surrounding neighborhoods.
Once again, thank you for your interest in the program!
Lauren Donaghue, M.D. & Christian Welch, M.D.
CA-3 Chief Residents