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Temple University Hospital’s Anesthesiology Residency Program!

FAQs About Our Program: A Message from the Chief Residents

Temple University Hospital Anesthesiology Residency is a program with heart, and we’re excited to greet you from ‘the City of Brotherly Love’, Philadelphia! Thank you for your interest in our program. We offer a rich and diverse clinical experience. Here’s some of what to expect here:

What is CA1 year like?

  • When you get here, the year begins with a superb 8 weeks of “Anesthesia Boot Camp” where you have full afternoons of protected foundation educational training, every weekday. Thereafter, for one entire half-day per week throughout residency, we have protected education sessions which continue to include various didactic lectures, PBLDs, practical sessions and simulation activities. Our faculty are enthusiastic, approachable, forward-thinking and dedicated to teaching. Several of our faculty members also serve as examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology Examinations. The preparation offered for the oral board, OSCE and written exams is extremely useful.

What are the rotations like?​

  • We are exposed to subspecialty training rotations, starting in CA-1 year. The range of cases is great for helping to solidify the knowledge you gain from reading. It also gives you a sense of what you may want to pursue for fellowship training (if you so desire). Every resident is also allotted a Research rotation, each year, to pursue Quality Improvement or other scientific research interests. We are encouraged to share our work at state and national professional meetings, for which the department often graciously provides financial support.
  • The cardiothoracic anesthesia experience here is unparalleled. We have been the #1 busiest lung transplant center both nationally and internationally for the last three consecutive years. We are also one of few centers on the East Coast that performs a high volume of pulmonary thromboendarterectomy surgeries annually. Our residents are always involved in these cases.
  • We are a designated Level 1 Trauma Center and a nationally recognized leader for care of large numbers of patients with various classifications of acute traumatic surgical injuries. Temple is also home to the only specialized burn center in the region. The nuances of anesthetic care for these patients are well-understood by our residents as the exposures strengthen our training.
  • Busy orthopedic, vascular, and general surgery services complement our regional and acute pain curricula perfectly. On these rotations, residents perform various neuraxial and peripheral anesthetics and quickly become competent. Our pediatric anesthesia rotations occur at both the renowned Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and at St. Christopher's Children’s Hospital, providing experience with different practice models. At both institutions, we work with leaders in the field. We are also offered the opportunity to travel abroad for international elective rotations at hospitals in Kijabe Kenya, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and Kigali Rwanda.

Dr. Connie Bruno (former Chief Resident) and Dr. Rodger Barnette (Former Department Chair) in Kijabe, Kenya

What can I expect for resident life?​

  • We’re a family! We pride ourselves on the diversity of our department and the camaraderie amongst our residents is really what makes our program a home away from home. Together, we enjoy ‘happy hours’, brunches, dinners, white-water rafting, paintballing and other outdoor activities. Many residents’ spouses, children and other family members join in the fun too!
  • We reach out to our new family members early in the preliminary year! Many incoming residents join us during this year for social events, exams and other academic activities. Everyone also receives supplemental textbooks and reading material, paid for by our department, to prepare for clinical anesthesia training and we always check in on each other.

What does life in Philadelphia have to offer?

  • Living in and around Philadelphia is also a treat, and there’s time to enjoy it all! We are home to major league sports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), the 76ers (NBA), the Flyers (NHL) and the Phillies (MLB) and any of their home games are a fun way to spend a free evening. The many famous museums, with a focus on art and national history, are unique. The Philadelphia Zoo, the national Mint, the Liberty Bell, the City Hall, Reading Terminal Market and various cheesesteak restaurants are all worth multiple visits. For nature-lovers, trails along the Wissahickon river, the Schuylkill river, and within the Pocono mountains are great for biking, jogging and picnicking. You can zip over to New Jersey’s beaches, New York City or Washington, DC for ‘day trips’ too.

There’s so much more to tell about the amazingly well-rounded experience our residency program and Philadelphia living affords us! We are so proud of who we are, where we work, and what we do! Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope you can visit and encourage you to reach out with any questions.