Excellence in clinical care has always been an essential mission of our department, and we recognize that a primary goal of our anesthesia residency is to train residents to be first-class attendings whether in private practice or in an academic training institution. The role of anesthesiologists in our department is not limited to operating rooms. More and more, anesthesiologists are asked to practice outside the OR and play key roles in many areas of the hospital.
We direct the Surgical, Cardiothoracic and the Heart Hospital Intensive Care Units, the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program, and the Post Anesthesia Care Units and are involved in off-site areas such as the cardiac catheterization laboratory, MRI, endoscopy, endovascular, neurovascular, and other radiologic areas. Our involvement supports our belief that the responsibility for anesthetic management encompasses patient care throughout the hospital and outpatient experience.
Our operating rooms are arranged geographically by surgical subspecialty. Each area is staffed by highly specialized anesthesia faculty who concentrate their clinical time, research, and expertise in a specific area.
There are three important advantages to this specialized arrangement. First, our patients receive their anesthetic care from clinicians who have extensive experience with the type of procedures they are undergoing and their individual concerns. Second, it encourages a work climate in which mutual trust, respect, and understanding between surgeons, proceduralists, and anesthesiologists grow out of working together regularly and appreciating each other's needs. Finally, our residents and fellows are able to train with faculty who have maximal expertise, knowledge, and confidence in their clinical area.