Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

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Program Director's Welcome

Dr. Kyle Ahn PhotoThe Anesthesiology Residency Program at UC Irvine aims to develop outstanding consultants and leaders in the field of anesthesiology. Our program is aligned with the mission of UC Irvine Health: Discover. Teach. Heal. As such, our residency program adheres to high academic and professional standards and provides a rigorous, well-rounded learning experience. The primary teaching institution is UC Irvine Medical Center, the region’s only Level I trauma center, regional burn center and major referral center for primary and subspecialty care. Residents also gain valuable experience working in various other healthcare systems during their rotations. Our participating training sites include the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), CHOC Children’s , Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. In these settings, our residents care for a diverse patient population. Our anesthesia residents receive broad training in anesthesiology, pain management, critical care and perioperative medicine with progressively increasing levels of responsibility.

Strong clinical experiences are paired with comprehensive, structured and carefully designed educational curriculum spanning all years of residency. Our innovative 4U Didactic Program provides non-clinical half-days for PGY-1s and a full day for CA-1s, CA-2s and CA-3s each rotation block. These didactic days supplement additional rotation specific education and grand rounds. The educational contents are tailored to each class and include wellness, professional development, quality improvement and scholarly activity. We understand that traditional lectures alone are not optimal for learning. Therefore, we employ multimodal learning through simulation, problem-based learning and discussion (PBLD), journal clubs, mock objective structured clinical exams (OSCE), hands-on workshops, Point-of-Care Ultrasonography (POCUS), guest speakers and written and oral board exam practices.

Our residency program prides itself in providing a supportive environment for individual growth. Our residents come from diverse backgrounds and are collegial, talented and hard working. Our residents participate in fun activities to build camaraderie and discuss program development during a retreat each summer and winter. In addition, the program encourages residents to engage in scholarly and leadership activities. The program provides time and financial support for our residents to participate in local, regional and national conferences. Many of our residents also serve in leadership roles within our Department, institution, UC Irvine School of Medicine, as well as regionally and nationally. Our Global Outreach Initiative supports residents who are interested in volunteering alongside Faculty in medically underserved parts of the world, providing anesthesia in countries with limited resources.

Our anesthesiology resident graduates have success in matching into competitive fellowships and acquiring highly desirable career positions. In the last five years, approximately 50 percent of our graduates have pursued fellowship training. UC Irvine alumni practice in both private and academic settings within California and across the country and residents benefit from this alumni network. Residents have successfully achieved professional goals through excellent clinical experiences, faculty mentorship and broad educational programs.

I invite you to explore our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what makes UC Irvine School of Medicine an excellent place to begin your training. We look forward to meeting you during the recruitment season.

Kyle Ahn, MD
Director, Residency Program
Vice Chair, Education