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Combined Pediatrics & Anesthesiology Residency Program

Combined Peds Resident and Attending with Pediatric Patient in OR

The UC Irvine Health Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and the Department of Pediatrics are proud to offer the Combined Pediatrics & Anesthesiology Residency Program.

Why combined training in pediatrics and anesthesiology?

Although the field of pediatric anesthesiology is well-established as a subspecialty within anesthesiology, a combined program with dual training in the fields of pediatrics and anesthesiology is an exciting new development. Our program was one of the first of three programs in the country, and the second approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and recruited our first resident in the 2011 Match.

The Open Mind: Anesthesia & Analgesia

Pediatrics-Anesthesia Combined Residency Training: An Applicant’s Perspective

There are many benefits of training in a combined program:

Board certification eligibility in both pediatrics and anesthesiology
The American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Anesthesiology have approved our combined training program. Successful completion of training in this five year training program enables graduates to become board eligible in both pediatrics and anesthesiology.

Develop careers focused on caring for children
Graduates may develop careers focused on caring for children with complex medical and surgical conditions who are hospitalized and/or require perioperative/periprocedural management.

Flexibility to work within both specialties
Graduates ideally will pursue careers in specialized fields that integrate skills from both pediatrics and anesthesiology. For example, graduates may specialize in pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) or in any of the many specialties within pediatric anesthesiology such as pain, cardiology, trauma, and transplant. Graduates may also seek fulfilling careers as pediatricians caring for patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings, while also dedicating some time as a general adult anesthesiologist.

Become the bridge between both specialties, during and after residency
Graduates will use their procedural and critical care acumen from anesthesiology and apply it to medical student, resident, and colleague education in pediatrics. Graduates will be able to apply their expertise in pediatrics when providing anesthetic care to patients with history of complex congenital and childhood syndromes.

Graduates become leaders in their fields
With the extensive training in both pediatrics and anesthesiology, our graduates will have unique qualifications that will open doors to a wide variety of career options.

left quotation Dr. Mohamman Esfahanian photoThe skills learned in this program open many doors of opportunity, be it in pediatric anesthesiology, critical care, pain medicine and beyond. The traditional pathway to pediatric anesthesiology via an anesthesiology residency may not be enough training to the resident who wants a deep understanding of pediatric disease and perioperative management. A combined residency also gives eligibility to pursue any subspecialty within pediatrics, including critical care medicine, which is not available to traditional anesthesia residents. I'm frequently consulted on preoperative optimization of complex children seen in my continuity clinic; my experiences in anesthesia and the perioperative surgical home are quite valuable in such scenarios. I am currently applying to pursue a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology, with advanced training in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology. I know that the experience gained in this program will give me a particular advantage as an applicant, and ultimately as a more capable clinician. right quotation
Mohammad Esfahanian, MD (Resident Class of 2018)

Why UC Irvine?

Monthly education days

To maintain continuity within each specialty, residents attend monthly anesthesiology didactics during their pediatric rotations, as well as pediatric didactics and clinic during their anesthesiology rotations.

Diverse training experiences at top tier hospitals

Our residents rotate through three freestanding children’s hospitals: CHOC Children's, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA).

Pioneer in establishing the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) initiative

The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care spearheaded the Perioperative Surgical Home initiative here at UC Irvine Health. We are leading the way and revolutionizing how healthcare is delivered in the perioperative setting.

Faculty advisors from anesthesiology and pediatrics

Dr. Debra Morrison, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiologist, serves as the program’s advisor and each resident’s personal mentor. She also advocates for our residents nationally.

Our anesthesiologists are highly invested in our program

Many of our faculty serve in leadership positions within UCI Health, Graduate Medical Education, and the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Residents in the combined training program will also work alongside, Dr. Shalini Shah, a pediatric acute and chronic pain specialist.

Excellent leadership opportunities

Combined training program residents are eligible to become chief resident during their PGY-4 or PGY-5 year. Our residents may also be eligible to attend or present at regional and national conferences.

Extremely receptive program directors

Our program directors actively shape the program according to resident feedback.

Contact Information

Please direct all inquires to:

Rhonda Chu
Medical Education Coordinator
Phone: 714-456-6661
Email: anesthrescoor@uci.edu

Kyle Ahn, MD
Program Director, Anesthesiology
Program Director, Combined Pediatrics & Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care

Tommy Wang, MD
Program Director, Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Combined Pediatrics & Anesthesiology
Department of Pediatrics

Debra E. Morrison, MD
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care