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

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The Combined Pediatrics & Anesthesiology Residency Program is a five year (PGY-1 to PGY-5) program approved by both the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The curriculum for specialty training in both field were developed jointly by the UC Irvine Health Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and the UC Irvine Health Department of Pediatrics. Residents successfully completing the program are eligible for certification in both anesthesiology and pediatrics specialties.

Residents spend their first year on pediatric rotations and their second year on anesthesiology rotations. During years 3 to 5, residents alternate between the two specialties in three-month blocks. The rotation blocks have been designed to build on previous rotations so that residents can maintain and build on learned skill sets. This schedule fulfills the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements.

The program directors in anesthesiology and pediatrics work jointly to provide a five year training experience that provides excellent training in each specialty, but also emphasizes competence in managing critically ill pediatric patients and pediatric patients undergoing invasive and noninvasive procedures. The opportunity to experience different practice styles is especially important to this field, and residents benefit from rotating at UC Irvine and its affiliated hospitals.

Sample Rotation Schedule

Month PGY-1
1 General   Pediatrics OR Anesthesia Pediatric Inpatient Pediatric Inpatient Pediatric Inpatient
2 General   Pediatrics OR Anesthesia Pediatric Inpatient Pediatric Emergency Medicine Pediatric Emergency Medicine
3 General   Pediatrics OR Anesthesia PICU PICU PICU
4 Developmental/ Behavioral Preoperative Medicine OR Anesthesia Neuroanesthesia Pain Medicine
5 Adolescent PACU/Gen OR Obstetric Anesthesia Cardiothoracic ICU Advanced OR
6 Term Newborn OR Anesthesia Obstetric Anesthesia Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Anesthesia Elective
7 Acute Illness Pain Medicine Pediatric Emergency Medicine Pediatric Inpatient Pediatric Subspecialty
8 Acute Illness OR Ambulatory NICU Pediatric Subspecialty Pediatric Inpatient
9 NICU Adult ICU Pediatric Subspecialty NICU Pediatric Subspecialty
10 Subspecialty OR Anesthesia OR Ambulatory OR Anesthesia Anesthesia Elective
11 Subspecialty OR Anesthesia Pediatric Anesthesia Regional Anesthesia Advanced OR
12 Subspecialty Neuroanesthesia Pediatric Anesthesia Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Advanced OR

Teaching Hospitals

UC Irvine Medical Center

  • 417-bed adult and pediatric hospital with Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center
  • Primary site of anesthesia rotations as well as NICU and newborn pediatric rotations
  • U.S. News & World Report listed UC Irvine Medical Center among America’s Best Hospitals for the 16th consecutive year in 2016
  • Affiliation with UC Irvine School of Medicine and extensive medical resources

CHOC Children's

  • 289-bed freestanding children’s hospital with level I trauma center
  • Affiliate with the University of California, Irvine, residents in the combined program have exclusive access to anesthesia and transport rotations at CHOC Children's
  • Excellent general and subspecialty pediatrics, NICU and PICU rotations
  • The Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital 2016, awarded to select institutions in the nation for safety and quality

Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach

  • 373-bed freestanding children’s hospital with one of the largest NICU in the West
  • General and subspecialty pediatrics, NICU, PICU and OB anesthesia experience
  • Valuable interaction with residents in other programs from UC Irvine and many other institutions
  • The Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital 2014, awarded to select institutions in the nation for safety and quality

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

  • 365-bed freestanding children’s hospital
  • Exceptional pediatric anesthesiology experience
  • US News & World Report top 10 hospitals in the nation

Kaiser Permanente

  • One of the nation’s premier integrated managed care consortiums
  • Outstanding cardiac anesthesia experience, as well as electives in outpatient and inpatient pediatric medicine