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

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Chief Residents' Welcome

Welcome to the UCI Health Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care Residency Program! Our department offers exceptional training and state of the art facilities for residents to become skilled anesthesiologists with a wide breadth of experience. We are excited that you are considering UCI for residency and would like to share what makes UCI an excellent program.

Our main health science campus is located in Orange, California and is the only adult Level I trauma center in Orange County. Coupled with the fact that UC Irvine Medical Center is a major referral center across various specialties and our case volume continues to grow, you are guaranteed to receive outstanding clinical training taking care of patients with unique and serious comorbidities. Our clinical training also takes place in a variety of other hospitals that includes, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, CHOC Children's, Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. The rotations at these various sites help to expand resident experiences with different anesthetic practice strategies. In addition, we are able to easily network and create strong connections that will aid our residents with their future career plans. Our graduates have a strong clinical reputation and are able to secure competitive fellowship, academic and private practice positions.

We are a categorical residency program with an integrated clinical base intern year that is tailored to maximize a foundation of knowledge that is applicable to the subsequent training years. Rotations include general surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, high risk obstetrics, various ICU rotations, Point-of-Care ultrasound, preoperative clinic and electives. The last rotation is reserved for an introductory month in anesthesiology to ensure a smooth transition into clinical anesthesia. All resident classes have protected monthly didactics sessions with lectures, simulations, Point-of-Care ultrasound and guest speakers catered to their level of training. Residents are regularly given oral board reviews and examined by senior oral board examiners with feedback.

The faculty at UCI School of Medicine is truly dedicated to not just our growth, but also our well-being. Residents get to know attendings on a personal level and are treated like family. This helps create a conducive learning environment that fosters inquiry and teamwork that is unlike any other program. Many of our former residents continue to have lasting friendships with our faculty after graduation. Together with a group of committed faculty, strong clinical training and innovative regular didactics schedule, helps our residents grow and become extremely well rounded clinically and academically.

We look forward to welcoming you to the UCI family!


Robert Kim, MD and Margaret (Peggy) Riso, MD
Chief Residents 2018-2019