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

Message from the Chief Residents

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Jay Shen, MD

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Benjamin Sanders, MD

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at UC Irvine!

Our training is focused, our curriculum is pioneering and our cohesive residents are graduates from the top medical schools nationwide. We are excited that you are considering anesthesiology at UC Irvine as a residency option.

Our main health science campus is located in the heart of Orange County in the city of Orange. UC Irvine Health Douglas Hospital opened in 2009 and is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with cutting-edge anesthesia equipment and electronic anesthesia charting. Being the only Level I Trauma Center in Orange County, excellent trauma experience is guaranteed. In addition, we are a major referral center across specialties with a diverse patient population. Complicated and interesting pathology is assured throughout training. We also rotate through a variety of locations in Southern California including The UC Irvine Health Center for Pain & Wellness, 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. These rotations allow us to train under the guidance of subspecialists who provide insights from both academic and community-based backgrounds. This also gives our residents the unique opportunity to forge lasting connections for future fellowship and career prospects. Many of our graduates enter fellowship in top programs throughout the United States or join competitive community based practices. UC Irvine residents are highly regarded as strong clinicians in the Southern California community and highly sought after community-based practices.

Resident education at UC Irvine is innovative and revolves around a monthly dedicated education day that incorporates a variety of engaging learning modalities. Oral board review with senior oral board examiners and hands-on simulation experiences in our modern simulation center prepare our residents for the challenges we face in clinical practice. In addition, an integrated Point-of-Care Ultrasound curriculum enhances the educational experience and broadens the skill sets of our residents. As a pioneer in perioperative medicine, our Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) curriculum introduces an innovative and comprehensive approach to patient care. Residents in every year of training have perioperative medicine rotations that equip residents with the skills that allow them to move forward as innovators in their future practice and become leaders in their workplace.

The greatest resource at our program is our dedicated faculty. The size of our training program (11 residents per year) allows us to truly get to know our attendings and co-residents on a personal level. Our work environment encourages teamwork in a way that is unique among anesthesiology programs, leading to genuine friendships that last beyond graduation. We are proud of our close-knit learning environment and a training that encourages a gradual progression towards excellent clinical practice.


Jay Shen, MD and Benjamin Sanders, MD
2016-2017 Chief Residents

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