Greetings from Galveston Island, TX!
Thank you for your interest in the University of Texas Medical Branch department of
Anesthesiology! Your choice of residency will not only affect the
next four years, but will have a lasting impact on your future
practice as an Anesthesiologist.
We are excited to share our overall
experience thus far at UTMB and would like to highlight some amazing
and unique aspects of this program.
When choosing a residency, one of the
most important things to consider is resident satisfaction. Our
residents are genuinely satisfied with our program and the quality of
clinical teaching. The faculty here enjoy teaching and it truly
impacts our residents’ educational experience.
We provide anesthesia to a wide range
of case variety, serving patients from all over the state of Texas.
Consequently, we manage diverse and rare pathology such as Shriners Burn Hospital, where we become
proficient in the management of very difficult airways, both in the
acute and chronic phases.
During your first month as an
anesthesia resident, you are trained very well to prepare for early
independence in the operating room. You complete an entire month of
one-on-one mentorship with faculty and senior residents. In addition,
you participate in multiple realistic scenarios in our department’s
For those interested in research, our
program offers a specific track designed to accommodate this pursuit.
You can take multiple months throughout residency dedicated to
research in the area of your choice. UTMB Anesthesiology is involved
in world renowned research and provides endless opportunities for
residents to get involved. Of relevant importance, our chairman Dr.
Don Prough has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society
of Critical Care Medicine due to his contributions to critical care
research. Many of our residents have won awards for their research at
regional and national meetings.
Simulation is an integral component to
our clinical education. UTMB is now home to a brand new multi million
dollar health education center which is where the Anesthesia
Simulation workshops will take place. Some of our simulation
education includes extensive airway management, difficult airway
training, and advanced crisis management.
The work atmosphere at UTMB is very
communicative and welcoming. There is genuine respect and camaraderie
between faculty members and residents. Our department is a close-knit
family that consistently looks out for the well being of each
resident. You will often find many of us enjoying lunch and breaks
together in the department lounge. When someone has an emergency or
needs assistance in a difficult clinical situation, help is
accessible. We have many family friendly departmental activities
throughout the year such as spring softball, scuba diving trips,
mentor dinners, and the annual crawfish boil.
Our residents have incentives to earn
extra money on a daily basis. After completing a few months in the
operating room, residents are compensated an additional $50 per hour
when working past 4:30pm. (Excludes residents on call)
The area around UTMB is one of the most
affordable in the country. Living in Galveston provides proximity to
the beach, year-round outdoor sports, and fantastic food! The island
weather is typically very enjoyable. Many residents bike and/or walk
to work on a daily basis.
The UTMB anesthesia department is truly
committed to resident education. Our didactics include morning
lectures, quarterly oral board exam review, and mock OSCE practice.
All residents receive a generous education allowance of $3000 over
the course of residency. This money can be used for textbooks, annual
anesthesia conferences, review courses, and more. In addition, the
USMLE Step 3 exam and the ABA written board exam is paid for by the
department. A generous meal allowance is provided to all UTMB house
staff, in addition to the carry out dinner provided for anesthesia
residents during every 24 hour call. This is funded by our own
clinical faculty, giving us something to look forward to during even
the busiest calls.
All residents at UTMB have health
insurance and benefits paid for by the hospital, covering both the
resident and his/her dependents. Free health insurance for you and
your family is a first-rate benefit. In addition, the retirement
plan for UTMB employees provides up to 8.5% of contribution match.
Our residents are truly prepared,
trained, and equipped for their future in anesthesia. Many of our
residents begin fellowship training after their CA-3 year. We have a
near perfect match rate for all subspecialties including
Cardiothoracic, Pediatric, Pain, Critical Care, and Obstetric
Anesthesia. In addition, the great reputation of UTMB anesthesia
makes finding a job after residency a simple task.
As detailed above, there are many
unique and impressive aspects of our program that make Galveston, TX
a wonderful place to complete residency. We are very proud of our
department and highly recommend it!
Feel free to contact us with any
questions you might have.
Rachel Garza, Daniel Arango, Monisha Parikh and Amir Jafari