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What Our Residents Say

Anesthesiology_Vu, Mai-AnhMai Anh Vu (intern)

Hi! My name is Mai-Anh Vu. I am from Austin, Texas and graduated from UTMB School of Medicine. Pursuing Anesthesiology training at UTMB is the best decision I’ve ever made. Our program provides unparalleled clinical training, incredible faculty & resident mentorship, and unique opportunities to train in state-of-the-art facilities to become strong, driven, and well-prepared leaders in Anesthesiology. When I was a medical student here, I was inspired by knowledgeable, kind, and resilient anesthesiologists at UTMB to pursue a life-changing field, and I feel grateful to now have the opportunity to do the same. What I value most from our program is the camaraderie & personable nature of our team. I highly encourage any applicant to consider joining our program!


Anesthesiology_Gampala, PreethiPreethi Gampala (intern)

Hey everyone, I’m a split year (Splittern) just starting my first year of anesthesia training! I’m so excited to be at UTMB for residency because I was able to get a glimpse of how great the program is while I was here as a medical student. I currently live off of the island; the commute a great time to drink coffee and listen to podcasts in the morning and to wind down after a long day in the afternoon. The environment at UTMB is a relaxed and collegial one where everyone is here to help us succeed so we can all learn and give our patients the best care possible. One of the most unique experiences that UTMB offers is the ability to begin dedicated anesthesia training in our many ORs during our intern year which is great for getting a head start to learning the ins and outs of the OR work flow. Having medicine rotations sprinkled throughout the year is a nice break in the schedule and allows for more studying time. Residency has been challenging but I’m glad that I can go through this journey with my amazing co-residents as part of a department that makes every effort to take care of us and make our time here a special one.


000256539_Nguyen, ElizabethElizabeth Nguyen (CA-1)

I am a current CA-1 from Plano, TX. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and completed medical school at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing the SICU rotation as a visiting medical student, I knew I wanted to continue my training at UTMB! The residents here made me feel at home, and I was extremely impressed with the faculty’s breadth of knowledge and genuine interest to teach. This program fosters a unique and positive culture amongst medical students, residents and faculty, and is truly a family. I am so grateful to be a part of this family and for the lifelong friendships I have already made here! UTMB also provides a great work life balance with time to enjoy the island or try new restaurants in Houston!

000256484_Sam, Tom LeeTom Lee Sam (CA-1)

Choosing to do my anesthesia residency here at UTMB was one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far. I’m currently a PGY2 and have so far experienced the perfect blend of extensive guided learning, in combination with the autonomy necessary, all in efforts to fully realize the potential this program has to offer. The pleasant demeanor, desire to teach/learn, and strong fellowship among the residents and faculty, has overall provided an environment optimal for learning each and every day.


OaksNathan Oaks (CA-2)

Applying to Physician-only (R) spots in ERAS was an entirely different experience than as a medical student. I had different goals, expectations, and experience than I had the year prior. One of my main objectives during my application cycle was to find a program where I could find friends, trust my coworkers, and enjoy going to work every day. I also wanted to make sure I would be valued and be able to uniquely contribute to my new program despite having a different internship experience than my colleagues. UTMB set itself apart with interns coming from St. Joe’s Hospital in Houston, UTMB in Galveston, and multiple advanced spots. Because of this, there is a great blend of experience, background, and life situation in our program. I have felt welcome since the day I arrived, and I feel like everyone is able to contribute something different. The orientation month is also very well organized and has an appropriate balance of independence and supervision. I wouldn’t have wanted to start my anesthesiology training any other way!