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A Chat with the Vice Chair for Education

Knox, Lynn MDHi, I’m Lynn Knox, the Anesthesiology Vice Chair for Education here at UTMB. I am delighted you are interested in an exciting and rewarding career in anesthesiology and are taking a look at our program. The UTMB Anesthesiology Residency Program will provide you with outstanding clinical and didactic opportunities in a supportive environment. I know I am biased as I completed my anesthesiology residency here in 1998 and have never regretted making UTMB my first choice. In fact, about one-half of our faculty trained in the UTMB program and we have a very stable faculty base. I think there can be no better recommendation for the working relationships, life-style balance and learning environment than having residents choose to stay on as faculty. As the saying goes, we tend to vote with our feet!

As Vice Chair, my goal is simple: to provide our residents and fellows with the highest quality educational experiences in an encouraging and stimulating environment. Fortunately, this departments’ committed, energetic and gifted faculty make this goal a reality. We have a successful residency because resident training comes first while at the same time ensuring our residents are an integral part of our clinical team.

Starting at the top, our Chair, Dr. Donald Prough, is thoroughly committed to the residency program and offered much support and guidance over my 20 odd years as Program Director. Dr. Lisa Farmer, after considerable experience as Associate PD, assumed the Program Director responsibilities as of July 2020. She and her Associate PD, Dr. Jenny Pennycuff, are bringing fresh ideas and teaching methods to our training program. We offer fellowship positions in Cardio-thoracic Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Obstetric Anesthesiology and have subspecialty boarded Pediatric Anesthesiologists on staff as well- ensuring rich educational opportunities in the subspecialty rotations. Faculty are eager to mentor interested residents with Quality Improvement or research projects. Many of our faculty hold delegate or committee positions in organized medicine (ASA, TSA, AMA, and TMA) and offer residents opportunities to become involved in leadership and advocacy experiences.

I invite you to have a look at our website for more details or feel free to contact me. I wish you the best in your search for “that perfect match”.