Chief Residents' Welcome
Welcome to the Emory University Department of Anesthesiology! We are pleased you are considering continuing your training with us and are excited to share why we take immense pride in our residency program. Our program has a rich history that stretches back to the earliest days of the specialty. We enjoy a diverse caseload from a large patient population covering the metro Atlanta area and are a referral center for the entire Southeast region.
The clinical experience at our program is among the best in the country. We see an amazing range of case diversity, patient populations, and care environments due to the clinical sites where we rotate - Emory University Hospital, a quaternary-care academic medical center, and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta's public hospital and level I trauma center. Residents also rotate at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Ambulatory Surgery Center, Atlanta's VA Medical Center, Emory Orthopedic and Spine Center at Executive Park, and Egleston Children's Hospital, all within a 10-mile radius. Each class is limited 16 residents - which ensures that residents can be assigned to the most interesting and educational cases at each site.
As CA1s, residents will manage complex cases including everything from liver transplants to massive transfusions during traumas. As residents move into subspecialty training, we get to experience complex ventricular-assist device placements and heart/lung transplants on cardiac. We manage high-volume and high-risk OB at both Grady and Emory midtown hospitals. We learn a variety of blocks and other procedures for acute pain management, and also treat complex chronic pain patients. We learn at one of the highest-acuity freestanding pediatric hospitals in the country, doing everything from bread and butter cases to pediatric trauma and transplants. Last but certainly not least, our critical care experience includes months in the surgical and cardiothoracic ICUs as you manage all of those complex patients during the postoperative period.
There are also abundant opportunities for basic science, clinical, and quality research throughout the department. Many of the core faculty are heavily involved in quality improvement projects, and residents have a wealth of mentors available to join or create projects themselves. We also enjoy great support from the department to attend and present at local, regional, and national anesthesiology conferences.
In addition to the individualized intraoperative teaching between faculty and residents, site-specific conferences occur Tuesday-Thursday and include case presentations, mock oral boards, keywords, and subspecialty lectures.
Grand Rounds conferences occur every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning from September through June and include visiting professors, journal clubs, and a professionalism/practice management series to prepare residents for their career after residency. Also starting in september, all residents are excused from clinical duties during Tuesday afternoons to come together for didactic experiences - including board review for the advanced/applied exams, and lectures tailored to each level of anesthesia training.
CA1 residents have a robust orientation experience during the first 6 weeks of training that includes didactics on basic anesthesia practice as well as one on one time in the ORs with attendings. Board review lectures are incorporated into the didactic schedule for CA1s throughout the year in order to prepare for the basic exam in June. Residents at all levels also practice managing rare cases in the simulation lab, which are scheduled throughout the year.
Emory has a very active global health program. Our residents and faculty travel to Bolivia, Haiti, and Ethiopia with medical missions through the Department of Anesthesiology or with the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program.
Life in Atlanta
Atlanta is a young, eclectic, fast-growing city. With a reasonable cost of living, we are a major US city with multiple professional sports teams, museums, food, festivals, nightlife, and music. There are a bunch of diverse places to live within the city as well, and residents do everything from owning a house in a quiet neighborhood to living in a high-rise in midtown. When you need a trip home or away, Atlanta is home to Hartsfield-Jackson airport, the busiest airport in the world. Thank you again for your interest. We look forward to meeting you during your interview day and please feel free to contact us with any questions!
Caitlin Bradley, MD
Christopher Ma, MD
Matthew Mitchell, MD
Chief Residents, 2017-2018
From left to right: Matthew Mitchell, Caitlin Bradley, Christopher Ma
3B South Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Fax: 404-778-5405 marked "Attn: Judy Rabern"
Congratulations to our graduating class of 2017. All 13 residents who applied for fellowships matched:
Jeff Mills: University of Florida
Blaine Farmer: Wake Forest
Stephanie Opusunju: Johns Hopkins
Thomas Kessinger: Emory
Krupa Patel: Emory
Nely Dhariwal: Cedars Sinai
Paul Macias: Stanford
Kai-Ling Hsu: UVA
Gary Kao: St Luke’s-Roosevelt (Mount Sinai)
Michael Evans: Northwestern
Ashley Hamilton: Emory
Matt Rabito: Vanderbilt
Michael Smith: Johns Hopkins