Anesthesiology Residency

Mission Statement

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Anesthesiology Residency Program was established to prepare physicians to be consultants in Anesthesiology. Residents will learn the basic and clinical science of Anesthesiology, the ability to apply knowledge to new problems, the ability and desire to continue to build a knowledge base throughout their career and the ability to critically evaluate scientific research. Our overriding principle is quality of care, individualization of care and the ability to ensure our residents continue their passion for learning throughout their careers.

Program Aims

Clinical Care – Through a progression of rotations dealing with increasingly challenging cases, residents will learn both basic and advanced clinical skills. These include regional anesthesia (residents will potentially get 2-4 times the required minimums of regional blocks, spinals, and epidurals), ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and line placement, peri-operative ultrasound, trans-esophageal echocardiography, and other related techniques.

Research Activity – All residents give two presentations to the department during their residency. The topics are chosen by the resident, who works with his or her adviser on preparing the presentation. Our program has a statistics review as part of its didactic curriculum. Residents learn the basics of descriptive and inferential statistics, and are able to perform simple analyses such as t-tests and chi-squared tests. For our Journal Club, all residents are required to submit a critical review of one of the presented papers.

Patient Safety-  All residents receive training on how to confidentially submit a near miss or patient safety event at each of our locations.

Achieving diversity in trainee recruitment, selection, and retention

UT Health Science Center at Tyler is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity and inclusion in its residents and will work to achieve these ideals through tolerance and acceptance of individuals from all backgrounds without discrimination. This will be emphasized both during recruitment and selection as well as throughout the duration of a trainee’s experience within the program to ensure that residents always feel welcome and accepted. Program leadership and faculty undergo required training annually to educate them on the importance that diversity brings; something that is valued by the sponsoring institution.

 

Educational Experience at UT Health East Texas

The primary facility, UTHET-Downtown Tyler, is comprised of multiple OR locations and over 350 beds. UTHCT was established in 1977 and has, so far, established 12 residency training programs at our institution. There is a robust institutional research program and multiple educational activities for both residents and Faculty.

The OR facilities are as such: Main OR (14), OB (2), CV (2), Interventional Pain Management (2), Ambulatory Surgery (5), Bronchoscopy lab (2), Interventional Radiology (2), MRI (2), GI (4), and Cath Lab/EP Lab (4).

Together they represent over 21,000 Anesthetics a year. On an average individual basis this breaks down as follows:

CV Surgery cases: 450/yr.
EP/Cath Lab: 200/yr.
OB: 825 Deliveries/C-sxn
500 Epidurals
250 Spinals
Gyn cases: 150/yr.
Pediatrics cases: 800 cases/yr., only over 6 months of age
Gen OR cases: 3400/yr.

 

Orthopedics cases: 3500/yr.
Neurosurgical and Spine cases: 1400/yr.
Urology cases: 1500/yr.
Bronchoscopy: 650/yr.
Radiology: 300/yr.
GI: 8,000/yr.
Cosmetic: 200/yr.
ENT: 250/yr.
Ophthalmology: 250/yr.

 

Our Faculty include members who have subspecialty certification in Interventional Pain management and Cardiovascular/TEE.

We have a new director of research, Dr. Alan Cook, who we look forward working with. Cook brings over 20 years of educational research experience to our team. Our residents will complete the CITI research program and present articles with the assistance of our research department.

Our primary facility is building a 10 bed NICU. This will be completed in late 2021, well before our first transitional class begins.