Greetings, I am happy you are interested in a career in anesthesiology and are looking at our program. I was born and raised in Tyler, a fantastic city that is full of various activities and a vibrant medical community. I completed medical school and residency at UT Houston finishing as Chief Resident. I now have been elected to the role of Anesthesiology Program Director. The high-quality patient care, stimulating educational environment and comradery within our department keeps me excited to come to work every day.
As Program Director, my goal is to provide curious residents with an exceptional educational experience while maintaining a healthy learning environment. We have a diverse group of faculty that will share knowledge and provide mentorship to residents in both the OR and research arenas.
At UTHET, resident education is our main priority. The didactic schedule is very rigorous and system oriented. Our integrated OR/ICU program and didactic experiences allow our residents to achieve excellence as perioperative physicians with balance for time off, study and social life.
Through the NRMP Match, we offer positions in both a 4-year categorical training program and a 3-year clinical anesthesiology program. The Transitional Year provides experience in a wide array of specialties. In the CVICU PGY-1 level residents have the opportunity to take part in a CVOR case in the morning then transition to ICU care of the patient in the afternoon. Your OB rotation also combines aspects of OB Anesthesia with traditional Obstetrics. Internal Medicine is composed of a Cardiology rotation and MICU month. These along with a Chronic Pain, General Surgery, Anesthesia, Family Medicine, and ER months provide a very well-rounded foundational experience.
The CA-1 to CA-3 years also provide generous amounts of experience with a balanced work-life schedule. All rotations will be provided from Pediatrics, Acute Pain, OB, Vascular, Pre-Op clinic, Regional, Thoracic, Neurosurgical, Orthopedic, Out of Department, CV, and Trauma. Our only off campus rotation will be Pediatrics, this will be provided at a Level One Trauma center for Pediatrics in Dallas. On Thursdays every week we have either M&M, Grand Rounds, Journal Club, or Exam Preparation. A simulation lab once a year provides not only clinical skills but Oral Board preparation as well. We have an independent research program that starts with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and progresses to independent research with faculty assistance.
Upon completion of our program you will not only be prepared for your ITE and Oral Boards, but also become competent and ethically sound Anesthesiologists. I appreciate your consideration in the match process and look forward to meeting each of you. Good Luck to You All!
Darrell Briggs, MD