On behalf of our residents, welcome to the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine! Thank you for your interest in our program. We are excited to share with you what makes UC Davis Medical Center a great place to train.

The UC Davis Medical Center is a 631-bed, multi-specialty hospital nationally recognized for its academic excellence and advancement of health through clinical practice, teaching, and research. It is the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center in inland Northern California, exposing residents to a diverse patient population that requires an impressive variety of critical care needs and subspecialty procedures. With our state-of-the-art emergency department, operating rooms, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, and burn intensive care units, we are a leading referral center for the most medically and surgically complex cases in Northern California. Offsite training includes a rotation at Shriners Hospital of Northern California (located conveniently across the street from UC Davis’s main hospital). Shriners is known for providing surgical and rehabilitation care to children with congenital diseases, burns, and complex medical needs from all over the world regardless of ability of the patient’s family to pay.   Here, we are exposed to the most complex orthopedic, burn, and spinal cord pediatric cases.

Throughout this training, we complete a wide array of cases and far exceed the minimum required caseload set by ACGME in every category. During the first month of residency, you will be working one-on-one alongside our experienced faculty members to learn the basics of anesthesiology. Each day ends with formal didactics to emphasize and reinforce fundamental academic topics. You will continue to solidify your foundations while gaining autonomy after this month. Towards the later part of the first year into second year, you will gain exposure to the subspecialties of anesthesia, including rotations in pediatric anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia, regional anesthesia, ambulatory anesthesia, chronic pain, pre- and post-anesthesia care, and critical care management. During the third year of training, there are many opportunities to follow your unique career path and training goals, including the opportunity to conduct research and engage in global health through overseas volunteering.  

Our curriculum integrates the best of the old and new. In addition to weekly educational sessions with faculty, training is enhanced with different learning modalities such as simulation training at the state-of-the-art Center for Virtual Care, transesophageal echocardiogram certification classes, mock orals/oral board reviews with senior oral board examiners, and interactive review sessions over the web. We have found that our curriculum prepares us well for academic success.

We also have had a very exciting recent addition to the program: our new department chair, Dr. Richard L. Applegate, II. Dr. Applegate’s breadth of clinical and research experience as well as his dedication to resident training is already evident and we are thrilled about the future of our department under his leadership.

Lastly, although we take tremendous pride in our clinical and academic training, we also value a balanced life. Our 50 to 60 hour work weeks (on average) and no “in-house-call” policy during OR rotations gives us free time to pursue personal interests and enjoy life outside of work. The Sacramento area boasts countless cultural attractions, a vibrant culinary scene, several hundred wineries and vineyards, and an abundance of year-round outdoor activities. We are conveniently located less than an hour and half away from both San Francisco and from the mountains and ski areas of Lake Tahoe.  The Sacramento area is a safe, affordable, and growing community that is well adapted for any lifestyle during your time here.

Thank you for your interest in the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our program. We look forward to seeing you during our application process!

Kyeong Seon Michelle Kim M.D.
Jeffrey Lewis M.D.
Chief Residents 2016-2017
UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine