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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Message from Chief Residents


Chief Residents 2015-2016Greetings and welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis! We are excited to show you why our program offers a superior graduate medical education experience. Our ultimate goal is to provide outstanding perioperative services to our patients in an environment that fosters education, mentorship, and teamwork. We believe such a culture is necessary to develop the clinical skills and academic acumen necessary to be an outstanding anesthesiologist.

The UC Davis Medical Center is a 631-bed, multi-specialty hospital known for its academic excellence and advancement of human health through clinical practice, teaching, and research. As the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center in inland Northern California, our residents are exposed 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.

We are very proud that the UC Davis health system is nationally recognized for the quality of care that we provide our patients every day.  Recently, the American Pain Society recognized the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine as a 2015 Clinical Center of Excellence. Upon reviewing our care practices for patients with acute pain following surgery or trauma, chronic pain, or palliative care needs, the American Pain Society determined our practices to be exemplary. Furthermore, the UC Davis School of Medicine was again recognized as one of the best medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. Ranking in the top 50 for both primary care and research (19th and 43rd, respectively), UC Davis is committed to educating the next generation of physicians both in the lecture hall and on the wards.

Most of your training will take place at the UC Davis Medical Center and its nearby ancillary locations. However, we are fortunate to also provide pediatric anesthesia at Shriner’s Hospital of Northern California, which is conveniently located directly across the street from the UC Davis Medical Center.  Here, our residents are exposed to the most complex orthopedic, burn, general surgery, and spinal cord pediatric cases. We are grateful that patients come from all over the world to receive the great philanthropy that has characterized Shriner’s Hospitals.

During the first month of residency, you will be working one-on-one alongside our experienced faculty members to learn the basics of anesthesiology. Here, you will develop the critical thinking and clinical skills necessary for becoming a competent anesthesiologist. Furthermore, each day ends with formal didactics to emphasize and reinforce fundamental academic topics. After this first month, you will continue to strengthen your understanding of anesthesia while gaining autonomy. Then, towards the later part of the first year, you will gain exposure to the subspecialties of anesthesia. This includes 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. By the end of the second year of training, most residents will have gained both formal teaching and real-life exposure to all of the subspecialty disciplines. During the third year of training, residents can dedicate their time to his/her unique career path and training goals, including the opportunity to conduct research and volunteer overseas.

We consider a diverse educational experience to be the best way to tackle the new ABA Board Exam requirements. Therefore, at UC Davis, your graduate medical education will be enhanced with simulation training at the state-of-the-art Center for Virtual Care. Formal educational sessions will take place here at least monthly, with the option for further simulation experience at the request of the residents. We have found that a mixture of simulation training, formal educational sessions with faculty, problem-based learning discussions, and resident-directed study groups prepare our residents well for academic success.

Lastly, the Sacramento region boasts countless cultural attractions, a vibrant culinary scene, several hundred wineries and vineyards, and an abundance of year-round outdoor activities. Nearby Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay Area offer weekend retreats for residents with all interests. Overall, our residents consider this to be a safe, affordable, and family-oriented community that is well adapted for any lifestyle.

Thank you for your interest in the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. We look forward to seeing you during our application process.


James Jones, M.D.
David Li, M.D.
Chief Residents 2015-2016
UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine