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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Message from Chief Residents


Chief Residents 2014-2015

Greetings and welcome to the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine residency program.  We are excited to show you why UC Davis Health System is a great place to work, learn, and train to be an anesthesiologist. Our program’s ultimate goal is to provide outstanding perioperative services to our patients. We also place a strong emphasis on providing a nurturing environment for resident growth through mentorship and teamwork. 

UC Davis Health System is a 619-bed, multi-speciality hospital known for its academic excellence and advancement of human health through clinical practice, teaching and research.  UCDHS is inland Northern California’s only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center, servicing 33-counties over 65,000 square miles stretching north to Oregon and east to Nevada. This gives our residents training in anesthetic and critical care management for an impressive variety of advanced subspecialty procedures.  We are recognized as being one the “Most Wired” hospitals in the country, and with the recent implementation of our anesthesia electronic medical record, our documentation has become completely paperless in and out of the operating rooms. We also have 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms, emergency rooms, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, and burn intensive care units allowing us to be a leading referral center for the most medically and surgically complex cases in Northern California. 

In addition to providing excellent inpatient subspecialty care, our residents rotate at the outpatient same day surgery center where they become proficient in conducting peripheral nerve blocks. We also have a fantastic and complex chronic pain service, with nationally recognized leaders in the field. We also rotate through the  preoperative clinics and spend several months at Shriner's Hospital of Northern California. Located across from UC Davis Health System, Shriner's Hospital is an 80-bed orthopedic, burn, and spinal cord injury hospital that treats children with some of the most complex illnesses from all over the country and the world and recognized for its philanthropic patient care.

Beginning in your first year of training, you will be paired with one of our anesthesia faculty to help guide you from learning the fundamentals of anesthesiology to choosing your career path. We start with an intense and progressive boot camp during your first month to maximize your didactic and clinical learning. After mastering the fundamental clinical skills, you will receive training in the subspecialties of anesthesia starting the latter part of first year and into second year.  This period includes rotations in pediatric anesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia, ambulatory anesthesia, regional anesthesia, pain medicine, post-anesthesia care, critical care and anesthesia for transplant. Your third year will be dedicated to your unique career path and training goals. You will have the opportunity to choose rotations based on your personal interests and have the option to dedicate time to research.

Throughout your clinical years, your education will be enhanced with the latest educational simulators and task trainers in our brand new Center for Virtual Care. In addition to our weekly didactic sessions, we also offer study groups for the anesthesia written board exams and practice sessions for the oral board exam. Our program also encourages research by offering protected time and reimbursement to attend conferences.

Finally, Sacramento region boasts countless cultural attractions, a vibrant culinary scene, over 200 wineries and vineyards, and an abundance of year-round outdoor activities. Our residents take advantage of the proximity of Lake Tahoe and San Francisco. Sacramento also offers many safe and affordable communities around the hospital that are ideal to raise a family.

Thank you for your interest in the UC Davis anesthesia program and we look forward to seeing you during your application process. 


Rajika Nanayakkara, M.D.
Brad Bachar, M.D.
Chief Residents 2014-2015
UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine