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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Message from Chief Residents


Chief Residents 2013-2014

Hello and welcome to the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine residency program. We are excited to share with you some of the unique characteristics of our program that makes UC Davis Health System an excellent place to become 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. We have an excellent track record of matching residents into some of the most competitive anesthetic subspecialties, and this year was not an exception. Half of our 2012-2013 graduating class will be going onto fellowships in cardiothoracic, pediatric, critical care, and regional/acute pain subspecialties.     

Your time at UC Davis Health System will provide you with exposure to every aspect of advanced clinical anesthesia and its specialties.  Through its recent massive expansion to include a new emergency department, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, and burn intensive care units, a post anesthesia care unit, and 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms, UC Davis Health System  has evolved into the leading referral center for the most medically and surgically complex cases in a region covering thirty-three counties. UC Davis Health System is also the only level 1 trauma center for both adult and pediatric emergencies in the inland Northern California area. This gives our residents training in anesthetic and critical care management for an impressive variety of advanced subspecialty procedures. Residents also rotate at our outpatient same day surgery center where we become very proficient on conducting peripheral nerve blocks. We 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 next to the 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.

Beginning in the 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 helping you choose a career path. We start with an intensive boot camp for month one to maximize your didactic and clinical learning. After mastering the fundamental clinical skills during your first year, you will receive training in the subspecialties of anesthesia during your second year. This 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. 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 stimulators 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, the 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 also 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.        


Alison Nielsen
Amir Amini
Chief Residents 2013-2014
UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine