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Chief Residents’ Message

Chiefresidents2016Welcome from the Chief Residents in the Department of Anesthesiology, at the University of Florida!

We are a diverse program with residents from all parts of the country as well as nations across the globe. Twenty residency positions are available per year,­­ mainly categorical years, however, we do reserve some advanced spots for military personnel and candidates who have already completed an internship.

Our program trains residents not only to be exceptional clinicians, but also provides opportunities to work on research and/or quality improvement projects. Our large pool of faculty come from diverse backgrounds ranging from decades spent in academia to those experienced in private practice anesthesiology. As a result, our residents receive excellent training in all subspecialties of anesthesiology. Many of our faculty members are known nationally and internationally for their exemplary teaching which has won them awards, as well as their groundbreaking research and publishing careers.

Our primary training sites are UF Health,  include UF Health at Shands Hospital, The Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Hospital, UF Health Florida Surgical Center, and The Children’s Surgical Center. UF Health is currently amidst a moment of major growth and development.  The Florida Surgical Center is expanding with the addition of 4 new operating rooms and a new Children’s Surgical Center. A new tower at UF Health will be opening its doors in December 2017, essentially increasing the hospital size by nearly 33%. This new, state-­of-­the-­art building will be dedicated to patients undergoing cardiac, vascular, and neurosurgery. Currently, there are 35 operating rooms at the main UF Health Hospital, 4 interventional radiology suites, 3 cardiac catheterization labs, and 3 dedicated labor and delivery operating rooms, as well as anesthesia support for a very busy labor and delivery unit. Additionally, UF Health’s intensive care units include over 100 critical care beds, which provide ­­the opportunity for our anesthesiology residents to care for patients in several different ICU settings. The Malcom Randall VA Hospital, with over 10 operating rooms and its own surgical and cardiac intensive care unit, is one of the busiest surgical departments among VA hospitals across the country. In summary, we provide anesthesia for nearly 35,000 patients a year.

Life in Gainesville consists of year-­round outdoor activities, plenty of sunshine, and a relatively low cost of living. Gainesville is a family friendly, moderately sized city and the large university offers plenty of activities for residents. Major cities such as Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville, as well as world-­class beaches on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, are within a two-­hour drive. Since residents average three full weekends off per month at UF Health, there is time to enjoy much of what Florida has to offer.

Thank you for expressing interest in our residency program. We invite you to come see firsthand what UF Health has to offer you for your educational and personal growth endeavors.

Sincerely,

Meghan Brennan, MD
Robert Stoker, MD
Michael Kaminsky, DO