Message from Chief Residents
Greetings from the Department of Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine!
We welcome you, and appreciate your interest in our program. We hope that this visit to our website will illustrate why we provide one of the most unique, comprehensive, and satisfying residency program experiences available. Our program was established and developed over the years by national and international leaders in all subspecialties of anesthesiology with the common goal of training the highest quality anesthesiologists possible.
Our residents train in one of the world's largest and most renowned centers for diverse, innovative and cutting-edge medical care, the Texas Medical Center. Here, you will find three medical schools, fifteen major hospitals, and three specialty institutions all within walking distance. Our hospitals are internationally-recognized leaders in cardiovascular and pediatric surgery, cancer, perioperative transplant, and trauma.
At Baylor College of Medicine, our anesthesiology residents rotate through these hospitals:
- Ben Taub Hospital: Ben Taub is Harris County's largest public hospital and one of the busiest Level One trauma hospitals in the country. Our residents rotate in the general/trauma/cardiovascular operating rooms and obstetric units performing over 14,000 anesthetic cases a year. Residents also rotate on Ben Taub's thriving acute pain service, providing invaluable regional anesthesia experience.
- Texas Heart Institute: Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's top centers for cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, THI provides BCM residents with unparalleled trainings in cardiac, intrathoracic noncardiac, and complex vascular anesthesia cases.
- St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital: St. Luke's is a world's leader in Cardiovascular Care, and home of the world's first successful heart transplant and first artificial heart implantation. BCM residents rotate in the cardiovascular and pulmonary critical care ICUs at St. Luke's.
- Texas Children's Hospital: Ranked in the top five pediatric institutions in the country by U.S. News and World Report, TCH provides our residents with invaluable experience in neonatal, general pediatric, and pediatric cardiovascular anesthesia. TCH consistently sees the highest volume of pediatric anesthesia cases in the country.
- MD Anderson Cancer Center: MD Anderson is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the top cancer hospital in the United States and one of the top cancer centers in the world. BCM residents rotate through its ICUs and its busy acute pain service there.
- Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center: The Houston VAMC is the largest VA hospital in the country. Our residents rotate through general/neuro/cardiac ORs here with a focus on the geriatric population. Residents also see patients and performing interventional pain procedures at the busy chronic pain clinic.
Our program has an incredibly diverse body of faculty anesthesiologists, ranging from the foremost specialty leaders in academic anesthesiology to veterans of the fast-paced, private practice model.
Academic and clinical excellence is expected from our graduates, and our passing rates for both the oral and written boards are greater than 95 percent -- well above the national average. Residents often accumulate enough cases to fulfill ACGME requirements before their final year of anesthesia training, thus allowing them to tailor their last year of training to their clinical interests. Furthermore, formal didactics are offered throughout each year of training, with accommodations made on each service for residents to attend. Your education and success as a lifelong physician scholar is our top priority.
Our department offers an array of clinical and basic science research opportunities. We have had many residents publish and present papers, abstracts and posters at national meetings. Residents have also gained clinical experiences in international anesthesia aid and disaster relief from various mission trips sponsored by our department faculties.
We recognize that life extends beyond the operating room, and we routinely host social events for our residents throughout each year. Whether it is a backyard barbeque party, relaxing at happy hour at nearby Rice Village or attending a Houston Astros baseball game, there are plenty of opportunities for residents of all levels to gather and socialize outside of the hospital.
Houston, Texas is one of the largest 'little' cities in the United States, and provides a wonderful metropolitan backdrop to explore in your spare time. Its affordability and vast options are what distinguish Houston. There are countless fantastic restaurants to satisfy any palate, and a shopping center around every corner. Houston is home to six professional sports teams, nineteen museums, and is a hub for theater arts and opera. Some residents buy homes in the surrounding neighborhoods, while others prefer apartments or town homes located within minutes from the Texas Medical Center. We are confident that given the chance to look, you will find a perfect place to call home.
At the completion of training, Baylor residents are well-prepared for the myriad of challenges that come with practicing anesthesiology. Some graduates pursue fellowship training and academic careers while others enter private practice. Many of our residents have secured the very top fellowship positions in the country as well as very competitive private practice appointments nationwide. With the support and education provided at Baylor, the possibilities for post-graduate practice are wide open.
We are excited about the opportunity to help you learn more about our program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. And, again, thank you for your interest in the Department of Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Chief Residents, Class of 2013-2014
Department of Anesthesiology
Baylor College of Medicine