Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 50,000 veterans in Southeast Texas. This state-of-the-art facility is a regional referral center that provides specialized diagnosis and treatment and has a full range of inpatient and outpatient services.
Approximately 5,000 anesthetics are performed each year in 12 operating rooms.
The training program emphasizes geriatric anesthesia and, in particular, anesthetic care for open-heart surgery; with training in intra-operative echocardiography; major vascular, thoracic, urologic, neurologic, orthopedic, ENT, eye, and plastic procedures. The Anesthesiology Service further provides anesthesia outside the operating rooms for electroconvulsive therapy, cardioversion and special radiologic procedures. The modern 18-bed PACU and the 16-bed SICU provide the residents with extensive experience in postoperative critical care. The faculty conducts didactic lectures, morbidity and mortality conferences, transesophageal echocardiography conference, and daily case discussions.
Residents also do a rotation in the chronic pain clinic. During the one month rotation, they get exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of multiple chronic pain conditions in the VA patient populations.