Message From The Program Director
Welcome to the University of Illinois Anesthesiology website and to the exciting field of anesthesiology. We are happy you are considering a career in this fascinating and rewarding specialty. The mission of our Department is to provide clinical care of the highest quality, to teach and train succeeding generations of new anesthesiologists, and to conduct research to improve and advance the specialty. All surgical specialties are represented in the program, giving our residents a breadth and depth of clinical exposure that will prepare them for either private practice or academic careers. We also have clinical rotations at sites away from the main University hospital that allow our residents to see firsthand anesthesia practice in non-academic settings. The didactic curriculum is extensive and offered daily in the form of a variety of conferences that address anesthetic management, essential anesthesia knowledge, pharmacology, basic science, and anatomy and physiology. All residents, at the beginning of their intern year, receive an iPad from the department to use during the remainder of their training. Whether using the iPad for reading e-textbooks and articles, accessing electronic medical records, or providing point of care teaching to patients and students, our residents are constantly finding new ways to employ this device in their education and clinical work.
What is the work of an anesthesiologist like? Every day, we administer anesthesia for patients undergoing surgery, we provide state-of-the-art postoperative pain therapy, we treat patients with chronic pain, we respond to cardiac arrests and assist in airway management, and we practice critical care medicine in all of the hospital’s intensive care units. Anesthesiologists can be found throughout the hospital, all day and every day, giving sedation to the claustrophobic patient in the MRI suite, providing anesthesia in the cath lab for an infant undergoing cardiac catheterization, evaluating patients in our preoperative clinic so they can safely undergo anesthesia and surgery, and tutoring patients on lifestyle changes that can improve the quality and length of their lives. We are everywhere, meeting new challenges, and having an impact on patient care and patient safety.
We encourage you to apply to the program, and to explore this website to learn more about what we have to offer. Check out particularly the Residency section and the Chicago Life section to learn about what work and play might be like if you were to join our dynamic and diverse Department located in a great American city. To see our current residents, click on Current Residents. Click on their names to see a picture and a brief biography. To see what they have to say about the program, click on What Our Residents Say. To see what their daily life is like, click on this Video.