Dr. James Feld
Residency Recruitment Coordinator
The University of Illinois Anesthesiology Residency Program continues as one of the leading programs in the country. Our residents’ high ranking on their board scores following their final year, their satisfaction with their teaching/learning environment, and their great job opportunities clearly give evidence to this. Our residents have easily found fellowship and attending positions with major universities, as well as coveted opportunities in private hospitals.
How did we achieve such an enviable position and more importantly, what do we do to maintain it? It stems from realizing there are two areas in which our residents need to excel. First, hands-on patient care in which they combine excellent clinical judgment with outstanding clinical skills and insightful interpersonal skills. Secondly, a complete knowledge base, which is a foundation for medical practice and also assures success on the board exams. Without either of these, a resident’s education is incomplete.
Much of our success stems from the varying backgrounds of our faculty. All of our attending physicians are board-certified and about a third are also board-certified in other specialties. These include medicine, pediatrics, intensive care, and genetics. Their training comes from as far away as Harvard, Yale, University of California-San Francisco, Emory University, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and the Mayo Clinic. Also included on our staff are several PhDs, an MD/JD, and well-recognized names in particular areas of anesthesia research.
Just as important as the credentials of our staff is their devotion to the department and our residents. Experiences like nights out for sushi with the residents or having a small group over to a faculty member’s home really bring a more cohesive feeling and spirit of camaraderie to our department.
This website will briefly describe our program and the clinical sites. We try to find the right combination of didactics, patient care, research, self-learning, conferences, workshops, and time away from anesthesiology. The field of anesthesiology is exciting and challenging, but at times it’s a stressful profession. It is important to those of us who help mold future anesthesiologists that we help them keep the other parts of their lives in perspective while they progress through our residency program.
Photos by Sebastian Ruehlmann, M.D.