Residency program options

Applicants for the UNM residency program have one of two options. An applicant may apply for a spot in our categorical program where the incoming resident will complete the transitional year as well as their three advanced years at UNM, or they may apply for an advanced spot where only the latter three advanced years will be completed at UNM. In the latter option, residents must have completed an internship or transitional year elsewhere.

After finishing the internship year, the Clinical Anesthesia (CA) years will begin. Residents will begin with a one month orientation that will include closely supervised time in the OR, combined with multiple days of simulator practice.

CA-1 residents take few calls for the first month of their CA-1 year. After the first month, residents begin taking calls in regular rotation with other residents approximately 4-5, typically with one or two weekend calls per month. Most residents have 2-3 weekends off per month, unless they participate in the in-house or paid call. With paid call, residents may do a 12 or 24 hour shift, at approximately $40/hr.

OR days are divided into regular hospital days, late days, and call days. In the first year of anesthesiology training, the resident will be incrementally exposed to challenging surgical anesthetics. The first month is a 1:1 orientation period with close supervision and additional specialized daily didactic sessions. Human simulation is introduced to aid in their professional training. The majority of the first year is spent in the main operating room of the University Hospital. However, resident will also rotate through obstetrics and the Outpatient Center. Additional subspecialty months during the CA1 year include airway, neuroanesthesia and acute pain service.

In the second year of anesthesiology training, the resident will be required to complete his or her subspecialty rotations. Typically, a resident will gain knowledge and experience in pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, and postoperative care units, critical care, advanced airway management, and pain management.

The CA3 year is designed to allow the resident to practice in a more independent fashion, to experience more complicated and advanced cases, to hone in on areas of importance or weakness, to participate in research, and to deepen knowledge through special projects and advanced didactics. The CA3 resident can choose from various rotations during the senior year, depending on individual goals. Most subspecialty rotations are available, in addition to the advanced clinical track and the clinical scientist track. These are arranged in conjunction with the program director in the spring of the CA2 year. The CA3 resident is also expected to complete an academic project during the senior year. The choices include grand rounds presentations, scholarly works, and traditional research.