Internship: The Clinical Base Year

Our residency is a four-year training program and we provide an internship to our applicants. Interns begin their anesthesiology didactic experience after taking the in-training exam.  There is an ABA basic exam lecture series geared to interns and junior residents to prepare for the first part of the ABA board certification process.

Available rotations

  • Anesthesiology:
  • Anesthesiology, Psychiatry,
  • Family Medicine Clinic, Radiology,
  • Transfusion Medicine (Pathology), Rheumatology

    Intensive care:
  • Trauma-Surgery ICU
  • Medicine ICU
  • Ward rotations:
  • Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery
  • Family Medicine Inpatient
  • Consult rotations:
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Nephrology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medicine Consult
  • Emergency Medicine:
  • Adult ER or Pediatric ER
  • Obstetrics:
  • Labor & Delivery

The internship is an integral part of the 48-month curriculum and is designed to provide our residents with a comprehensive experience in all medical disciplines relevant to perioperative medicine. Core rotations are selected to give a solid background for subsequent training in clinical anesthesiology.

The intern year consists of 13 four-week rotations. At present, our interns complete two intensive care rotations, four inpatient ward rotations and two consult rotations in addition to spending four weeks in one of our emergency rooms (pediatric or adult) and four weeks on the labor and delivery unit. There are eight weeks set aside for electives. While most of the rotations are on-site at the University Hospital, there are a few opportunities to work at the VA.

We coordinate this popular program with other departments. The Program Director maintains oversight for rotations on the services that are used for the Clinical Base Year. While rotating through various services, our interns get to know the hospital and the facilities and build a collegial relationship with other residents. Throughout the year, the residency program director, the assistant program director, and the program coordinator maintain contact with the interns and meet periodically to discuss their progress, their experiences, and any concerns they may have. The interns are part of our program and are welcome at any of the educational and social events organized by our residency program and our department.

We require our interns to pass USMLE Step 3 by the end of the CA-1 year; however, we encourage them to take it sooner. If they take it before the end of the intern year, the department pays the examination fee.