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Program Director Message

Welcome to the Program Director's letter of introduction to the Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

If you are visiting this website, you are most likely looking for a future in the specialty of Anesthesiology and the areas of sub-specialties associated with this exciting field. I would like to share a few thoughts about our program, the facilities and Oklahoma City.

Our residency has the proud history as being part of the oldest independent academic department of Anesthesiology in the USA.  In a recent publication from the Wood Library Museum this Department has been documented to have been started in the year 1930.Our Chair is Jane C. K. Fitch MD, an acknowledged national leader in the field of academia and the advocacy efforts for our specialty.  

Our current program is a categorical 12 resident per year program which has an internship year at the nearby Integris Baptist Medical Center. This internship is a unique "hands on" experience where the intern has the opportunity to directly work with Attendings in a state of the art facility. These interns are regularly visited by the Program Director at teaching sessions. The rotations are constructed around the areas of medicine that help prepare the intern to become a well trained   Anesthesiologist. During the intern year, a month is spent with the parent program for an introduction to anesthesia. We have been told by a former site visitor that - "this is one of best internship program in the country".

Our clinical years are situated at the OU Health Sciences Center which is located close to the beautiful Oklahoma State Capitol and next to the vibrant Bricktown District. The Health Sciences Center has seen a recent expansion of an extra-ordinary order with a new National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive Cancer Center, a new Surgery Center, the new Oklahoma Transplant Center, and a state of the art 22,000+ sq.ft. Simulation Center.  Our campus has the only Level One Trauma Unit in the state of Oklahoma. There are separate facilities for adults, children & women services, as well as VA patients. These facilities generate clinical volume which enables our residents to graduate our residency program ready to 'hit the ground running'.

All in-house calls are restricted to the mandated 16 hours with the following day off. In 2012, we instituted a night float system, which has been well received by residents and faculty. We have a structured didactic lecture system that is built around the curriculum set by the ABA/ASA and our residents have protected time to attend these sessions. In addition all our residents spend time in the simulation center on academic days going through various scenarios specifically created for progressive learning. The department has an active research division with the ability for residents to elect to do a Clinical scientist track in their CA 3 year. Every year the residents have multiple presentations at the National Anesthesia meetings. Residents get a textbook package second to none and are sent to one recognized review course in their senior year. In the PGY-2 and PGY-3 year, on campus, intensive review courses are held for the ABA Part 1A and ITE Exam, respectively. In addition the Health Sciences Center's Byrd Library has an excellent collection of electronic Anesthesia textbooks and journals easily accessible by our residents. The department generously contributed towards the exam fees incurred during residency. Our intent is not only to train superb anesthesiologists but to imbue in them the responsibility of representation and leadership in our specialty's advocacy efforts. Currently, there are fellowships in Pediatrics,  Pain Medicine and Neuroanesthesiology, as well as the planning for Obstetric Fellowship and Intensive Care Fellowships to follow.

Oklahoma City, the capitol of our state, has under gone tremendous growth in the past decade.OKC has a renowned zoo, art museums, a nationally acclaimed sports team yet still an easy commute to work. Crime is low and property prices are exceptional with excellent schools and a low cost of living. Oklahoma has many lakes for recreation and parks for biking and jogging. Located in the heartland of the country on the historic Route 66 - from our airport you can fly to both coasts, north or south very easily. The fore mentioned Bricktown District is very lively with restaurants and entertainment. The Chesapeake Arena, located in Bricktown, is the home to meteoric OKC Thunder NBA basketball team. The University of Oklahoma athletic teams are all in action at the nearby Norman campus. Truly OKC is a great place to live, work, and study!

The Residency Program we have here is exceptional because of the residents. We would like to add to this number with   young physicians who want to train to be outstanding anesthesiologists and leaders in our field. During our interview process, candidates have the opportunity to meet our current residents and their families over dinner so they have firsthand experience of the camaraderie of the program. The following day the interview will consist of touring the Health Sciences Center Campus and the INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. Our interviews are preceded by a presentation of the program and real estate presentation on Oklahoma City. The interviews are conducted by both faculty and residents with the hope that you may get to know more about us as we learn more about you.

I hope these few words have given you a better understanding of our program. We look forward to receiving your applications and hosting you for an interview.

Pramod K. Chetty MD