Jake Barnes, MD, Chief Resident
The University of Minnesota anesthesia residency provides operating room clinical exposures and experiences that would rival any program in the country. I accepted a private practice anesthesia position out of state doing general, pediatrics, cardiac, neurosurgery, regional, and obstetrics anesthesia and feel confident in my ability in all of these areas with my residency experience here. Many residents choose to pursue fellowships and match at nationally competitive programs. Our department and hospital systems prioritize providing resident relief from the operating room so they have time to study, perform research, or enhance their training in other ways. This allows every resident to cater their experience and get the most out of their training.
My family is my top priority and much of my time outside of residency is enjoyed with my wife and three children. Every residency will be challenging on families, but the University of Minnesota anesthesia residency is, what I would consider, a "family friendly" program. Many of our residents are able to have happy home lives despite the demands of residency. I also enjoy exercising, watching sports, and playing golf.
I am honored to have been chosen by my peers and staff as a chief resident this year and will seek to serve our residents and promote our program. The major changes for this upcoming year I anticipate are accommodating to the increased size of our resident classes, improvement of our formal education curriculum, and enhancement of our clinical rotation schedule.
Blake Umberham, DO, Chief Resident
Growing up in Oklahoma, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into when my family decided to move to Minnesota for residency. At first I thought I was moving to a frozen tundra, but soon I learned about the incredible city, culture, and charisma Minneapolis/StPaul has to offer.
What I love most about the U is the dedication to residents' learning and a genuine commitment to assist residents excel in their professional endeavors. With a wide range of diseases and levels of acuity, we are prepared to provide safe anesthesia in all environments (all while maintaining a good work/life balance). Our staff anesthesiologists are heterogeneous coming from all over the United States and some internationally. This allows the residents to learn a variety of ways to provide anesthesia. Next year, I’ll be completing a fellowship at U of M in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology and cannot wait to continue learning from the cardiac staff who has invested in me over the past 2-3 years.
As for my final year in residency, I hope to continue to grow our program with our increased number of residents and further foster a residency that truly cares about the development, both personally and professionally, of all our residents. Thank you for considering the University of Minnesota and Go Gophers!