Iryna Chugaieva, MD, Chief Resident
Born and raised in Ukraine, matching at a program that is rooted in diversity was one of my top priorities. I am incredibly happy to have matched at the University of Minnesota. Since my match, I began to realize that the notion of diversity can also be applied to enrich graduate medical education.
Anesthesiologists are in a unique position to become leaders, innovators, master clinicians, as well as experts in and out of the operating room. The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota recognizes that a multifaceted approach to training is key to achieve this, and has subsequently implemented a comprehensive model to its residency program.
1- Clinically, anesthesiology residents at the University of Minnesota serve a remarkably diverse patient population, and ultimately graduate with an extensive experience dealing with life-threatening pathology in the OR and the ICU’s, complex subspecialty cases, performing an impressive number of advanced regional blocks, etc.
2- Formal education is based on a wide variety of learning modalities: in-person didactics, echocardiography, standardized simulations, regional workshops, journal clubs, online courses etc.
3- Continuous education: The program is in the process of developing opportunities for its residents to pursue graduate courses leading up to certificates or Master’s degrees.
4- Training-leaders is another priority. Opportunities include, but are not limited to: Resident Leadership Academy, involvement in residency program and/or graduate medical education committees, spearheading internal projects.
5- All residents are involved in a wide variety of scholarly activity and research (lab-based, simulation, and clinical trials etc.).
6- Resident-innovators: Some of our residents and alumni have been directly involved with the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota.
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Thank you for your interest in our residency program! All residents, myself included, are proud to belong to such a rich and diverse place. The strength of our program is reflected by our graduates. The number of graduates who choose to pursue a fellowship or become an attending staff is a testament to the collegial and positive work environment.
Joshua Hayden, MD, Chief Resident
The depth of our clinical training prepares us to not only become successful, but care for any patient imaginable. When considering where to train for residency, this idea was the focal point of my decision. Additionally, the ability to learn from such distinguished and dedicated faculty, invested in the development and education of the residents, made the U of M an obvious choice. A native of the Midwest, I found the University of Minnesota to be a perfect fit. I was ecstatic to learn I would call Minnesota my home; the abundance of opportunities, not only academic, but leisure, are boundless. The Anesthesiology Department, with its collegial and supportive culture, truly makes for an incredible training environment, ensuring the success of residents well after graduation. The quality of education combined with clinical confidence, has further enabled me to pursue fellowship and continue my training in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. As chief resident, I am honored to serve and represent my remarkably dedicated and talented fellow residents. I will continue to build upon the already robust educational and clinical tradition, while maintaining the commitment to excellence here at the University of Minnesota.