Residency Program

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The Anesthesiology Residency Program consists of a diverse family of residents who contribute significantly to the quality of care provided for a broad patient population base at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. In order to provide a wide-ranging experience, our residents rotate through five different hospitals:

Our residency training program draws its strength from the scope of hands-on experience offered, the faculty’s depth of knowledge our drive to improve the field of medicine and the lives of our patients. Exceptional education is acquired in a collegial, family-friendly culture that offers many professional and personal advantages.

Students may intern at our medical school through a partnership with Hennepin County Medical Center, or they may apply for an advanced (CA) position here and set up an internship at another accredited program. This allows students to work with different colleagues, faculty and systems and to explore another community, if they desire.

Resident Interviews

During the recent resident interview season, we polled nearly 120 applicants on what makes the University of Minnesota Anesthesiology Residency a competitive and desirable program. The feedback included: 
  1. The quality and diversity of cases including early exposure to sub-specialty training. 
  2. Academic reputation and leadership support and investment in research during and after residency, other academic pathways and post-residency fellowship placement. 
  3. Positive and supportive culture, engagement in resident well-being, and balanced work/life schedules.

Resident & Fellow Resources

For mental health resources, well-being tools and other support resources, click here.


Program Director

fromerWelcome to the University of Minnesota Anesthesiology Residency! We are excited to show you who we are and what we are about.

A little about me, I am an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist. I am originally from the Midwest but lived in NYC for several years prior to moving back to the Midwest after my husband and I finished our training. We loved the idea of Minneapolis with all the amenities of a big city combined with amazing outdoor activities as well as a wonderful place to call home and raise a family. I love working at the University of Minnesota because we are more than colleagues, we are a family.

- Ilana Fromer, MD


To provide the best possible learning environment, our 10-resident program is large enough to be comprehensive, yet small enough for one-on-one interaction with all faculty. Our department size and philosophy encourages close working relationships. Each resident has two faculty advisors for both professional and personal support. Residents are encouraged to help each other learn, rather than compete, and eventually become teachers themselves within the program.

Our didactic program includes lectures, simulation sessions, problem-based learning sessions, reading seminars, web-based educational programs, TTE/TEE curriculum, journal clubs, board reviews and mock orals, work-shops, quality improvement projects, practice management curriculums and other activities where our residents attain an extensive knowledge base of anesthesiology practice as a whole.

Each resident is expected to demonstrate scholarship by participating in scholarly activities, including research projects, quality improvement projects, educational projects etc. For a resident specifically interested in pursuing scholarship of discovery as an essential component of their future career, we have developed a resident researcher pathway, which allows the resident to participate in more extensive original research that advances knowledge.

Every year, two talented residents are supported by the department chair and the residency program director to participate in Resident Leadership Academy. The program, developed by the Graduate Education Office, develops future physician leaders.

Clinical Training

From neonates to geriatrics, from populations with genetic disorders to transplant patients, we care for a diverse patient population, drawn from a large geographic area. Their medical needs may be simple or complex, involving surgery, regional anesthesia, acute and chronic pain management and intensive care unit patient care, giving our residents a broad-based learning experience. We expose residents to perioperative surgical home, outpatient surgery environment, enhanced recovery after surgery protocols and much more.

Our emphasis on a well-balanced education includes training with the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) staff. This provides valuable experience with a care team model prevalent in many parts of the U.S.

Residents complete their clinical base year at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The year is designed to provide broad education in medical disciplines relevant to anesthesiology. The transitional program director and core residency program director collaborate continuously to create an excellent experience for our interns, including a month spent in our main operating rooms.

We respect our residents' personal time, and recognize the importance of a balanced life. Reasonable hours and regular schedules make our program a good fit for residents with families and other commitments.


Ultrasound Workshops: All the ultrasound workshops except the heart dissection lab use the ultrasound machines on a live person and look at the system that they are focusing on.

Lung: The lung ultrasound workshop involves pre workshop e learning and on the day of the workshop the participants will use low and high frequency ultrasound probes to image the lungs on healthy volunteers. At the end of the workshop the participants will learn about the blue points, lung sliding, identifying and ruling out pneumothorax, A and B lines and looking for pleural effusions.

Gastric: The gastric ultrasound workshop involves pre workshop e learning and on the day of the workshop the participants will learn how to image the stomach in the supine and lateral positions and to assess gastric volume on live volunteers.

Airway: The airway workshop includes pre workshop e learning. On the day of the workshop participants will use high frequency ultrasound probes to image and identify thyroid cartilage, cricoid cartilage, tracheal rings, cricothyroid membrane and the cervical esophagus.

FAST Exam: Make use of the ultrasound and a live person to practice the FAST exam. (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma). Teaching the learner to quickly identify potential problems with the heart and abdominal organs.

Heart Dissection Lab: Learners are guided through a dissection of a pig heart to identify anatomy while looking at sample images of ultrasounds to see the relationship between what is on the screen versus the physical heart. The participants will also learn how to correlate echocardiographic views and anatomy on the pig heart. We will also have a cardiac surgeon who will walk us through the usual sites for cannulation and different approaches to cardiac surgical procedures on the pig heart.

Additional Benefits

TrueLearn Subscription

The department funds a 4-year subscription to the TrueLearn SmartBanks (Qbank) exam prep for all residents. This site will prepare you for ABA in-training exam, Basic Boards and ADV boards.


The department will fully fund all expenses for you to present at the Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference Conference during your CA-1 year. Our residents consistently perform well at MARC - see the list of 2022 awardees from our department. We also pay for MSA and ASA yearly subscriptions.