Unique Aspects of our Program

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Combined Pathway Program

The combined pathway program was developed to help residents early in their career to attain additional knowledge and skillsets that would enable them to become more competitive on a national level. Additional skill sets such as an MHA, MBA, or Masters in Education or Clinical Research would help create physician leaders and innovators to address the challenges in the field of Anesthesiology and healthcare in general.

One of our residents is already in the MHA program and one resident has been accepted into the MBA program. We work with the various schools to accommodate their courses within the rigors of the Anesthesiology Residency program.

M Simulation

m simulationSpring 2020, the University of Minnesota Simulation Center moved to its new home in the Health Sciences Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to transform health education in Minnesota. The center spans the 5th and 6th floor of the building. Our very own Dr. Mojca Remskar is the medical director of the Simulation Center. The CA-1s and CA-2 & CA-3s have a separate simulation curriculum with multiple all-resident simulations such as difficult airway simulations and regional anesthesia simulations throughout the academic year.

Elective Opportunities

Not only do we provide experience and rotations in all domains of anesthesiology but we also have a wide range of elective opportunities including a rotation at our ambulatory surgery center, international experience and global health medicine, practice management rotation where our residents can learn how to effectively manage the OR schedule and board as well as practice supervising residents and CRNAs. We also have numerous teaching opportunities and the opportunity to create an education elective for those particularly interested in medical education.

Research Track

The American Board of Anesthesiology does allow time during the residency program to accommodate research for those residents who wish to embark on an academic research career. Currently, we work with individual residents and create programs that include mentoring, research time, resources, and courses that are tailored to their specific needs and interests. The intent is to provide residents with a skill set that would make them successful in a research-oriented career.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

ICU Experience

At the University of Minnesota, we believe training in critical care is essential to being a strong anesthesiologist capable of caring for the sickest and most complicated of patients. Because of this, we have our residents do 6 total months total of critical care rotation (both SICU and CVICU) where many of our own faculty work as the attendings intensivist in the unit. In fact, in the CVICU we only have anesthesiology trained intensivists leading our resident education and curriculum.

Didactic Time

We believe that our resident education should be protected both within and outside of the operating room. Not only do we ensure that our residents are a priority and their education never be compromised in the OR, but we also ensure they have protected didactic time which is why they are relieved from their OR duties at 3 pm daily in order to attend their didactic sessions including journal clubs, lectures, PBLDs, simulations, and more.

Role of CRNAs

We have an excellent relationship with the CRNAs in our department and function together as a team. The CRNAs ensure that all our trainees receive a morning and afternoon break from their clinical responsibilities as well as a 30 min lunch break every day. They also allow our residents to be relieved at 3 pm daily in order to ensure they can be present for their protected didactic time. We work with our CRNAs as a team when on call and they are also extremely helpful when it comes to learning the ins and outs of OR and out of OR set up and the locations of equipment and necessary devices.

Global Health Experience

global healthDr. Zupfer is currently a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist faculty member who did her pediatric anesthesiology fellowship and anesthesiology residency at the University of Minnesota.

“As a pediatric anesthesia fellow, I traveled to India for a two-week rotation at Narayana Health, a multispecialty hospital located in "Health City" on the outskirts of Bangalore. Pediatric patients come here from all over India and surrounding countries for advanced cardiac surgery. During my time in India I had the opportunity to work with 5 different pediatric cardiac surgeons, who performed up to 10 surgeries per day, collectively. In addition to participating in the anesthetic care of these patients, I joined the cardiac anesthesiology fellows for daily lectures on Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE). In all, it was an amazing learning experience that I will never forget.”

Where Residents Went to Medical School

Residents' medical schools range from regional to international universities, including the University of Washington, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida State University College of Medicine, and Universidad CES Escuela de Medicina.

Where They Are Going to Fellowships/Working

Class Fellowships Academic Private
2014 3 2 (UMN) 2
2015 3 1 (UMN) 2
2016 4 1 (UMN) 1
2017 3 2 (UMN) 1
2018 2 0 4
2019 6 0 2
2020 5 0 1
  53% 9% 38%

2020-2021
Trauma Anesthesiology: Shock Trauma, University of Maryland
Regional Anesthesiology: University of Virginia
Cardiac Anesthesiology: University of Minnesota

2019-2020
Cardiac Anesthesiology: University of Colorado
Cardiac Anesthesiology: University of Southern California
Cardiac Anesthesiology: University of Minnesota
Pain Medicine: University of Colorado
Regional Anesthesiology: Virginia Mason Medical Center

2018-2019
Cardiac Anesthesiology: University of Minnesota
Pain Medicine: University of Minnesota
Cardiac Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine: Columbia University
Critical Care Medicine: University of Minnesota

Residency Benefits

Food Allowance
Each resident involved in clinical duties will receive a Fairview meal card at the start of their CA1 academic year. The dollar amount will be determined by the number of call days the department designates to the resident.

Parking
The department currently provides contract parking for residents during their CA1 through CA3 year, on both the East and West Bank.

rec wellRecreation and Wellness Center
Located on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank Campus, the new 400,000 square foot facility serves more than 6,000 patrons on an average weekday and hosts a wide range of amenities.

Vacation & LOA (parental leave)
The American Board of Anesthesiology allows residents to take up to 12 weeks of sick/vacation/leave over the course of CA1 through CA3 year. Standard leave is sectioned by 3 weeks of vacation and 1 week of sick per academic year. Additional leave is approved by the ABA and Anesthesiology Department including parental or emergency leave.

Academic/Conference stipend per year
Residents will receive $1000 per academic year (not including intern year) for educational and education-related travel expenses (carryover of unused funds will apply). Residents are allowed up to five (5) working days per AY to attend scientific meetings or conferences that will be counted as clinical time (resident must be a presenter). 

ITE Incentive Policy
Resident academic achievement incentives policy.

  • CA1: Rewarded an additional $750 education fund bonus if resident attains a scaled score equal to or above the 75th percentile on the basic component of the ABA in-training exam.
  • CA2: Rewarded an additional $2,000 education fund bonus if resident attains a scaled score equal to or above the 75th percentile on the ABA in-training exam. Resident scaled scores above the 50th percentile will be awarded an additional $500 education fund bonus.
  • All residents actively presenting (poster, oral presentations, etc.) at a major meeting will be allowed an additional $1,000 per year for travel expenses.

Residents are required to participate in MARC during their CA1 year. The department covers all conference expenses including registration, airfare, hotel, etc. (when in person conferences take place).