About the Program
Program director: Michael Dishart, MD
Program length: 4 years (PGY1-PGY4)
Residents per year: 11
Our Anesthesiology Residency Training Program consists of 3 years of clinical anesthesiology (CA-1, CA-2, and CA-3) with subspecialty and/or research rotations that provide a balance between didactic and clinical experiences.
Before entering the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program, a Clinical Base Year (Postgraduate Year 1; PGY 1) must be completed. The Department of Anesthesiology participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for entrance into the CA-1 year level of training.
The enthusiastic physician faculty members come from a diversity of clinical and educational backgrounds, ensuring that residents have a rich educational experience.
The training continuum provides comprehensive experience in the management of patients in all surgical subspecialties, critical care medicine, pain management, postanesthesia care, and ambulatory anesthesia, while also preparing the resident for a broad range of practice opportunities and fellowships in anesthesiology.
Graduates of the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program are eligible to participate in the examination system of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Special Program Features
Each house officer may attend one major educational meeting during each of the three years of the residency (CA-1 to CA-3). The yearly educational allowance will cover expenses to most meetings in the United States. Alternatively, residents may use this educational allowance to purchase reading or computer educational material.
Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography Teaching
The Anesthesiology Departments at West Penn Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital have a strong focus on 2-D and 3-D intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (IOE). Faculty who perform IOE and teach anesthesiology residents are testamurs of the Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography Examination or are board-certified by the National Board of Echocardiography.
The IOE service is provided exclusively by anesthesiologists at West Penn and Allegheny General hospitals. Faculty members have participated in preparing the national written examination for perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and regularly give lectures at national and international meetings on the subject of intraoperative echocardiography.
Residents have ample opportunity to learn IOE from faculty members during their cardiac and dedicated TEE rotations.
Simulation is an important part of the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program. From the first days through the completion of the 3-year residency, Anesthesiology residents will find that learning through simulation is essential. Simulations are conducted using resources of the STAR Center, which is located in the West Penn Hospital School of Nursing building.
Apply to our Anesthesiology Residency Program using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) through your medical school. The following documents are required for an application to be reviewed by the Resident Selection Committee:
- Letter from medical school dean
- Medical school transcript
- Test scores: national board, COMLEX or USMLE (both sides)
- Personal statement
- Three (3) current letters of recommendation
- ECFMG certificate and FMGEMS (if applicable)
After the application has been reviewed, the applicant will be notified when an interview will be scheduled.
Allegheny General Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology
320 E North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212