Pediatrics and Anesthesia

In July 2011 we proudly launched a combined residency in pediatrics and anesthesiology. This five year program combines educational opportunities in both specialties and prepares the trainee to be board certified in both pediatrics and anesthesiology. The first year of residency is devoted almost entirely to pediatrics so you enter this program as a pediatric intern with the categorical residents. The second year is spent almost entirely in anesthesiology training as a PGY2 with the categorical anesthesia residents who are beginning anesthesia residency after a transitional internship. Years 3 through 5 are spent in both departments, six months in pediatrics and six months in anesthesiology each year (alternating every 3 months).


General Timeline:

  • PGY1 Year – Pediatrics
  • PGY2 Year – Anesthesiology
  • PGY3-5 Years – Alternating Pediatrics and Anesthesiology (every 3 months)


Connected to Both Specialties all 5 Years:

  • Pediatrics – Continue to have Continuity Clinic with other Peds Anesthesia Residents all 5 years
  • Anesthesia – Enjoy monthly simulation sessions with Anesthesia residents
  • Attend Retreats for both specialties all years
  • Stay involved with social functions in both programs


Current Residents (now 2 residents/year):

  • PGY1: Andrew Giustini and Jewel Sheehan
  • PGY2: Erin Connor and Jason Reminick
  • PGY3: Gavin Hartman and Adam Was
  • PGY4: Mary Lyn Stein


Why consider the combined Pediatrics-Anesthesia Residency Program?

Per Ethan Lance Sandford, MD in “Pediatrics-Anesthesia Combined Residency Training:  An Applicant’s Perspective” in Boston Children’s Anesthesia-Analgesia:

“The ability to explore new, divergent career options was the ultimate reason for my application to combined programs.  Medical students are often reminded of the tedium of redundant tasks and paperwork associated with a medical career.  Combined training holds the promise of adding flexibility and divergent daily work for physicians who value those attributes.  Fields such as pediatric sedation and pain services or novel fields yet to fully emerge could be an ideal match for dual-trained physicians.  Additionally, there is the possibility of mixing tracts in unique ways such as pediatric critical care and pain medicine or pediatric anesthesiology and hospitalist care.  It is easy to imagine a dual-trained physician working one-on-one with a patient in the preoperative clinic one day, the operating room the next, and rounding with a multidisciplinary team in the recovery room, ward, or intensive care unit in the same patient’s hospital stay.  I think there will be a growing subset of applicants excited by the opportunity to use different parts of their “minds and hands” more often and interact with a broad group of colleagues.

Match data and proliferation of programs indicate that quality applicants are interested in and applying to combined pediatrics-anesthesia residency programs. Blending these applicants with premium training in pediatrics and anesthesiology should create capable physicians able to approach health care needs with unique perspectives.”



The philosophy of the Combined Pediatrics - Anesthesiology Residency Program at Stanford is to teach pediatric medicine and anesthesiology by providing a broad-based exposure to the field through an optimal balance between general and subspecialty pediatrics, anesthesiology, and critical care.  We are committed to integrating service and education by offering:

  • Comprehensive inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences
  • Multiple interfaces between research and clinical care
  • Diverse opportunities for child advocacy 

The mission of our training program is to educate physicians who will be prepared at the end of their training to become leaders in the fields of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology as clinicians, teachers, researchers, and advocates. We do this by stimulating and developing:

  • Excellence and responsibility in patient care
  • Critical thinking and questioning
  • Technical competence
  • Sound medical judgment and professional integrity
  • Commitment to self-directed and life-long learning