Anesthesia Chief Residents' Welcome

Welcome to the Stanford Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine! We are so excited that you are interested in learning about our residency program, and we want to highlight why we believe Stanford offers one of the top residency experiences in the country.

The breadth and depth of our clinical training prepares us to care for any patient imaginable. This training takes place at our four main locations: the academic medical center at Stanford University Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center), including its new hospital opening Fall 2019; the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Palo Alto; the county safety net hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Level 1 Trauma Center); and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital including its new hospital. We care for surgical patients undergoing heart, lung, liver transplants and pediatric congenital cardiac repairs; for critically ill patients in our medical, surgical, and cardiovascular ICUs; and for patients in need of the perioperative expertise of the regional, pain, perioperative, and obstetric anesthesia services. Our teachers are dedicated and inspiring faculty including master clinicians, renowned researchers, and international thought leaders.

The department invests in our education by fostering a wide variety of individual and interdisciplinary academic interests. All residents enjoy robust didactic offerings including a unique daily Libero lecture program for exam keyword review, as well as cutting-edge simulation sessions with the anesthesiologists who, quite literally, invented the field of medical simulation. Residents interested in research, quality improvement, or global health may dedicate months during their residency toward these pursuits with the department’s full support, or they may join a more formal research track through the Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine (FARM) program. We also offer combined residency training programs in medicine/ anesthesiology and pediatrics/ anesthesiology. Staying true to the ethos of innovation at Stanford, the Stanford Anesthesia Innovation Lab (SAIL) offers itself as a resource to residents as a medical device incubator and accelerator. Additionally, the Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab (AIM) develops innovative education, clinical informatics, and mobile computing projects, with the international Medicine X conference serving as Stanford's premier program on emerging technology and medicine, focusing on patient-centered innovation.

Additionally, resident well-being is a true priority. The Peer Support and Resiliency in Medicine Program (PRIME) was one of the first anesthesia wellness programs in the nation. Our local interns begin with monthly STARTplus program sessions throughout internship where they learn valuable skills for their internship and beyond, and in the first few months of residency there are two immersive overnight retreats for the CA-1 residents: a whitewater rafting and camping adventure on the South Fork of the American River and a meditation and mindfulness retreat at a resort in Santa Cruz. In a tradition started over twenty years ago, all residents enjoy an annual winter weekend retreat in Lake Tahoe to unwind and enjoy fresh powder while the faculty provides full clinical coverage. Our Diversity Council is robust and serves to engender an environment of inclusiveness. In the Gas Lounge, the dedicated anesthesia resident break area, you’ll find laughter, engaging conversation, and a space to bond with colleagues. Outside of the hospital, Stanford and Palo Alto are culturally rich, and the greater Bay Area is world-renowned for its perfect weather, great sports teams (go Warriors!), scenic views, delicious food, engaging people, latest technologies, and easy access to nature and outdoor activities, including hiking and surfing, making it attractive for families and single folks alike. See for yourself on instagram by following @stanfordanesthesia!

Anesthesiology training at Stanford will prepare you to manage any case you encounter, no matter how complex or challenging. Whether your future plans include private practice, academia, subspecialization, research, or global health, we have the resources and mentorship to help you achieve your goals.

We feel so fortunate for our postgraduate training and education here in this supportive, vibrant community at Stanford in sunny Palo Alto. We hope you’ll consider bringing your talents here!


Alexandra Ruan, Greg Atkinson, Ashley Black
Stanford Anesthesia Chief Residents 2019-2020
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