Stanford Combined Internal Medicine/Anesthesiology Residency

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Stanford Resident Experience 2020

Contacts in the Combined Medicine/Anesthesia Program

  • Marianne Chen M.D.
    Associate Program Director
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine
    Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Andrea Jonas M.D.
    Associate Program Director
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Department of Medicine

The Medicine-Anesthesia Residency Program

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Program Information

The combined internal medicine-anesthesia residency is seeking applicants with outstanding clinical abilities who show potential to be leaders in internal medicine and anesthesiology.  

Our program aims to train physicians who are excellent in two independent fields of medicine. Graduates are board-eligible in both specialties. Residents in this combined program are fully-included members of both departments including mentoring, research, global health opportunities, resident colleagues, department retreats, etc. 

The structure of our program is as prescribed by the ABA and ABIM guidelines. PGY1 year is spent entirely on medicine rotations.  PGY2 year consists of all anesthesia rotations.  During PGY3-5 years, a resident alternates between 3 months of medicine rotations and 3 months of anesthesia rotations.

PGY1s in the combined program participate in once a month online module: the Stanford Successful Transition to Anesthesia Residency Training (START) program along with the other anesthesia interns (

Residents in the combined program continue to have an IM primary care continuity clinic throughout the five year residency.

Vacation time is taken proportionally equal to time spent in each residency in a given year.

Residents are encouraged to attend all teaching conferences for both departments regardless of which department they are rotating through. They are expected to attend one teaching conference in each specialty at least once per month. Medicine teaching conferences include daily resident reports and noon teaching conferences, as well as weekly grand rounds. Anesthesia conferences include weekly grand rounds, the 15 minute lectures offered daily, and the 4-530 pm weekly didactic lectures.

Residents in the combined program take written exams for both residencies. Residents take the medicine In-Training Exam (ITE) on an annual basis, and the anesthesia ITE on an annual basis starting in PGY-2.

Residents participate in simulation programs provided by the both departments. Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM) and EVOLVE take anesthesia residents through various crisis scenarios in the operating room. SCARED and SMART train medicine residents to deal with a variety of code and pre-code situations in the hospital.

ACGME, ABA, and ABIM Program Requirements for Combined Residency

Financial Information

Department-specific benefits apply to the time which is spent in that department. As an example, below is list of monies/stipends anesthesia residents receive:


Alumni / Current Residents

Sample Schedule

Stanford University Hospital 9 7 8 8 8
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care 2 2 3 3 3
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center 2 2 1 1 1
Lucile-Packard Children's Hospital* 0 2 1 1 1

Sample schedule for a combined medicine/anesthesia resident by year

Medicine wards (any site) 24
Nights 4
ICU (VA) 4
Oncology inpatient 4
General cardiology inpatient 4
Geriatrics elective 2
CCU/Heart Failure 2
Other electives 8