Combined Pediatrics and Anesthesiology

We are one of only five programs in the country that have a 5-year combined Pediatrics-Anesthesiology Residency Program that prepares trainees to be board certified in both specialties.

The first year of residency is devoted to pediatrics so you enter as a pediatrics intern with the categorical residents. The second year is spent in anesthesiology training as a PGY2 with the categorical anesthesia residents who are beginning anesthesia residency after a transitional first year. Years 3 through 5 are spent in both departments, six months in pediatrics and six months in anesthesiology each year (alternating every 3 months). Our program has two positions each year.


  • Integration across both programs all 5 years of training
    • Pediatric continuity clinic first 3 years, then final 2 years in either Pediatrics or Anesthesiology
    • Monthly Anesthesia simulation sessions
    • Attend resident retreats for both specialities
    • Attend social functions for both specialities
  • Diverse clinical exposure in multiple healthcare systems
    • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH)
    • Stanford Health Care (SHC)
    • Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VA)
    • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)

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Combined Peds and Anesthesiology Residents: Andrew Giustini, MD, PhD and Aidan Tait, MD

 I came to Stanford for residency because I wanted to learn how to take care of medically complex children in the OR, on the floor, and in the ICU. Stanford routinely takes care of some of the sickest children in the country. Something else I really appreciated about Stanford (that really sets it apart from other combined programs) is the learning environment and the collegial relationship between residents, fellows and attendings. Resident education and wellbeing are things that are really valued in both the Pediatrics and Anesthesia residencies. -Andrew Giustini, MD, PhD (Class of 2019)