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Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care & Pain Medicine Education Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care & Pain Medicine Residency

Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care & Pain Medicine Residency

Michael C. Wajda - Residency Director

Michael C. Wajda

Residency Director

Faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine are committed to providing the highest quality of residency training and patient care in a collegial atmosphere that stimulates and nurtures professional and personal development. Our three-year residency program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, emphasizes a high level of scholarship and independent thought as well as clinical competence.

We offer residents comprehensive didactic education and opportunities to conduct basic and clinical research in areas such as patient outcomes, anesthesiology mechanisms, cardiac muscle pathophysiology, local anesthetic action, regional anesthesia, cognitive impairment, and pain management.

Throughout the program, we stress the relationship between research and clinical practice management, resulting in outstanding performance on the in-training examinations and the BASIC and ADVANCED portions of board certification. Our graduates hold positions at some of the most prestigious medical institutions throughout the country, and several have become department chairs and clinical leaders.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Trainees in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine receive a comprehensive education that prepares them to become strong clinicians and researchers.

We invite you to visit our department, see our facilities, talk with our residents and faculty, and allow us to participate in your education.

Residency Training

Over 80 house staff members and more than 200 attendings work together in a friendly atmosphere of teaching and supervision. As of July 1, 2021, our training program will accept 32 residents each year, split between our Manhattan and Brooklyn tracks. For continuity, each resident begins training under the supervision of a single attending.

Manhattan track residents are primarily based at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion or NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. They also complete several rotations at the Manhattan campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. Brooklyn track residents are primarily based at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn and also rotate through the four Manhattan-based hospitals listed above. This provides our residents the widest possible experience in patient care and management.

First-Year Clinical Anesthesiology

Our first-year clinical anesthesiology residents (CA-1), start with a month of general cases under the direct supervision of a mentor. This is followed by rotations through anesthesiology subspecialties, including cardiothoracic anesthesia, neurosurgical anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, critical care medicine, pain medicine, pre-surgical testing clinic and recovery room.

Second-Year Clinical Anesthesiology

Our second-year clinical anesthesiology residents (CA-2), are encouraged to develop a clearer picture of their career plans. During this time, they finish subspecialty rotations and have several months of general anesthesia to hone their skills. Early in the CA-2 year, residents start to take senior-level calls.

Third-Year Clinical Anesthesiology

The third year of residency (CA-3), includes five months of the most complex patients at each hospital, and six months completing elective rotations. Elective options are vast and can be catered to personal interests and career development. Electives include, but are not limited to, advanced airway, transesophageal echocardiography, intensive care unit, advanced obstetric anesthesiology, regional anesthesiology, advanced pediatric anesthesiology, advanced cardiac anesthesiology, and pain medicine.

All residents take team captain call at Bellevue, where they assume leadership responsibility for the team of residents on call. Team captains make decisions about patient care in the recovery and delivery rooms, the emergency department as well as other parts of the hospital. Most residents consider being a Bellevue team captain to be an extraordinary experience.

Residency Application Process

Residents apply to the program through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®). One unique advantage to our application process is that a single interview is all that is needed to qualify for both the Manhattan and Brooklyn tracks, as well as the two associated preliminary medicine programs. With a single interview, a candidate receives a total of four National Resident Matching Program® codes with which to participate in The Match®.

NYU Langone does not offer H-1B sponsorship for house staff, residents, or fellows. J-1 sponsorship is available through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Past Residents Verification

Because of the large number of requests and the resultant research to obtain files, we apply a service charge of $50 per verification for residents who have graduated from our program more than 3 years prior. All requests should be accompanied with a check, made payable to NYU Langone Health, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine, and sent to Christina Lee, senior residency program coordinator, at the following address:

NYU Langone Health
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine
550 First Avenue, Tisch 555B
New York, NY 10016

For questions, please contact Ms. Lee at 212-263-3894 or