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Chief Residents in Anesthesiology 2013-2014

Chief Residents' Welcome

Welcome to the website of The Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Residency Program! Under this historic and famous dome, generations of anesthesiologists have trained to serve around the globe. Some residents have made this a permanent home, staying on for successful careers in academics, research and clinical care. Others fan out to private practice and an impressive number of clinical leadership positions. As the Chief Residents, we will have special and lifelong memories of our time in leadership training. We consider this an important opportunity to serve as informational resources to those who may be hoping to follow in our footsteps by applying for The Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology Residency Program. To those of you who have come to this site to learn about anesthesiology residency programs in hopes of joining us here, please let us share a bit of our special story with you - and by all means, contact us if you want to know anything more about the program.

Hopkins has a strong tradition in training leaders and experts in all subspecialties of anesthesiology. A list of Hopkins alumni is a veritable who's who of anesthesiology chairs, program directors, and leaders in basic science and translational research. The faculty members in our department are dedicated to clinical and didactic training, and the result is outstanding perioperative physicians who are prepared to do a fellowship, research, or to enter private practice.

Our didactics consist of a novel, college-based curriculum in which our residents are split up into groups nick-named "colleges." These colleges are cohesive groups that foster camaraderie and learning. Every other Thursday, we have "education days." All residents are relieved of clinical duties on education days, and with their college, they attend a variety of educational activities. These activities include lectures, simulation exercises, workshops, systems-based practice, research projects and oral and written board prep sessions. The faculty's dedication to education makes our education days possible. Additionally, we offer a weekly Grand Rounds, which are often given by visiting professors, all prominent in their field. There are numerous rotation-specific lectures and an extensive online curriculum. Incoming residents will receive an iPad mini which serves as a way to upload important curriculum documents, text books, and study guides. These iPads are used by the residents during each of our “college days.”

Though our program is quite large, applicants often comment on the warm, inviting atmosphere here at Hopkins. There is a strong feeling of camaraderie among the residents and between the residents and faculty. We are often urged to call faculty members by their first name and faculty members frequently attend our social gatherings.

Though we work hard while in the hospital, we also enjoy each other's company outside the hospital. The administration at Hopkins believes in training excellent physicians who are also well-rounded human beings. To that end, we start the year off with our Annual Crab Feast to welcome new residents and to celebrate the start of another academic year. The Winter Holiday Party is a popular event every year when the entire department comes together for a relaxed evening of fine dining and dancing. Each May, we bid farewell to the graduating residents with a Graduation Party in the Inner Harbor. The department also hosts a monthly "End-of-Block" party for residents that is held at a local bar/restaurant. This is a resident favorite and it's a great way to get to know your co-residents and attendings outside the operating room. Other social activities such as Maryland wine tours and parties at residents' homes speckle the calendar. We also offer financial planning and practice management seminars that are provided at no cost to the residents.

Baltimore, nicknamed 'Charm City' for its friendly people and atmosphere, is a vibrant East Coast city. There are wonderful neighborhoods centrally located within the city as well as conveniently located suburbs and rural areas. The cost of living in Baltimore is generally lower in comparison to other East Coast cities. Many of our residents are homeowners on a single-resident salary. Those who enjoy sports will appreciate Oriole Park at Camden Yards or tailgating before a Ravens game. Those who spend even a short time in Canton, Little Italy, Fell's Point or the Inner Harbor will feel the charm of historic Baltimore combined with an energetic restoration. In addition, Baltimore is close to many other major metropolitan areas including Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City. All are easily accessible for day trips. The weather here in the mid-Atlantic is comfortable with fairly mild winters and warm, sunny summers.

Here at Hopkins, we work in a collegial, supportive learning environment. Residents who graduate from our program are superbly trained anesthesiologists who are eminently prepared for the changing demands of our growing and important specialty.

Lou Kirk, M.D. Karla Wyatt, M.D. Sean Barnes, M.D.
Chief Resident Chief Resident Chief Resident

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