Program Director’s Welcome


Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at Emory School of Medicine!

I am proud to lead a program in which rigorous clinical training is matched with close mentoring and academic productivity. Our residency has been recognized as a leading training program for over 60 years, and our residents have an excellent track record of transitioning to their choice of either private practice or academic careers.

Training begins with an intensive clinical introduction to Anesthesiology. CA1s are assigned to operative cases working one-on-one with faculty for the first weeks of training.  The clinical orientation is supplemented by didactic lectures and simulation in the basic principles of Anesthesiology.  As residents become more experienced they practice with graduated autonomy.  At all times a faculty member is immediately available for consultation, assistance and instruction.

CA1 residents start training at either Emory University Hospital or Grady Memorial Hospital.  Over time residents are assigned to more complex general and subspecialty cases such as neurological surgery, vascular surgery, and transplants.  Subspecialty rotations such as cardiac and pediatrics start in the latter third of the CA1 year to allow early exposure to potential fields for fellowship consideration.

The CA2 year is dedicated to subspecialty anesthesia training including cardiac, neurosurgical, vascular, pediatric, obstetric, ambulatory anesthesiology and acute and chronic pain and critical care medicine. We are proud to have our residents rotate at Egleston Children’s Hospital (one of the highest acuity children’s hospitals in the country) and the VA and at Emory University Midtown Hospital.  Rotation at multiple sites guarantees exposure to many practice and supervision models and builds flexibility and communication skills. 

The CA3 year consists of elective rotations, research blocks, and advanced and supervisory clinical assignments.  One popular rotation is Advanced Airway Management at Emory University Midtown Hospital, working with head and neck surgeons to provide complex airway management and scrub into tracheostomies to gain surgical airway skills.

Morning didactic sessions may consist of keywords, PBLDs, case reviews and clinical reviews.  On Tuesday afternoons, residents meet for sessions in research, literature review, professional development, board review and quality improvement.  Once a month, all residents from all classes and locations meet for group didactics.  This time is protected, including residents on call.  All residents participate in simulation.

Residents take annual written in-training exams (ITEs) as well as Anesthesia Knowledge Test (AKT) exams. The Department also administers Mock Oral Exams twice a year and is incorporating mock-OSCE sessions to prepare candidates for the American Board of Anesthesiology exams.  Our pass rates for the ABA exams are excellent.

Residents are encouraged to participate in regional, state, and national anesthesiology organizations. Departmental financial support is offered to residents for their participation in these organizations.

Residents are matched into “pods”, small groups of CA1, CA2 and CA3 residents with a dedicated faculty preceptor. This promotes the residents getting to know other members of their program better, as well as facilitating a long-term relationship with a faculty member.

Finally, we foster social rapport amongst our residents and faculty by sponsoring monthly Fourth Friday parties at a nearby restaurant, quarterly social functions, baby showers and personal celebrations, and an annual retreat.

I am proud of our program, which incorporates excellent and rigorous clinical training at multiple sites with the opportunity to do clinical, translational and basic science research. Our Department of Data Governance utilizes the rich clinical data generated at Emory University Hospital to augment Quality Improvement training.

Our mission is to guide our residents into becoming our colleagues: excellent anesthesiologists and leaders in the field.  My approach to program leadership is one of personal hands-on mentoring to launch our graduates into a career in which they thrive.

Our graduates continue to their choice of private practice careers or fellowships leading to academic careers. For the graduating class of 2017, 13 of our 16 chose to match to academic fellowships (regional anesthesiology, pain management, cardiac anesthesiology, obstetric anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology) in programs across the country.

If you have questions regarding training in Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine, please contact our Program Coordinator Ms. Judy Rabern at 404-778-3903.

Best wishes,

Julie Williamson, DO
Program Director