Residency Program Overview
Our residency training is based in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRUMC), one of the most technologically sophisticated hospitals in the world. RRUMC has been named the #1 hospital in Los Angeles for 27 consecutive years, and in the top ten hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA also ranks every year among the top pediatric medical centers in the United States. Quick facts about our program >
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Our graduating residents consistently secure coveted spots in the most competitive fellowship programs in the country. Why? Because our residents benefit from exposure to challenging cases and caring for patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds every day. View Graduates' Career Paths >
Our program currently offers 100 residency positions with 25 residents per class in each of the four years. Training begins in the PGY-1 Clinical Base Year, with experience in critical care and internal medicine along with a month-long introduction to anesthesiology in the operating room.
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We provide comprehensive exposure to a variety of hospital settings in the subsequent three years, with training in cardiothoracic, pediatric, and all the other anesthesiology subspecialties. Opportunities for international and other innovative experiences abound.
Resident research and scholarly activity are an important part of training at UCLA. Residents present case reports and hypothesis-based research (with department financial support) at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, the Western Anesthesia Residents' Conference, and subspecialty conferences.
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Advanced research track opportunities are also available. The ABA allows up to 11 months of dedicated research time with appropriate notification of the Credentials Committee. Currently, we offer two pathways for scholarly research: the Anesthesiology Resident Research Pathway (ARRP) and the Anesthesiology Resident Scholars Program (ARSP).
Residents receive up to $1500 per year in education funds ($4,000 over four years). They receive five days of conference time and four weeks of vacation annually, the maximum allowed by the ACGME, in addition to major holidays. View Resident Benefits >
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Our Education Steering Committee (ESC) includes our chief residents and peer-selected representatives from each class. The committee meets monthly to seek resident input for program development and improvement throughout the year. Faculty representatives include:
- Residency Program Director and Chair of the Resident Recruitment Committee, Jack Buckley, MD
- Associate Program Director for Didactics and Curriculum Development, Jason Lee, MD
- Vice Chair for Quality & Safety, Emily Methangkool, MD, MPH
- Vice Chair for Education, Judi Turner, MD, PhD
- Vice Chair for Clinical Anesthesia Services, Michael Sopher, MD
- Associate Program Director for Resident Research, Soban Umar, MD, PhD
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We take great pride in our residency training program, and hope that you will enjoy learning more about it as you explore our website.
Jack Buckley, MD
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