Clinical Rotations

The following is an approximate clinical rotation schedule for residency, with flexibility for elective rotations and personal needs. Visit the Testimonials and Tours page for a look at the structure and culture of our program from a resident perspective, or download the Residency Applicant Handbook for complete program details.

Year One  

Our Clinical Base Year (CBY) experience is a unique blend of rotations specifically chosen to prepare our residents for their future in anesthesiology and care of the patient in the perioperative period. Our year is distinctive in that you will work with private practice physicians and academic departments. 

On private practice rotations, you will often be the only resident working one-on-one with the attending faculty while receiving extensive clinical experience with personal didactic instruction and guidance. Academic rotations bring opportunity to develop very important team skills, as you will be a member of the team of residents covering a particular service, and participate in that department’s structured didactic programs. In the CBY year, you will learn to function with varying levels of autonomy, and you will continue the process of assimilating into the role of a physician.

The rotations include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology (Private Practice and UNMC)
  • Critical Care (Anesthesiology and Trauma Surgery)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine (Inpatient and consult service)
  • Nephrology
  • Otolaryngology (2 weeks)
  • Research
  • Transfusion Medicine (2 weeks)
Year Two  

The Clinical Anesthesia 1 (CA1) year focuses on establishing general anesthesia skills in the operative setting with at least one month of Critical Care Anesthesiology (CCA). CA1 residents care for a wide range of patients, from outpatients to some of the most critically ill patients imaginable.

Rotations include:

  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Anesthesiology Subspecialty Introduction
    • Cardiothoracic
    • Multispecialty
    • Acute Pain Management
  • Anesthesia out of the OR
  • Basic Echocardiography
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Preoperative Anesthesia Screening Clinic (PASC)
Year Three  

The Clinical Anesthesia 2 (CA2) year builds upon the foundation of the CA1 year, but focuses on subspecialty rotations and more challenging care including:

  • Airway techniques (VA)
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Multispecialty Anesthesiology including:
  • Neuroanesthesiology
  • Obstetric Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiology for transplant surgery
  • Anesthesiology for thoracic and vascular surgery
  • Postoperative Recovery Unit Anesthesia
  • Pain Medicine, including Chronic Pain Management, and Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management
Year Four  

The Clinical Anesthesia Year 3 (CA3) offers advanced experiences in general and subspecialty anesthesia as well as the opportunity to pursue elective rotations selected by each resident. Options include:

  • Advanced Airway Techniques
  • Additional Subspecialty Experience
  • Private Practice Rotation at Bryan West Medical Center
  • Perioperative Practice Management
  • Research rotations
  • Global Health elective in Gitwe, Rwanda