From the Interim Chair, Dr. Brennan

 Dr. Brennan

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa.  We are extremely proud of our outstanding residency program. Our residency is designed to prepare graduates to be superb perioperative physicians in a variety of settings. 

Approximately 50% of our residents undergo fellowship training after residency; others proceed directly into practice.  Our ten year ABA board pass rate is 99%.  Our residents are well trained and prepared for their new practice or fellowship. We are delighted by the positive feedback we receive from residents after they leave our program.

We receive approximately 600 resident applications each year and interview approximately 130 of these candidates.  We are accepting 15 PGY1 residents through the match, 80% are US graduates, the remainder, are international graduates that typically rank very high in their classes. 

  1. Faculty and Teaching:  We have over 60 faculty in operating room anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia, critical care, pain medicine and cardiac anesthesia, among others.  Faculty are evaluated by our residents and students.  The commitment of Dr. Szeluga and her educational team allow our residents to develop their outstanding clinical skills.
  2. Regional anesthesia:  Our department performs more than 5,000 regional anesthetics per year; about 25% of our case load received some regional anesthetic.  Our residents are extremely comfortable with both neuraxial techniques and upper and lower extremity nerve blocks.  Ultrasound machines are available throughout the clinical areas where regional anesthesia is practiced and the number of blocks performed by our residents is usually 2-3 times greater than the minimum required by the ACGME Residency Review Committee. 
  3. Critical care medicine:  The department has directed the surgical intensive care unit for more than 40 years.  The Medical Director of the surgical neuroscience intensive care unit (SNICU) is Dr. Shawn Simmons, who along with 12 critical care trained, and certified faculty, manage over 3,000 patients per year.  The residents spend a full 6 months in the ICU during their 4 years of clinical training.  The experience gained in the critical care unit has enabled our residents to develop into exceptional perioperative physicians.
  4. Pain Management:  At the University of Iowa, we have outstanding acute and chronic pain management services.  Residents assigned to the acute pain management service also perform most of the regional anesthetic techniques for our patients.  In addition, we follow many patients with continuous regional anesthetic techniques in the hospital as well as consult for pain management of complex patients.
    In the Pain Management Clinic, we evaluate approximately 35 to 40 patients per day for various chronic pain conditions.  The clinic has newly appointed Director, Dr. Rahul Rastogi, as well as a state of the art newly constructed pain clinic. Residents interact with pain management fellows and gain valuable experience in chronic pain management.
  5. Pediatrics:  Over 20% of our cases involve children, and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital performs almost 75% of the complex pediatric surgery in the state of Iowa.  We are most excited about the opening of our free-standing state of the art Children's Hospital which will further enhance the opportunities for training of our anesthesia residents. 
  6. Simulation: The Department of Anesthesia opened the first simulation center at the University of Iowa in the late 1990's.  We now have a state of the art high fidelity simulation unit housed within the department for easy access by our trainees.  Simulation based activities are now an integral part of our clinical rotations. 

Our goal is to provide a balanced residency experience, to develop distinguished clinical trainees with extensive medical knowledge so that you can become a great perioperative physician.  You will find the University of Iowa an outstanding place to practice and the community a special place to live. 

Timothy J. Brennan PhD, MD
Samir Gergis Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Anesthesia
University of Iowa