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A Special Message from the Residency Program Director Randall Schell M.D. who speaks about the University of Kentucky Anesthesiology residency training program, training sites, rotations, and goals.

A Message FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Residency is probably the single most important aspect of professional training. Undergraduate education teaches critical thinking and some fundamental scientific concepts; graduate medical education provides greater depth for these scientific principles as well as teaching the humanistic aspect of medicine. Residency will provide the necessary training to acquire skills and a greater depth of knowledge in areas relevant to the chosen specialty. No matter what your direction upon completion of residency, it is imperative that clinical excellence be the primary objective of your postgraduate medical education. Whether you intend to pursue a career in private practice, research, teaching, or administration, clinical skills are paramount. Virtually every physician is judged first and foremost on clinical capabilities; the assumption is that someone who is good clinician can become a good researcher, teacher or administrator.

The objective of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky is to teach the information, skills and attitudes necessary to achieve and maintain clinical excellence.

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  • University of Kentucky medical residents, fellows and faculty members packed into a classroom next to the medical center library on July 16 to practice fundamental newborn resuscitation maneuvers on baby mannequins. The Helping Babies Breathe training didn't teach these pediatric professionals anything new — they were all familiar with the process of drying, suctioning and ventilating a newborn with breathing problems....

  • Dr. Peter T. Nelson of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) at the University of Kentucky, and David Fardo of UK's Department of Biostatistics, have been awarded the 2014 Asao Hirano Prize from the American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP) for the best paper presented on neurodegenerative diseases at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, last month. The team's research, titled "Hippocampal...

  • A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows how a genetic defect in a specific hormonal pathway may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Fair-skinned people who tend to burn (rather than tan) from sun exposure have a much higher risk for melanoma than darker-skinned people. On the surface, it appears that the...

  • The Bright Focus Foundation has announced that three different researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have received Bright Focus grants for 2014. Professor Steve Estus and associate professors Harry LeVine and Paul Murphy were each recognized for their work on Alzheimer's disease. "Only 25 Bright Focus grants are awarded worldwide each year, so it's an achievement...

  • The Department of Anesthesiology was established in 1962 along with the rest of the College of Medicine of the University of Kentucky. It consists of approximately forty-four full time physician faculty members, one psychologist, two research scientists, two pain fellows, twenty nurse anesthetists, and forty-six residents. There are also approximately eleven registered nurses working on the acute and chronic pain services. Divisions in the department include Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Critical Care, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Ambulatory Anesthesia, and Pediatric Anesthesia.


    Mission Statement:

    To provide quality and cost effective service to our patients, students, colleagues, and all others who rely on us, in a nurturing, cooperative, and professional environment - one which continuously and measurably enhances the educational, clinical, and research functions of the Department of Anesthesiology.

  • Our program offers Clinical Base Year (PGY 1) training at the University of Kentucky.  We plan to offer 12 PGY1 positions beginning July 2014. This year we offered (and matched) 12 PGY 1 (also called Categorical or C) positions. These positions began July 2013 and were offered through the 2013 National Resident Matching Program. We currently do not anticipate offering any PGY2 positions starting July 2014.  If you are interested in one of these positions, you can submit an application that we would review if a position became open unexpectedly.

    ADMISSIONS PROCESS

    We will participate in the NRMP, as well as ERAS, for 2014. All applicants applying for PGY 1 positions must apply through ERAS and participate in the NRMP. We will be accepting applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) after September 15, 2013 for PGY1 positions for academic year 2014-2015. Beginning in early to mid-October, invitations for interviews will be extended to selected candidates. Interview sessions will begin in November and conclude in January. During the interview, you will meet our Chairman, members of the selection committee, other faculty, and several residents. We will give you a tour of our facilities and offer you plenty of opportunities to have your questions answered.

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  • The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky offers two one year fellowship in Critical Care Medicine & Pain Medicine.


    Critical Care Medicine is a subspecialty of anesthesiology devoted to the acute care of critically-ill patients with multiple organ system derangements.  The fellowship consists of 12 months of full-time training beginning after satisfactory completion of a core anesthesiology residency program.  Anesthesiology critical care medicine fellows will spend ten months of training in the care of critically-ill patients in the intensive care units with the remaining time spent in research activities relevant to critical care or other elective rotations appropriate for critical care medicine fellows.  Read More...


    Pain Medicine:
    Our 12 month fellowship provides an experience in a multidisciplinary pain management center with emphasis on interventional pain management approaches.  The program offers educational experiences in Interventional Pain, Chronic Pain (Clinic and Inpatient), Anesthesiology (Perioperative and Acute Pain), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Psychiatry/Psychology, as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  Read More...

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