As the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota, I affirm the department’s commitment to educate physicians to become outstanding anesthesiologists. The Department’s vision is to be the best educational and anesthesia training program in the Midwest. Our Department will be recognized as:
- A superior and innovative postgraduate residency
- A novel and imitated model of a blended anesthesiology department, leveraging the intellectual and educational assets of both academic and private-practice anesthesiologists
- A standard for professional delivery of compassionate patient care which emphasizes patient safety and operational efficiency
- A culture of inquiry, where best medical practices are determined through clinical, basic science, and translational investigation.
Today's anesthesiologist works as a team leader in the operating room, as well as the intensive care unit, labor and delivery suite, preoperative assessment center, post anesthesia recovery unit, and acute and chronic pain management clinics. Our residents engage a breadth of experiences optimized to develop the knowledge and skills required to practice in all ten recognized subspecialties within anesthesiology.
Our core program capitalizes on the strengths, interests, and commitment of the current faculty and resources of the Academic Health Center. To fulfill our mission, the Vice Chair for Education works closely with the Program Director and the Chair to constantly fine-tune the curriculum. The department recruits 7 residents each year via the ERAS resident matching program for a total of 21 residents. We provide anesthesia services at Fairview-University Medical Center as well as a select number of affiliated sites (VA, Regions, Children’s of Minnesota, North Memorial, and Gundersen Clinic) to augment specific subspecialty anesthesiology experience. Moreover, the University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) faculty are partnered with Twin City Anesthesia Associates, a key integrated component of the overall educational and training paradigm.
Ultimately, the most important part of our future is you . I hope you will consider all the strengths of our faculty, our facilities, and our future. My colleagues and I pledge to support, assist, and guide your journey to becoming a great anesthesiologist. We hope you will explore our Web site and invite you to contact us with your thoughts or any questions. I look forward to assisting you on your journey of inquiry.
-Richard C. Prielipp