Residency Program

The Anesthesiology Residency Program consists of a diverse family of 29 residents who contribute significantly to the quality of care provided for a broad patient population base at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. In order to provide a wide-ranging experience, our residents rotate through five different hospitals:

  • University of Minnesota Fairview University Campus
  • University of Minnesota Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Regions Hospital
  • Veteran’s Administration Medical Center

Exceptional education is acquired in a collegial, family-friendly culture that offers many professional and personal advantages:

Broad patient base: From neonates to geriatrics, from populations with genetic disorders to transplant patients, we care for a diverse patient population, drawn from a large geographic area. Their medical needs may be simple or complex, involving surgery, regional anesthesia, acute and chronic pain management and intensive care unit patient care, giving our residents a broad-based learning experience. We expose residents to perioperative surgical home, outpatient surgery environment, enhanced recovery after surgery protocols and much more.

Didactic program: From lectures, to simulation sessions, problem-based learning sessions, reading seminars, web-based educational programs, TTE/TEE curriculum, journal clubs, board reviews and mock orals, work-shops, quality improvement projects, practice management curriculums and other activities our residents attain an extensive knowledge base of anesthesiology practice as a whole.

Right-sized program: To provide the best possible learning environment, our program is large enough to be comprehensive, yet small enough for one-on-one interaction with all faculty. We currently accept seven new residents per year.

Flexible internships: Students may intern at our medical school through a partnership with Hennepin County Medical Center, or they may apply for an advanced (CA) position here and set up an internship at another accredited program. This allows students to work with different colleagues, faculty and systems and to explore another community, if they desire.

Scholarship: Each resident is expected to demonstrate scholarship by participating in scholarly activities, including research projects, quality improvement projects, educational projects etc. For a resident specifically interested in pursuing scholarship of discovery as an essential component of their future career, we have developed a resident researcher pathway, which allows the resident to participate in more extensive original research that advances knowledge.

Resident Leadership Academy: Every year, two talented residents are supported by the department chair and the residency program director to participate in Resident Leadership Academy. The program, developed by the Graduate Education Office, develops future physician leaders.

Clinical Based Year: Residents complete their clinical base year at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The year is designed to provide broad education in medical disciplines relevant to anesthesiology. The transitional program director and core residency program director collaborate continuously to create an excellent experience for our interns, including a month spent in our main operating rooms.

International Rotation: We have close relationships with St. John's Hospital and Narayana Health in Bengaluru, India where an interested resident could complete a one-month rotation. We also support shorter international healthcare trip experiences for resident/faculty teams.

Interaction with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA): Our emphasis on a well-balanced education includes training with the CRNA staff. This provides valuable experience with a care team model prevalent in many parts of the U.S.

Collegial, collaborative department: Our department size and philosophy encourages close working relationships. Each resident has two faculty advisors for both professional and personal support. Residents are encouraged to help each other learn, rather than compete, and eventually become teachers themselves within the program.

Consistent and reasonable schedules: We respect our residents' personal time, and recognize the importance of a balanced life. Reasonable hours and regular schedules make our program a good fit for residents with families and other commitments.

Attractive quality of life and cost of living: Our campus is in a vital urban setting, with great housing options just minutes away. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is home to a world-class arts scene, professional sports teams and beautiful parks and recreation facilities.

Anesthesiology Residency
Program Director

Mojca Konia

Mojca Konia, MD, PhD, MACM
Residency Program Director 
Vice Chair of Education
Clinical Chief and Medical Director


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The Department of Anesthesiology is accepting applications for the residency program.

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