Letter from the Chief Residents

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a career in anesthesiology, and thank you for considering Virginia Mason’s Anesthesiology Residency Program in Seattle. Virginia Mason strives to provide an outstanding residency experience that allows each resident to reach their maximum potential in a collaborative and supportive environment. The renowned faculty, modern didactics, and diverse clinical rotations offer a comprehensive and unique training experience that facilitates every learning style. The goal of the residency program is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be perioperative, critical care, and pain management specialists ready to tackle future endeavors in fellowship, research, academic or private practice.

With our small program size of 27 residents, we take pride in our ability to foster a close, personal atmosphere for learning. Residents have unique educational opportunities, tailored guidance and coaching from attendings, and develop relationships that will continue throughout your career.

The Virginia Mason faculty is well known nationally and internationally among the anesthesia community. They are committed to resident education and training. As residents, learning from some of the leaders in our specialty is invaluable. Our didactics and faculty-led simulation sessions have evolved for the modern learner by utilizing technology and team-based exercises.

At Virginia Mason you will rotate through a variety of subspecialties, including our distinguished regional anesthesia service. Our offsite rotations are superb and include OB at Swedish Hospital, the busiest labor and delivery unit on the west coast, pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and critical care and trauma anesthesia at one of the leading trauma centers in the nation, Harborview Medical Center. We also offer elective rotations in echocardiography and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), global health, and several other unique opportunities. This comprehensive training model through some of the leading hospital systems in the nation will make you a very desirable candidate for any job or fellowship.

Lastly, while we are committed to training expert anesthesiologists, we promote a healthy work/life balance for our residents. Virginia Mason is located in the heart of Seattle, one of the most vibrant and active cities in the nation. It offers all the amenities of urban life (fine dining, concerts, theater, professional sporting events, museums, etc.) in one of the most beautiful regions of the country – surrounded by three national parks, endless hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and much more. We support the health and well-being of our residents through a reasonable call schedule and work hours, generous meal allowance, free parking, social events, counseling resources, and many other benefits. We feel very fortunate to live and train in such a beautiful and diverse location.

We wish you the best with your very important decision of selecting a residency program. We hope you decide to visit the friendliest residency in the nation and see how Virginia Mason can provide you with the resources and support to succeed as an anesthesiologist. We look forward to meeting you!

Warmest Regards,

Ryan Lilley, MD, Chief Resident, 2018-2019
Ryan Lilley, MD
Chief Resident, 2018-2019
Lindsay Pharmer, MD, Chief Resident
Lindsay Pharmer, MD
Chief Resident, 2018-2019