Anesthesiology Residency

The anesthesiology residency program is the heart of the Department of Anesthesiology at Virginia Mason. For decades, our program and department have been recognized for innovation and expertise in regional anesthesia and pain medicine. We are leaders in cardiac anesthesiology, neuroanesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia, critical care, echocardiography, quality improvement and health care economics. Most importantly, we are dedicated to providing an exceptional resident educational experience as we provide outstanding clinical care for patients.

Our program offers nine clinical anesthesia training positions per class: six categorical (PGY-1) positions and three advanced (PGY-2) positions. An excellent clinical base year training is provided by a Transitional Year Internship or Preliminary Medicine Internship at Virginia Mason for categorical-track residents, Preliminary Surgery or Medicine internships at Virginia Mason, or a Preliminary Surgery internship at the University of Washington. Virginia Mason residents train in a variety of settings, ranging from fast-paced outpatient surgery centers to critical care units at a Level 1 trauma center. The breadth of this training makes our residents superb, well-rounded anesthesiologists equally prepared to thrive in private practice or in fellowships after graduation. The size and structure of our program fosters robust mentoring and career coaching opportunities tailored to the needs of each resident.

Our faculty offer a diverse breadth of expertise and knowledge in all anesthesiology subspecialties, in addition to practice management and simulation. The group is active in clinical research and as leaders in national associations, such as the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Several faculty members are examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology.

In this era, a residency program should offer more than training in a medical specialty. Our residents are involved in Virginia Mason’s internationally recognized Lean management process — Virginia Mason Production System — throughout all three years of training, with the opportunity for more in-depth study. Team management and leadership are taught through didactics, simulation, and resident-led teaching for other residents and medical students from around the country. Virginia Mason residents gain exposure to political advocacy as representatives in the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists and as delegates for the American Society of Anesthesiologists legislative conference.

One of the most important features of our program is that it fosters an environment for learning and caring for patients that is respectful, collegial and cooperative. Patient care is truly inclusive and team-based at Virginia Mason, which allows our patients to receive the highest quality, safest medical care possible. Our program and our institution fully support diversity and inclusion in graduate medical education and patient care. If you would like to learn more about us, please read the Letter from the Chief Residents.

Finally, as future physicians training in an unprecedented time during the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand you may have questions regarding the variables involved in the application process. We appreciate the counsel from the National Resident Matching Program and the Association of American Medical Colleges, and will follow their schedules and anticipate any changes. For further questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Sara Mueller.

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Helen Bean, DO, Associate Program Director
Helen Bean, DO
Program Director
Anesthesiology Residency
Sarah Bain, MD, Associate Program Director
Sarah Bain, MD
Associate Program Director
Anesthesiology Residency
Brooks Ohlson, MD, Associate Program Director
Brooks Ohlson, MD
Associate Program Director
Anesthesiology Residency

For additional information about our anesthesiology residency program contact:

Sara Mueller
Program Coordinator
Virginia Mason
Graduate Medical Education M.S. H8-GME
925 Seneca Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 341-1298

Virginia Mason Anesthesiology Residency at a Glance