Education

Educational Offerings

The Department of Anesthesiology has educational opportunities for medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as continuing education events for professional anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.

Residency

Our four year residency program comprises 60 interns and residents.  Each year, we interview approximately 200 applicants to admit a Categorical class of 12 into our transitional (internship) year.  An additional 4 residents complete an internship elsewhere before coming to the University of Virginia for a three year Advanced program.

Dr. Julie Huffmyer, our Program Director, has been on the faculty of the University of Virginia since 2008.  In 2011, she was appointed as Associate Program Director, and has been the Residency Program Director since 2016.  She clinically practices cardiac thoracic anesthesiology and liver transplant anesthesia.  She has been honored with numerous teaching awards and devotes her research efforts in the realm of education.  Dr. Stephen Collins is the Associate Program Director and Chair of our Clinical Competency Committee.  He has won numerous teaching awards and is a member of the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators. 

Fellowships

The Department has an accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine and unaccredited fellowships in Regional Anesthesia and in Anesthesia Education.  The Pain Medicine Fellowship, under the direction of Lynn Kohan, is a one year program with 6 fellows.  The pain fellowship is part of the Office of Graduate Medical Education, and fellows are employees of the Housestaff.

Our unaccredited fellowships are offered as Clinical Instructorship faculty positions. Typically, the fellow is assigned to general OR cases one day per week and devotes 4 days to the fellowship. Our fellows are employees of the UVA School of Medicine and hold the rank of Instructor.

The Regional Fellowship, under the direction of Ashley Shilling, has two openings annually for a one-year position and is currently going through the ACGME accreditation process.  A one year  Fellowship in Simulation Education and Research is offered under the direct supervision of Dr. Keith Littlewood, Assistant Dean, Clinical Skills Education, Co-Director, Medical Simulation Center, Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Anesthesiology. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Shilling or Dr. Littlewood directly about these opportunities.

Medical Students

Third year medical students participate in the two week Peri-Operative Medicine Rotation.  This Anesthesiology rotation is directed by Dr. Vaia Abatzis, Dr. John McNeil and Dr. Jessica Sheeran.  Fourth year students may participate in the Anesthesiology elective for a maximum of four weeks, under the direction Dr. Peter Amato.

Continuing Medical Education

The Medical Simulation Center, under the direction of Keith Littlewood, offers full-day simulation workshops which fulfill the American Board of Anesthesiology requirements for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA).

The Regional Anesthesia Group offers a one- to two-day observational preceptorship for practicing clinicians at our outpatient surgical facility. Please contact Lee White for more information.

Anesthesiology Grand Rounds are held each Wednesday at 8 AM. These lectures by our faculty members and distinguished guests are certified for continuing medical education credits.