Welcome Future ResidentsGreg Gordon, M.D., Vice Chair and Residency Coordinator
As a MetroHealth Anesthesiology resident, you will enjoy an informal, collegial atmosphere while developing confidence in your ability to handle any anesthetic problem. Major advantages will be our active trauma service, our group of wonderful people, dedicated to teaching and providing state-of-the-art, cost-effective care to all, and the major role that you will play controlling your own destiny by driving your own residency program.
Of the more than 13,000 cases done annually by you and your 12 to 15 resident colleagues and the other anesthesia care team members, you will especially remember many of the trauma-related problems as powerful facilitators in acquiring knowledge and skill in efficient prioritizing, resuscitation, managing badly deranged airways and keeping cool under pressure. MetroHealth is the most active trauma center in our part of the country. An active ground transport system plus four helicopters are needed, especially during the summer months. You may elect to spend time on our Life Flight helicopter transport service and take care of on-the-scene resuscitation. Your Certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support will, of course, be encouraged and supported.
The MetroHealth anesthesiology attending staff, of which there are more than one per resident, are dedicated to inspiring you and your fellow residents to learn and gradually assume independence in delivering anesthesia care. At first, you will be eased into your role in the operating room by working as part of an exclusive team with one Senior Resident and/or Attending Anesthesiologist. Daily introductory didactic lecture and discussion sessions with all first year residents will provide educational direction and foster camaraderie. During your first months with us, you may elect to take advantage of our Mentor-Protege Program by selecting a Mentor from among your attendings. During your residency, you will develop a special positive relationship with this individual who will take personal responsibility to help assure your success in anesthesiology. Starting after the first few months at MetroHealth, you will begin a series of subspecialty rotations for 1 or 2 months with our various Clinical Teaching Units, each headed by a talented expert anesthesiologist who will guide you in achieving the specific written objectives of that subspecialty unit. You will receive expert training and have ample experience in flexible fiberoptic intubation and management of acute and chronic pain problems. Two or three educational hours per week, written exams with questions taken from past American Board of Anesthesiology written board exams, and mock oral exams with individualized post exam analysis will help prepare you for the boards. You may elect to participate in our active clinical research program and choose to present a poster or paper or publish an abstract or paper with our attendings.
Your input will be a major factor in designing your experience as a MetroHealth anesthesiology resident. The Chief Resident is a mandatory member of each of the three residency program committees. Informal feedback sessions with the program director, residency coordinators, and residency committee chairpersons provide ample opportunity for communication, discussion and decision for change.
MetroHealth welcomes you to a fun, exciting anesthesiology resident experience that will facilitate your development into a mature, multi-talented, consultant-level, board-ready anesthesiologist.
Comments from Former Chief ResidentDaniel Meenan, D.M.D.
As I look back at the time spent at MetroHealth Medical Center, I realize that it has trained me to handle virtually any challenging case that I will encounter as an anesthesiologist when I leave the program for private practice in three months. The extensive hands on experience provides the skills necessary to deliver safe and effective anesthesia as well as giving one confidence in one's abilities. The atmosphere and the Staff-Resident relationship is relaxed. The trauma and emergency anesthesia patient management is often under the direct supervision of the Senior Resident on call. This added responsibility is an excellent learning experience. The pain service resident has the unique experience at our program of learning the surgical techniques of implantation of nerve stimulators and infusion pumps. Senior residents actually perform the operative procedure.
The first two years of the program encompass eight months of general anesthesia training in cardiac, pediatrics, neurosurgery, obstetrics, ICU, recovery room, ambulatory and pain rotations. The program deliberately integrates the on-call duties so that expertise in all specialties is enhanced as the resident progresses and the skills in any one area are not lost.