Message From The Program Director

Message From The Program Director

 

Welcome to the University of Illinois Anesthesiology  Residency Program. We are happy you are considering a career in this fascinating and rewarding specialty. The mission of our Department is to provide clinical care of the highest quality, to educate future leaders in the field of anesthesiology and to conduct research to improve and advance the specialty.

Our clinical training is extensive and varied.   All surgical specialties are represented in our program, which allows our residents a varied clinical exposure that will prepare them for any future clinical career. We also have clinical rotations at sites away from the main University hospital that allow our residents to see firsthand anesthesiology practice in non-academic settings.

Heather C. Nixon, MD

Heather C. Nixon, MD
Residency Program Director
Education is a central tenet of our department.   Residents are exposed to various types of educational experiences including a rigorous morning didactic series, simulation activities, professional development opportunities and faculty mentorship in research endeavors and quality improvement projects.   All residents, at  the beginning of their intern year, receive an i-Pad from the department to use during the remainder of their training for educational and work purposes.   Whether using the i-Pad for reading e-textbooks and articles, accessing electronic medical records or providing point of care teaching to patients and students, our residents are constantly using this device to further their learning or clinical care.

Our residents also actively pursue opportunities to develop skills outside the operating room  and diversify their training.   These opportunities include elective rotations abroad, research months, quality improvement rotations and advanced degrees.  Each year our residents present cases and scientific abstracts at various meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society of Obstetrics and Perinatology, the Society of Pediatrics, the Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care and the International Anesthesiology Research Society as a few examples.   Our residents are travelling to many countries including Vietnam, India and Korea to learn about global health care. Some residents choose to pursue advanced degree coursework during their residency (MBA, Masters work).  The program at the University of Illinois takes  resident professional development seriously and promotes such activities.

Our faculty are a diverse group of specialty trained physicians with interests in research, administration, patient safety, quality improvement, and education. As supervisors, our attending physicians work as partners with residents to provide excellent clinical care as well as educate trainees.    Many of our faculty are nationally known or have advanced degrees including Master’s degrees and PhDs.

We encourage you to apply to the program, and to explore this website to learn more about what the University of Illinois at Chicago Anesthesiology program has to offer.  Look at our Residency section, and check out the Chicago Life section.

We look forward to hearing from you!   Please do not hesitate to send your inquiries.

Heather C. Nixon, MD
Residency Program Director