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Rotations and Schedules

Saint Louis University's anesthesiology residency is a categorical program that begins with a clinical base year that complies with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)’s Residency Review Committee requirements. During clinical anesthesia years, residents move into the operating room, where they progressively tackle more complicated cases and have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of subspecialties.

Program Year Data

Clinical Based Year
  • Otolaryngology
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • MICU
  • Anesthesia Critical Care (2 months)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Ambulatory Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Pre Admission Testing
  • Anesthesia (June)

Internship year at SLU consists of a clinical based year that takes place primarily at Saint Louis University Hospital. This gives residents the chance to get to know both the hospital and their co-workers before starting in the OR as PGY-2s. Interns have eleven 1-month rotations in specialties critical to anesthesia practice, including difficult airway management in ENT, critical illness management in the ICU, and cardiac complications with Cardiology. One month is dedicated to Anesthesia Practice Management, where interns learn about the history and development of the U.S. healthcare system and the business of medicine in America today. The final month of intern year is dedicated to anesthesia in the OR, where they gradually advance their responsibilities in the OR and transition to CA-1 residents.

CA – 1 Year

July of CA-1 year, residents are scheduled into SLU OR cases and begin taking call. The first several months are dedicated to time in the OR developing anesthesia and critical care skills, then residents start specialty services, including pediatrics, intensive care (ICU), and regional pain.

CA – 2 Year

Residents rotate through the anesthesia specialties including cardiac, thoracic, neurological (brain and spine), vascular, chronic pain, and obstetrics. Residents continue to improve their skills in pediatrics, regional pain and intensive care. Opportunities to participate in kidney, pancreas, and liver transplants are available.

CA – 3 Year

Residents gain increased autonomy and begin supervising junior residents. Elective rotations are available in cardiac anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and trans esophageal echocardiography. Adequate time is spent perfecting all anesthesia skills and knowledge prior to graduation.

Rotation Sites

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Level 1 Trauma Center
16 Operating Rooms, 365 Hospital Beds

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital serves as home base for our residents throughout their four years. Interns spend ten months rotating through clinical based months, while residents in their clinical anesthesia years have rotations in main OR, cardiac anesthesia, regional anesthesia, pain management, cardiothoracic, transplant and neuro anesthesia.

Mercy Hospital
Level 1 Trauma Center
Devoted heart hospital
9,000 births annually

Mercy Hospital, located about ten minutes from the main hospital, serves as the location for our residents training in obstetric anesthesia, as well as additional exposure to cardiac anesthesia

Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
Level 1 Pediatric Trauma
10 Operating rooms, 190 beds
Approximately 350 hearts/year
Pediatric anesthesia fellowship

Located right across the street from SLU Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is where our residents train in pediatric anesthesia. Each CA year, residents rotate through for two months.

VA Medical Center

Residents spend several months training with St. Louis veterans at the VA - John Cochran Division. One month is spent during intern year working at the hospitals acute care clinic, while CAs complete regional anesthesia at the John Cochran VA.