The Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania is steeped in a long tradition of patient care, education, and research. Founded over 75 years ago by Robert Dunning Dripps, the department has always striven to create the future leaders within the field of Anesthesiology. This focus on leadership, with an eye to the future, is a core component of the department's mission. The department is committed to providing an environment in which each individual, whether faculty or resident, can achieve their potential.

By providing excellent clinical training and mentorship, our goal is to produce leaders in all realms of anesthesiology, including the operating room, intensive care unit, labor and delivery floor, and pain clinic. We develop and foster this leadership through discovery, translational research, implementation of evidence into practice, and dissemination of knowledge. We will strive to provide each individual with the opportunity to balance academic and work goals with family life.

We provide our residents with the best possible training at three world-class medical centers: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Our educational program encompasses didactic and Socratic methods of teaching, with a focus on evidence-based care. Our research endeavors go from the bench to the bedside to policy implications, and are clearly outlined on the research section of our website.

Given the department's long tradition within the specialty and our ongoing commitment to excellence, we will continue to be at the forefront of the field in defining our roles as anesthesiologists, intensivists, and pain physicians. We will also continue to develop new and innovative methods to train future generations to provide the best care for their patients.

Chief Resident Welcome

The Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania provides a phenomenal training environment for its residents. We are a large community of physicians and researchers who are leaders in the field of anesthesiology and critical care. As one of the leading academic centers in the country, we have the opportunity to work side by side with an equally strong surgical residency program, where we are exposed to a high volume of cutting edge surgical procedures on a diverse patient population, many of whom travel from around the globe to be cared for at Penn. Residents who learn via hands-on clinical experience, will thrive in our department as we are fortunate to be an integral part of the workflow and clinical team.

Our multifaceted educational program combines intraoperative teaching, simulation workshops, written and oral board review, and traditional lecture based didactics paired with primary literature offering our residents several different ways to learn anesthesia.  We pride ourselves on the outstanding clinical training that we receive and continue to produce exceptional clinicians who go on to practice all across the country.

In addition to our work lives, we are able to find balance outside of the hospital. We live in a vibrant young city known for its foodie scene, passionate sports fans, and American history.  Penn Anesthesia is truly a family where your colleagues and co-residents become lifelong friends.

We look forward to meeting you,

Kayleigh Kaneshiro, Young May Cha and Andrew Gold

Chief Resident Message

  • Residents

    Our residency program is made up of individuals who bring an amazing array of experiences to their work.

  • Program Overview

    Penn offers both Categorical and Advanced track residency spots through ERAS. Each residency class generally consists of 24 residents, 16 of which are categorical positions.

  • About our Graduates

    Our residency program graduates go on to practice or complete fellowships at several health systems across the country.

  • Unique to Penn

    The opportunity to learn from the leaders in the field of anesthesiology is just one reason that sets our programs apart from many others in the region.

  • Benefits and Stipends

    Our program offers a generous benefit and stipend package.

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