The anesthesiology residency training program at Washington University School of Medicine is uniquely situated to train expert consultants in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine as well as foster the development of physician-scientists. 

Students and trainees in our education programs care for patients and gain exceptional experience at our nationally-ranked teaching hospitals, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Our faculty members are recognized nationally and worldwide and are dedicated mentors and collaborators in cardiothoracic anesthesiologypediatric anesthesiologyobstetric anesthesiaorgan transplantation, regional and ambulatory anesthesia, and neurological surgery as well as critical care medicine, pain management, and trauma.

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Training Programs

Training consists of a minimum of four years of graduate medical education. Three years of the training must be in clinical anesthesia. One year of the training must be the clinical base year, which should provide the resident with 12 months of broad clinical education in medical disciplines of which a maximum of only one month may involve the administration of anesthesia. The clinical base year is usually the first year of graduate medical education. 

Application Information

The department offers three tracks for the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).The department also offers two research tracks for those interested in pursuing additional research training or careers as physician-scientists.

Video Archive

Considering St. Louis for your anesthesia residency training? Wondering what life in St. Louis is like?

We’ve created a library of videos for you that answer these questions and more. Explore the videos below and hear firsthand why our Anesthesiology Residency program consistently ranks among the nation’s best.