Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis!

Our program is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and robust training experience that will prepare you for any career path within the field of anesthesiology. Our faculty members are not only leaders in their respective specialties, but also passionate mentors committed to your education and professional development.

In your first year as a categorical intern, you will gain invaluable experience across various departments, including internal medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, critical care medicine, and perioperative medicine. This year is crucial for building a strong interdisciplinary foundation as you form relationships with trainees throughout the hospital. You will also have opportunities to educate and collaborate with medical students and residents in our state-of-the-art simulation center. This comprehensive intern year is one of the most challenging and educational periods of growth in your early clinical career, laying the groundwork for your entry into anesthesiology.

As you progress into your three clinical anesthesia years, your journey begins with a four-week tutorial period. During this time, you and another tutorial resident will receive dedicated supervision and mentoring from our exceptional faculty members. This introduction to the OR is complemented by structured and protected lectures and simulations, providing a solid foundation that you will build upon throughout your residency. A unique strength of our program is the early exposure to the different subspecialities starting in CA-1 year. During this time, you will rotate through St. Louis Children’s Hospital, pain management, intensive care units, labor and delivery, and trauma. Our robust cardiothoracic and organ transplant programs offer residents early exposure to these specialties, allowing you to make informed decisions about fellowship applications.

In your final year of residency, you will have the opportunity to participate in two exciting educational tracks. The Anesthesia Clinical Educator track is designed for residents interested in medical education, while the Leadership Education in Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine track prepares residents for careers in organizational leadership and administration.

We offer a wide array of clinical experiences that encompass the full spectrum of anesthesiology. From high-acuity trauma cases and cutting-edge cardiac procedures to innovative pain management techniques and specialized pediatric care, our residents gain hands-on experience in every aspect of the field. Additionally, the simulation center provides a safe and supportive space for you to hone your skills and build confidence.

Research and academic inquiry are core parts of our program. We encourage our residents to engage in scholarly activities and provide ample resources and mentorship to support your interests. Whether you are interested in clinical research, quality improvement projects, or basic science, you will find opportunities to contribute to the advancement of anesthesiology and improve patient care.

We are incredibly proud of our residents and our residency program. Our residents come from diverse backgrounds, and bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives. As a resident here, you will form lifelong friendships and professional connections that will support you throughout your career. As an alumni, you will be part of a strong network that spans the nation.

We are thrilled at your interest in joining our community and look forward to discussing how our program can help you achieve your career goals!

Karam Atli, MD
Ryan DeAngelis, MD
Parita Sutaria Jani, MD

2024-25 Chief Residents
Department of Anesthesiology
Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis