We are fortunate to be able to recruit top-notch residents from across the world. Each year, the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program receives about 1,000 applications; roughly 120 of these applicants are selected to interview for one of the 15 intern positions available.
Dedicated mentorship is integral to our program’s success. Despite the tremendous growth in clinical operations (there are now roughly 70 anesthetizing locations), we have intentionally kept our residency program medium-sized so that each resident can receive personalized attention, as well as excellent case volume and complexity. This allows residents to handle their own cases, providing each trainee with the greatest amount of hands-on experience possible. Trainees benefit from the subspecialized clinical structure of the department and the guidance of program leaders and faculty mentors in each subspecialty. CA-3 residents are able to tailor their final year of training toward their career ambitions, and some residents engage in research projects. Consequently, our residents are very confident in their ability to work independently in any setting once they graduate from the program.
Our residency program boasts a department-sponsored internship program. Interns rotate on a variety of services, including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, critical care and emergency medicine. In addition, they can take advantage of the expertise of other Duke departments and are usually able to rotate on three anesthesia electives – acute pain service, hyperbaric & undersea medicine, and a general anesthesia rotation.
Our innovative curriculum program, known as ACES (Academic Career Enrichment Scholars), received approval from the American Board of Anesthesiology and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2009. This highly selective program is intended to increase the number of graduates pursuing academic careers and help them gain status as independently-funded researchers; it matches up to two residents per year.