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University of
California, Los Angeles
By Judi Turner, MD, PhD
The educational programs within the UCLA
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative
Medicine continue to provide a comprehensive and
rewarding experience for its trainees. In addition to
matching 25 residents to our growing categorical
programs, we have also recruited highly accomplished
candidates to our fellowship programs, including
four fellows in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, three
in anesthesiology critical care medicine, one in liver
transplantation anesthesiology, five in pain medicine,
one in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, two in regional
anesthesiology and acute pain medicine, and one each
in our newly established obstetric anesthesiology and
perioperative medicine fellowship programs.
Our 2017 graduating class of residents enjoyed much
success in their pathways following residency. Many
residents secured coveted job prospects not only

within the Southern California market, but also across
the nation. A handful of residents obtained academic
faculty positions and others pursued additional
training, matching at competitive fellowship programs
in anesthesiology critical care medicine, cardiothoracic
anesthesiology, pain medicine, and pediatric
anesthesiology.
As payment models change with increasing value being
placed on quality rather than quantity, the department
has introduced a new quality improvement curriculum
based upon the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
In addition to numerous quality improvement projects
already undertaken within the department, each
residency class will have the opportunity to develop
their own initiatives.
For a second year, we hosted a 'Resident Research
Roundtable' forum to introduce residents to various
research projects underway. The success of last
year's forum was demonstrated by the numerous
presentations given by residents at the ASA Annual
Meeting and the Western Anesthesia Residents
Conference (WARC).
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UCLA residents at the ASA Annual Meeting

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