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Corey Nelson, MD, leads residents through a simulation session

University of California, Irvine
Kate Tobin McCartney, MD
Aligned with the mission of UCI School of Medicine:
Discover. Teach. Heal. The UCI Anesthesiology Residency
Program adheres to high academic and professional
standards to provide a rigorous, well-rounded learning
experience. We live our department's core values of
dedication, integrity, and inclusivity to provide a safe
environment for everyone to work, learn, and grow. Our
department provides a diverse and exciting opportunity
for our 48 resident trainees and 10 fellows to become
well-rounded leaders in the field of anesthesiology,
critical care medicine, and pain medicine. In 2019, our
department was pleased to launch a new fellowship in
Obstetric Anesthesiology. This fellowship joins the existing
five fellowships in Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine,
Pain Medicine, Regional Anesthesiology and Acute
Pain, Leadership in Perioperative Medicine, and Medical
Education Simulation.
Our department and organization are expanding rapidly;
between 2019 and 2020 we have onboarded 17 faculty,
16 CRNAs, 13 NPs, 10 fellows, and 12 new residents. As

part of our new heart failure program, we have opened
an Anesthesia-led CVICU, and are rapidly expanding
our cardiac services including ECMO, LVADs, TAVRs,
Watchman, MitraClips, and Epicardial-endocardial ablation.
The Global Health experience is a unique opportunity
for our residents to test their skills in new settings, be
adaptable and creative, and learn from a new patient
population and health system. This year, two of our
residents traveled with three faculty members to Bidada,
Gujarat, India to work in the Bidada Hospital during the
annual Shree Bidada Sarvodaya Trust Medical Camp.
Residents provided anesthesia for local and surrounding
villagers in orthopedic, urological, and general surgeries.
We look forward to a time when we can return to medical
mission work, as well as restart a new Cardiothoracic
Exchange Elective with National Cheng Kung University
Hospital in Taiwan.
In addition to learning anesthesiology, residents have
many opportunities to hone their skills in leadership

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