Welcome to the Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology Residency Program. Our residency provides comprehensive education, training and clinical experience in all facets of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. Anesthesiology residents study and train under the mentorship of a highly-respected academic faculty comprised of subspecialty-trained clinicians, committed and experienced physician-educators, and successful physician-scientists. Extraordinary clinical and academic training enable graduates to secure competitive fellowships and to achieve success as clinicians, academicians and leaders of our profession.
Visit the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Careers in Medicine website to learn more about the anesthesiology specialty. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
We offer 18 positions in the Anesthesiology Categorical Match and accept applications only through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras. Our application requirements are the same as the standard ERAS application: CV, personal statement, Dean’s Letter, transcript, and three letters of recommendation. We require USMLE Step 1 scores for all applicants. Successful completion of Steps 1 and 2 is required prior to matriculation.
The application requirements are the same for International Medical Graduates. In addition, we do require a minimum of one year of US clinical experience. We accept J-1 Visas.
Application deadline is October 15th.
Upon receipt of your ERAS application, the Residency Selection Committee will review your credentials. Interviews are scheduled by invitation only. Interviews are conducted on Mondays and Fridays during November, December and January. The Department of Anesthesiology provides hotel accommodations and dinner for the evening prior to the interview.
If you have additional questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Associate Program Manager, Educational Affairs
The Inclusive Community Initiative is a resident-led movement to proactively honor the richness of experience and perspective of our Anesthesiology family. Our mission is to create an environment where all students, residents, faculty, and staff feel respected, supported, and valued. We believe this is how new ideas, new leaders and new connections flourish in an increasingly diverse global society.
We believe everyone benefits from learning and sharing with each other as we immerse ourselves in cultures and ideas different from our own. We are spearheading efforts to transcend boundaries to embrace the interdependence of our world.
Lets celebrate both the diversity and unity that connect us! Help us in our commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions.
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Who We Are
Atish Patel, CA-2
Namaste! I am a fourth generation African Indian, born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Due to civil unrest, my family was forced to flee the country -- fortunately, we were able to immigrate to the U.S. via the ‘green card lottery’ in 2003. We settled in Orlando, FL where I attended high school and college. During this time, I developed a keen interest in political activism and took a gap year before medical school where I worked as a Community Organizer. I was responsible for registering disenfranchised voters in the greater Orlando area, engaging local high school and college students in the political process, as well as fighting against a proposed amendment that threatened to cut funding to statewide public education and healthcare. I spent my remaining year solo-backpacking through Asia, much of which was spent in a monastery in South India! I then attended medical school at the University of Florida where I developed an early love for anesthesia and the rest is history, so to speak. From the moment I completed my interview day at Vanderbilt, I was dead set on coming here for residency.
Since joining, I have been extremely happy and find it to be a tremendously supportive and inclusive environment, on both a personal and professional basis. In addition to the clinical strength and national reputation of the program, I was pleasantly surprised to discover our department’s commitment to pushing the boundary of our field as well as the camaraderie of my co-residents. Nashville is a wonderful place to live with a heavy emphasis on music, sports, and food. It is also welcoming to people from all walks of life, as evidenced by it being one of the largest refugee hubs in the South. The city is rapidly growing and transforming into a progressive and trendy area, which is attracting a large influx of young professionals. From concerts to festivals (and everything in between) there is always something fun to do, no matter the time of year! In my spare time, I enjoy film, collecting vinyl records, performing stand-up comedy, going to concerts, biking and trying new places to eat. I look forward to meeting you and hope that you consider applying to our program!
Amy Zhang, CA-1
Hello! I was born in Sichuan, China (home of the BEST food in the entire world) but have since moved close to a dozen times! I finished high school in Minnesota and completed my college degree in Economics at Duke (go devils!). I moved back to the Midwest to work at Epic as a project manager and then took some time off to pursue my passion for traveling in Costa Rica and Europe. I went to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where I met my now fiancé (an ENT intern). We were beyond thrilled to have matched together at two of best programs in the country. Intern year can be tough, but I have been nothing but thoroughly impressed by the support and friendship of my amazing co-residents as well as the entire Anesthesiology department. It truly feels like family here. Beyond our program, we also love exploring everything that this growing city has to offer - hot chicken, hipster coffee, live music of every genre, free concerts, and a festival for every occasion you could ever imagine. When I’m not at work, you can find me making very good use of my free time getting to know this vibrant city. Hope to meet you soon!
Monica Bhutiani, CA-2
A product of two immigrant parents, a Polish mother and an Indian father, I was born in the small town of Winter Haven, Florida where I lived until I went to college. Growing up, it was a town people only knew if they retired there or as the place where orange groves suddenly spring up if you start at Disney World and drive straight south. My life played out on a once in a lifetime cultural canvas with Indian and Polish cuisines, Catholic mass on Sundays, and country music blaring from pick-up trucks, where bare feet were propped on the dashboard. Early on, I started dancing my way through life, mastering classical ballet, rhythmic tap, and various cultural dances from the Russian polka to Irish soft-shoe (when I wasn’t swimming or nerding out about biology). Eventually, I thumbed my way to North Carolina to attend Duke University. While I knew that I wanted to pursue medicine, I did the opposite of adhere to the Pre-med mold. I was a child of the liberal arts and a passionate Cameron Crazie: I slept in tents and on sidewalks in the dead of winter to cheer on Duke Basketball in one of the most electric sports venues of all time, took classes (from Russian literature to dance, psychology, education, and insects) and orchestrated first year move in and orientation for the class of 2015.
Medical school brought me slightly west to Vanderbilt. Here, the climate of curricular reform and innovative instructional strategies piqued my interest and pushed me to pursue a master’s degree in education through The Peabody College where I became involved in both local and national education efforts. I also fell in love with Nashville: from the copious performing arts shows (at TPAC, OZ arts, and Schermerhorn) to Predators hockey and Sounds baseball, local breweries (like the Bearded Iris and Fat bottom), and a powerful wave of both ethnic and fusion foods, Nashville felt like the melting pot I grew up with, and honestly missed. When it came time to decide on a program for anesthesiology residency, Vanderbilt was a no brainer. From the great city to the incredible faculty, mentors, residents, and hospital as a whole, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. When not in the hospital, I’m exploring different cultures through my baking adventures (currently French patisserie), losing my voice cheering on Duke basketball, dancing, indulging in a good book especially Sherlock Holmes, expanding my photography skills, enjoying movies, chasing Tennessee waterfalls, and sketching Calvin and Hobbes comics.
Maxwell James, CA-1
Born and raised in Jackson, MS, I’ve always loved the south. I grew up in a world of music, athletics, food, cookouts, large extended families, neighbors who might as well have been family, and the many other pieces that make up the rich puzzle that was my childhood. With all of those wonderful experiences, I also saw the impact of illness and disease on one of the unhealthiest areas in the country, an experience that influenced my decision to eventually choose a career in medicine.
After high school, I made my way to the University of Virginia where I enjoyed studying abroad in Spain, mentorship, fraternity life, coaching community soccer, meeting new people from around the world, and so many other new experiences. After leaving Virginia, I fulfilled my dream of living in New York City where I attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. I loved the diversity, the food, the endless opportunities for fun and learning, but in the end, I was ready to make my way back down south.
Location, quality of the program, and a welcoming environment were the most important factors I considered when choosing where to continue my training. Vanderbilt immediately impressed. I appreciated the great rapport between residents and faculty, not only within the anesthesia department, but in the medical center as a whole. Most surprising was how much the city of Nashville has grown and changed since my visits in my youth. Between the countless restaurants, music, sports events, concerts, and a nearby independent book store, I’m never at a loss of things to do. Vanderbilt was my obvious first choice, and I am more than satisfied with my decision. Intern year is tough, but I’ve been surrounded by great people and a fun intern class that help make this experience all the better.
Juliet Nash, CA-1
My name is Juliet and I was born in Chicago, the youngest of four kids. My parents had immigrated from Taiwan to the States in the 70’s (groovy) and we settled in Southern California by the time I started Pre-K. I grew up in a predominantly Asian-American suburb, so I decided at the tender age of 18 that I was a ready for a change of scenery and chose to go to college at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). I majored in Athletic Training which took me to graduate school at The University of Virginia where I got my Masters of Education while also working at Virginia Military Institute with their baseball and lacrosse team. After graduation, I worked primarily in minor league baseball and hockey as an athletic trainer. What does an athletic trainer do? When you watch a sporting event and an athlete gets hurt, and that person who runs onto the field in khaki pants and a fanny pack…that’s me! It also meant that I spent 8 months of the year sitting on a bus with 30+ athletes and living in 9 different states in a span of 7 years.
Eventually I decided that I needed more work-life balance and so medical school sounded like the perfect solution. I went to the University of Louisville for my post-bac/pre-med work and landed in Dallas, TX at UT-Southwestern for medical school before being lured back to the South by Vanderbilt. Between myself and my husband (US Marine helicopter pilot for over a decade) we have lived all over the place; but we couldn’t think of a city we have loved more than Nashville (music, brunch, outdoor activities… all with a touch of Southern hospitality!). Even more, the program here at Vanderbilt has exceeded my (already high) expectations. In my short time here as an intern, I have felt the warmth of the institution and it’s all thanks to the wonderful, eclectic, and engaging people I have met at every turn. Welcome to the Music City and hope to meet y’all soon!
Sung Min Ki, CA-1
Ahn-young (No, I'm not referring to the Korean character from Arrested Development)! My name is Sung Min Kim and I was born in Seoul, South Korea. My father was in the US military so my family and I made our way to the US when I was 4 years old. Moving to the states was a huge transition! For one, I went to kindergarten without knowing a word of English. Luckily, I had access to all 10 seasons of the TV-sitcom "Friends" to help me learn. After watching all 10 seasons at least 20 times, I would call myself a "Friends" expert at this point. I eventually attended Wake Forest University (Go Deacs!) and caught the "travel bug" while studying abroad in Denmark. I bounced around the globe from Uganda to Peru, working on outreach programs to promote maternal care and eradicate cysticerocisis, respectively. Between undergrad and medical school, I worked as a research coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as volunteered with an anesthesiology run NGO, called Kybele. My future in anesthesiology started to take root during my time with Kybele in Ghana, where we helped develop neonatal resuscitation protocols. After returning to the states, I continued medical school at Wake Forest. By the end of my second year, I was itching to have another adventure and found my way to India to promote HIV education. My life motto seems to be from the famous words of one of my favorite Disney movie ‘Up’... “Adventure is out there!”
When it came to choosing a residency program, I wanted a program that fosters an environment that balances personal growth and stellar education. Vanderbilt has amazing faculty, mentors, and residents who are equally invested in you. On day one of my intern year, I helped put in a central line and intubate a patient. They don't shy away from your "inexperience" but rather encourage you to develop the skills and confidence as a budding anesthesiologist. When I'm not in the hospital, I can thoroughly say there is so much to do in the city of Nashville. If you can't find me listening to live music at Centennial Park, hiking along the trails at Percy Warner Park, or looking for new succulents at the farmer's market, it's probably a sure bet that I'm waiting in line at Jeni's ice cream or Hattie B's Hot Chicken. This city has something for everyone!
Clinical anesthesia training is conducted on the campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center with key locations listed below. Additional training is also provided in satellite ambulatory surgery locations.
- Vanderbilt University Hospital
- Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital
- VA Medical Center (on VUMC campus)
CA-1 and CA-2 Years
Residents gain experience in the fundamentals of clinical anesthesiology and perioperative medicine during clinical assignments in the inpatient and outpatient surgical suites, as well as the obstetric suite, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Residents complete approximately 450 cases annually, satisfying nearly all ACGME case requirements by the end of the CA-2 year.
Residents encounter a diverse patient population and a wide range of surgical cases of varying complexity. During their CA-1 and CA-2 years, residents develop competence in the following anesthesiology subspecialties during rotations at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and Vanderbilt University Hospital:
- Anesthesia for General Surgery
- Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery
- Anesthesia for Urological Surgery
- Anesthesia for Gynecological Surgery
- Vascular and Thoracic Anesthesia
- Anesthesia for Plastic and Burn Surgery
- Anesthesia for Endocrine Surgery
- Anesthesia for ENT and Opthalmologic Surgery
- Transplantation Anesthesia
The Advanced Clinical Track allows residents to gain experience in advanced and complex anesthesia and perioperative medicine during assignments on the various clinical anesthesia, critical care, and perioperative services of the Department of Anesthesiology. Participation in the BH Robbins Scholars Program enables residents to complete the Clinician Scientist Track during the CA-3 year.
Vanderbilt provides individual and family benefits for all housestaff. These include medical and dental insurance; disability and life insurance; medical liability insurance; free covered parking; on-call meals; uniforms; and laundry services. Please see the detailed description of these benefits on the Graduate Medical Education website. (Click link to learn more.) Vanderbilt also has an on-site day care center and a housestaff lounge.
The Department of Anesthesiology provides additional benefits to support our residents and families including:
- Moving expenses (single and family)
- Generous education fund (prorated to year of training)
- Dedicated Resident Library with periodicals, texts, and computer terminals
- Internal moonlighting opportunities
- All residents: three weeks
- CA-2 and CA-3: Allowed five educational meeting days annually to attend approved anesthesiology CME program.
- Office of Student Records
- BH Robbins
- Vanderbilt International Anesthesia
- New Innovations
SEA (Society for Education in Anesthesia)
ASA - Medical Student Component
NY State Society
The Answer Page
MHAUS (Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States)
Virtual Anesthesia Machine
Acid Base Information