Recruitment FAQs

1. Current curriculum vitae
2. Personal statement
3. Dean’s letter
4. Three letters of recommendation (four letters for foreign medical graduates and at least one of those letters must be from the United States)
5. Transcript of the medical school record, certified by the medical school
6. Recent photo
7. Official record of board scores (USMLE/COMLEX)
8. Valid ECFMG certificate if graduating from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada
No, all applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or have a valid green card. At this time, the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management is not sponsoring/accepting any type of training visas.
The Department interviews applicants from November to January.
Once an applicant’s complete application is received, the application is reviewed by the recruitment committee. The Program Coordinator will then email the applicant with the committee’s decision.
The recruitment committee reviews all applications and then three faculty are assigned to review each. Once feedback is received, the recruitment committee will determine if an interview will be extended to the candidate. All applicants will be e-mailed with the review committee’s final decision.
Normally the Department conducts interviews from November to January. However, with this years unique interview season due to COVID-19 the Department will interview applicants from December to early February.
This year we will offer 0 “Advanced” and 3 “Reserved” positions.
We do not have a hard application deadline as we review applications in a rolling manner. However, due to the large number of applications we receive, we encourage submission of your application as soon as possible.
Yes, all residents participate in a scholarly activity project. Advanced research opportunities may also be available.
We are one of the few programs to offer fellowships in every ACGME approved subspecialty. We offer fellowship positions in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Obstetrical Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Regional and Acute Pain Medicine (recently approved for ACGME accreditation). Additionally, we offer TMB approved subspecialty fellowship positions in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Neuroanesthesia.
Over half of our graduating class will continue their training in fellowships both internally and externally.
Yes, the residents are able to participate in mission trips. The training program is also currently in the development stage of developing a global health elective.
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Aditee Ambardekar, M.D.
Program Director

Associate Program Directors
Lawrence Liang, M.D.
Alycia Wanat, M.D.
Nich Okoro, M.D.

Vice Chair of Education
Catherine Barden, M.D.

Program Coordinators
Rebecca Davis
GME Program Coordinator II

Aretha Caesar
Sr. Education Coordinator

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
and Pain Management
5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390-9068
Phone: 214-648-7837

COVID-19 Impact

We remain committed to the education and safety of our residents during these unprecedented times. In addition to following the ACGME requirements related to graduate medical education during the pandemic, we have taken additional steps to maintain the safety and training of our program’s residents. The Simulation Center at UTSW with guidance from the GME community has developed didactic and low-fidelity simulation-based training to ensure our residents can don and doff PPE in an evidence-based and skillful manner. Thereafter, we ensure that all residents, no matter the clinical site, have access to CDC-recommended PPE. Our perioperative volumes, while low during the slow-down in the Spring of 2020 have rebounded to near normal levels, our University Hospital system is growing as planned, and our relief pools department is growing to meet the demands. Our residents have ample clinical experience to meet requirements and board eligibility and all of our 2020 graduates were more than ready for graduation and joined fellowships and private practices across the country.

As we prepare for a new normal, the likelihood that COVID will remain in our clinical environments, we are providing opportunities for our residents to safely care for COVID patients in the perioperative areas. With proper PPE and supervision, our residents are now participating in urgent and emergent index cases. Consistent with our Program’s aims, we strive to ensure that trainees, upon completion of our program, will have the clinical education, skill, experience, and knowledge to not only be eligible for board certification in anesthesiology but also be able to incorporate excellent patient care, relevant medical knowledge, practice-based learning/improvement, systems-based practices, compassionate interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism into daily practice. We believe that providing our residents experiences to learn and understand COVID-19 care in the perioperative spaces is our responsibility as educators to achieve this aim.

We acknowledge that our residents’ lives at home may challenge their ability to care for COVID-19 patients in a psychologically and physically safe way. Transparent and regular communications from our Program leadership and a safe and honest space to visit with and discuss resident concerns are imperative for the success of our residents, our residency, and the future of our profession. We encourage our residents to voice their personal and specific issues that preclude care of COVID-19 patients and have a no-judgement policy when it comes to how residents prioritize these issues as it relates to exposure to these patients.