A Messege from the Resident Recruitment Committee

Greetings. We are glad that you have decided to take a closer look at the Anesthesiology Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

Fred_Norris_Michelle_DowningFirst, let us introduce The Resident Recruitment Committee. We are a volunteer group of anesthesiology residents whose goal is to help applicants learn about our program.  We understand how difficult it is to choose a residency program that fits your individual and family needs, your personality, and your long term career goals.  We hope to provide you with information that is important to you as an individual, and we welcome any and all questions about our anesthesiology community, as well as the greater Birmingham and University community.   We are proud of our program and hope you take the time to consider UAB in your search for an anesthesiology residency.

Educationally, we believe our program to be well-balanced.  Our didactic program has recently been modified and entails lectures throughout the week in a structured, problem and topic oriented fashion.  Yearly we have a day-long difficult airway workshop that offers the opportunity to gain experience with a myriad of difficult airways tools and procedures.  We are the only Level-1 trauma center in the state and have a referral base throughout the southeast.

Additionally, our transplant program includes liver, heart, lung, kidney, and pancreas transplantation and is nationally renowned.  Clinically, most all residents have far exceeded the case and procedure requirement prior to starting their CA-3 year, leaving this year to schedule many elective months in areas the resident desires further training, such as transesophageal echocardiography, blood bank, and pediatric outpatient just to name a few of the many available.  Residents also rotate through our orthopedic outpatient surgery center and average over 60 regional blocks of all types over a one month period.  We have the only dedicated Children's hospital in the state, and also have a strong ICU experience as we rotate through the Neurosurgical ICU, Trauma/Burn ICU, and the anesthesiology-managed Surgical ICU.  Throughout residency, residents gain extensive experience in advanced airway management including awake fiberoptic intubation, transtracheal jet ventilation, retrograde intubation, etc.  Mock oral board exams are done twice a year, and we have accredited Pain, Critical Care, and Cardiothoracic fellowships available.  We believe the educational opportunities available at UAB to be of the best in the country.

Financially, resident salaries are on par with the national average.  In-house moonlighting     is available to residents of all years.  Parking is free, and residents are given 3 weeks of paid vacation per year.  Additionally, residents are afforded an extra paid week of conference leave.  Residents are also given a stipend of $1000 during their CA-1 and CA-2 years, and $1500 during their CA-3 year for books, pda's, travel expenses to conferences/review courses, etc.  

Our facilities are state-of-the-art, with new operating suites in 2004 with computerized records and new anesthesia machines.  The Women's and Infants Center opened in 2010 featuring new operating suites and the newest technology throughout.  Residents will rotate through not only these facilities but also the VA Hospital, UAB Highlands Surgery Center, and Children's Hospital, which is currently amidst construction of a new hospital.

Outside of the hospital, Birmingham is a great place to live.  Cost of living is low, and there are numerous social and outdoor activities throughout the city and surrounding areas.  Most importantly, the residents as a whole are a close group, getting together for social activities regularly.  As a group, many of the residents vacation together, travel to football games as a group, and are involved in the residents' spousal organization, JCRMA, which has social events monthly.

Once again, we are glad you have decided to take a closer look at UAB. For the reasons discussed prior, we believe our program to be one of the best in the nation.  We enjoy being residents at this program and would be glad to answer any questions or talk with you further if desired.  Feel free to contact us via the email listed below, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Michelle Downing, MD, and Fred Norris, MD
Resident Recruitment Directors