Schlitz

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AS A RESIDENT

The typical day depends on the rotation, but we usually arrive around 5:30 to set up our OR prior to morning conference. Cases start at 7:00 (or 8:00 on Tuesday), and residents are relived at 3:00 unless on-call or participating in internal moonlighting.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ANESTHESIOLOGY AS YOUR SPECIALTY?

I enjoy the fast pace and the acuity of patient care. There are new challenges to face every day. 

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE IN RESIDENCY?

There is something to learn from every patient and situation. We frequently take care of critically ill patients with complex medical problems and are sometimes required to make decisions quickly.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy playing golf and just spending time outdoors. My wife and I travel frequently and love visiting new places.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UAB FOR ANESTHESIA RESIDENCY?

UAB offers outstanding clinical training that allows graduates to be successful in any practice environment they choose to pursue. The close-knit community of the department (co-residents, faculty, and staff) make UAB Anesthesia special. The camaraderie and focus on wellness make time spent in training enjoyable.   

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER FINISHING YOUR RESIDENCY?

I will be joining a practice in the community.

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD YOU TO BETTER PREPARE YOU TO BE A CHIEF RESIDENT?

You must focus on doing what’s best for the group rather than pleasing everyone. (I was told this but didn’t appreciate the challenge initially.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE QUALITIES OR CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD ANESTHESIOLOGIST?

Calm under pressure, team-player, dependable, compassionate, strong communicator

ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD?

Thank you to the faculty, staff, my co-residents, and co-chiefs that have helped make this year, and residency in general, such a great experience!