Department of Anesthesiology - Residency Program

    The Department of Anesthesiology at Loma Linda University was established in order to advance medical knowledge in the operating room. Since then, the practice of anesthesiology has evolved to incorporate the perioperative arena as well. This encompasses preoperative assessment, OR management, intensive care, and postoperative care, including pain management. Our goal is to prepare our residents to achieve competence in all aspects of anesthesiology by training each resident to become a consultant anesthesiologist.

    The department has received approval to transition to a 4-year program (i.e. clinical base year included). We have three such slots beginning in July 2009, with additional slots to be added in successive years. Applicants interested in this development should contact us.

    About the Program

    The clinical anesthesia curriculum is divided into three areas (basic, subspecialty, and advanced clinical), which essentially follow the three years of the training process.

    • CA-1: The first year of clinical training features instruction in basic anesthetic techniques. This training is intended to emphasize fundamental aspects of anesthesia care.

    • CA-3: The third year of clinical training will consist of a minimum six months of advanced anesthesia training. For the remaining six months residents may choose from the following three options (or from portions of each): 1) advanced anesthesia training; 2) one to three selected subspecialty rotations; or 3) research. Residents may train in one anesthesia subspecialty for at most six months during the CA-3 year and no more than 12 months during the CA 1-3 years.


    The Department of Anesthesiology offers fellowships in critical care, pediatric anesthesia, and cardiothoracic anesthesia. A pain management fellowship is also offered through the Center for Pain Management.


    Formal resident education consists of the following: two hours of didactic lecture each week (these are based upon the content outline prepared by the American Board of Anesthesiology); departmental grand rounds held each Wednesday; weekly subspecialty conferences in pediatric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, intensive care (biweekly), and pain management; an introductory lecture series for entering anesthesiology residents; board review sessions each spring; simulation education including basic introductory sessions for CA-1s in July; and a monthly journal club.


    Applications to the anesthesiology program for the March 2009 match will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will be offering 15-16 CA-1 (PGY-2) positions and 3 CB (PGY-1) positions. The deadline for application is Friday, November 7, 2008. See more information on the application process. If you have any additional questions please call Cari Stephens, our Residency Coordinator, by one of the methods below.

    Department of Anesthesiology
    Loma Linda University Medical Center
    11234 Anderson Street, Room 2534
    Loma Linda, California 92354
    Phone: (909) 558-4015
    Fax: (909) 558-0214

    We appreciate your interest in our department and encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have. Feel free to peruse our web site and check back often as we are once again in the process of a major web site reconstruction!

    Gary R. Stier, MD, Program Director
    John Lenart, MD, Associate Program Director