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Message from the Chief Residents

Welcome to the IU School of Medicine Anesthesiology Residency program! We are delighted that you are interested in IU! Our residency program offers outstanding anesthesiology training in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. We are the only anesthesiology residency in the state and one of the largest programs in the country. We are exposed to a wide variety of cases and patient pathology across five downtown Indianapolis hospitals, including healthy outpatients, critically ill inpatients, three Level-1 trauma centers, active transplant service, high-risk OB and six months of pediatric training over the course of our three year program. Not only are we provided with excellent clinical training, our program boasts a unique camaraderie among the residents, supportive and engaging faculty, state-of-the-art simulation lab, TEE and POCUS training, comprehensive didactics and exam preparation, elective monthly journal club and a resident wellness committee.

Prior to starting in the operating rooms as a CA1, you and your peers will attend an orientation session over the course of several days. Here, you’ll meet your co-residents and learn about program expectations. You'll spend most of your CA1 year providing general adult anesthesia, as well as two months of pediatric anesthesia.  During your CA2 and CA3 years, you’ll spend most of your training learning sub-specialty anesthesia, such as OB, acute and chronic pain, cardiovascular anesthesia, thoracic anesthesia and neuroanesthesia, as well as working in the surgical intensive care unit. In addition to fine-tuning your procedural skills, you’ll find yourself gaining the necessary confidence, decisiveness and autonomy so that you can be the ultimate advocate for your patients in the operating room.

Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy all that downtown Indianapolis has to offer! Sports fans, you can cheer on the Indianapolis Colts, Pacers and Indians during their home games! Not only is Indiana one of the most physician-friendly states in the nation, our cost of living is notably low. Enjoy the amenities of a big city without the high price or traffic! Family-friendly activities include visiting the Indianapolis Zoo, walking around the Children’s Museum, and strolling along the three mile Canal Walk. The world-renowned Indy 500 in May, Devour Indy and numerous restaurants and nightlife possibilities all make Indianapolis a remarkable city to call home. We hope you are as excited about our program as we are. We would be thrilled to have you join our residency family and can’t wait to meet you!

Katy Kirby, DO
Phil Wharton, MD

Chief Resident Leadership