Rotations

As a resident in UNM's nationally accredited anesthesiology residency program, you’ll be exposed to a variety of subspecialty rotations.

Rotation Descriptions

Learn acute perioperative pain management, including neuraxial analgesia and peripheral nerve blockade techniques.

Master advanced airway techniques including:

  • Airway blocks
  • Bougies
  • Fiber optic intubation
  • Intubating LMAs
  • Other video assisted intubation techniques

This rotation provides experience in thoracic anesthesia, including the appropriate use of double lumen endotracheal tubes, univent tubes, bronchoscopy and thoracic analgesic techniques.

Learn to administer cardiac anesthesia for off-pump and on-pump coronary artery revascularization and valve replacements. Develop basic skills of transesophageal echocardiography. You may also participate in major vascular surgery during this rotation.

This rotation provides a diverse experience to interventional pain management techniques. You will be exposed to acute and chronic pain problems and learn a variety of medical and surgical techniques for treating pain. This rotation takes place at the VA and UNM Hospital.

Spend a month at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas, as a CA3 elective. This rotation provides additional experience and advanced training in cardiac anesthesia at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, one of the leading cardiothoracic institutions in the country.

As the only Level I Trauma Center in New Mexico, our institution sees critically injured patients from all over the state and the Southwest. Rotate through the medical, trauma/surgical, neurosurgical, cardiothoracic or pediatric ICU.

Train in satellite location anesthesia. This rotation emphasizes the additional considerations needed to perform anesthetics in a location away from the main operating room. CA3s will rotate for a month in this rotation.

The neurosurgical department offers a full range of neurosurgical cases, including vascular and nonvascular craniotomies and radiologic interventional neurosurgical procedures.

Approximately 3,500 obstetrical deliveries are performed a year at UNM Hospital. As a resident, you will face challenges unique to New Mexico—a state with a high rate of pregnancy-induced hypertension and complicated deliveries.

Under the guidance of the rotation director, residents receive excellent training in epidural anesthesia, continuous spinal anesthesia, combined spinal-epidural anesthesia and general anesthesia for cesarean section. An active (maternal/fetal medicine) service provides exposure to maternal-fetal transfusions in utero and other specialized procedures.

This elective is available to CA3s. Spend a month learning how to manage the operations of the operating room on a daily basis. Learn about board management and efficient staffing strategies while covering for perioperative emergencies.

The outpatient surgical center provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn a wide variety of regional anesthesia techniques. This rotation has arguably one of the best experiences in regional anesthesia in the country. Gain experience using ultrasound guided techniques in addition to traditional anatomic approaches.

A robust pediatric surgical caseload and exceptional pediatric anesthesiology faculty provide an outstanding rotation experience. You will provide regional anesthesia care for pediatric patients ranging from neonates to teenagers.

Learn firsthand about problems that can develop immediately after surgery. You will experience didactic and practical management of hemodynamic instability, airway problems, pain management and nausea and vomiting.

This month-long rotation elective offers an additional opportunity to gain experience and advanced training in cardiothoracic intensive care.

The main OR suite has 16 operating rooms and various mobile anesthetic sites. You will be exposed to a wide variety of trauma, orthopedic, gynecologic, ENT, general surgical and urologic procedures.

 This rotation provides additional experience in cardiac, thoracic, ICU and major vascular anesthesia. CA2 residents do one-month rotations here.