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Residency Rotations

The UNM School of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care offers many residency rotations in regional anesthesia and perioperative pain medicine. As a resident you'll gain experience in two rotations at our outpatient surgery center in ambulatory surgery and regional anesthesia.

Learning Complex Procedures

Residents rotate at UNM Hospital for the Acute Pain Service rotation where they learn complex perioperative pain management and inpatient pain medicine. At UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, residents learn about perioperative pain medicine for more complex orthopedic procedures, such as total hip and knee replacements. In their senior year, residents can opt to gain even more experience in regional and perioperative rotations.

Placing a paravertebral block

Placing a paravertebral block

About Rotations

  • UNM Hospital Main Operating Rooms: The main operating room suite has 16 operating rooms and various mobile anesthetic sites. The resident will be exposed to a wide variety of trauma, orthopedic, gynecologic, ENT, general surgical and urologic procedures.
  • Obstetric Anesthesia: Approximately 3,500 obstetrical deliveries are performed per year. New Mexico arguably has a high rate of pregnancy-induced hypertension and complicated deliveries. Under the guidance of the rotation director, our 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.
  • Pediatric Anesthesia: A robust pediatric surgical caseload and exceptional pediatric anesthesiology faculty provide for an outstanding experience on this rotation. The resident will provide regional anesthesia care for pediatric patients ranging in age from neonates to teenagers. 
  • Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services (OSIS): The outpatient surgical center provides an excellent opportunity for the resident to learn a wide variety of regional anesthesia techniques. This rotation has arguably one of the best experiences in regional anesthesia in the country. Ultrasound guided techniques are utilized in addition to traditional anatomic approaches.
  • Airway Management: In this rotation the resident masters advanced airway techniques including fiber optic intubation, Bullard laryngoscope, light wands, Shakani intubating stylet, bougies, intubating and Proseal LMAs, airway blocks and conditions that affect airway management.
  • Cardiothoracic Rotation: This rotation provides experience in thoracic anesthesia, including the appropriate use of double lumen endotracheal tubes, univent tubes, bronchoscopy and thoracic analgesic techniques. Cardiac anesthesia for off-pump and on-pump coronary artery revascularization and valve replacements will be administered. The resident is expected to develop basic skills of transesophogeal echocardiography. Major vascular surgery may also be done during this rotation.
  • Neuroanesthesia: The neurosurgical department offers a full range of neurosurgical cases, including vascular and nonvascular craniotomies as well as radiologic interventional neurosurgical procedures.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): As the only Level I Trauma Center in New Mexico, our institution sees critically injured patients from all over the state and the Southwest region. Our residents are offered the opportunity to rotate through the Medical, Trauma/Surgical, Neurosurgical or Pediatric ICUs.
  • VA Medical Center: This rotation provides additional experience in cardiac, thoracic and major vascular anesthesia. CA2 residents do one month rotations here.
  • Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit: This rotation exposes the resident to the variety of problems that develop immediately after surgery. Didactic and practical management of hemodynamic instability, airway problems, pain management and nausea and vomiting are encountered.
  • Chronic Pain: This rotation provides a diverse experience to interventional pain management techniques. It also exposes the resident to acute and chronic pain problems and offers a variety of medical and surgical techniques for treating pain. This rotation takes place at the VA and UNM hospitals.
  • Acute Pain: The acute pain service rotation educates residents in acute perioperative pain management. Techniques such as epidural analgesia and peripheral nerve blockade are now commonly employed at our institution.
  • Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC): This rotation takes place in our regional county hospital in Sandoval County and provides the resident with experience working with private practice providers. CA1 residents rotate here after spending a few months in the main OR.
  • Mobiles: This rotation focuses on training residents in satellite location anesthesia, and will emphasize the additional considerations necessary when performing anesthetics in a location away from the main operating room. CA3s will rotate for a month in this rotation.
  • Methodist Hospital: Our CA3 residents have the opportunity to spend a month or more at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. This rotation provides additional experience and advanced training in cardiac anesthesia at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, one of the leading cardiothoracic institutions in the country.
  • University of California – San Diego: This month-long rotation elective offers an additional opportunity to gain experience and advanced training in cardiac anesthesia.
  • University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Tucson: During this rotation, an educational opportunity in aspects of critical care anesthesia training.  A particular emphasis exists for providing experience with patients that have perioperative critical illness and other acute/chronic medical problems including cardiomyopathy.