|Residency Program Inquiries||updated: 09-13-21|
- CA-3 Resident Dr. Karim Shuaib will do an Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian in 2022-23.
- Several of our residents performed at or above the top 10% nationwide on the ABA Basic Exam that is taken at the end of CA1 year. In 2021, 30% of the CA1 class received special recognition from the ABA for their top 10% performance! Congrats Drs. Jack Scorcese, Chris Seiter and Paul Kozlowski !
- Visit our Instagram and Twitter pages!
- CA-3 Resident Dr. Saamia Alam will do a Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in 2022-23.
- The CA-3 resident class of 2021 created the patient education video: Adductor Canal Block as part of their class QI project.
- Residents presented 3 Abstracts at the (virtual) 2021 North American Neuromodulation Society meeting.
- Residents presented 3 Abstracts and 12 Medically Challenging Cases at the (virtual) 2020 PGA meeting.
- Residents presented 3 Abstracts and 18 Medically Challenging Cases at the (virtual) 2020 ASA meeting.
- The CA-2 residents had a 100% pass rate on the ABA Basic Exam in August 2020!
- The CA-2 and CA-3 residents ranked above the 95th percentile nationally on the 2020 In-Training Exams!
The mission of the Residency Program at Stony Brook Medicine is to educate and facilitate the achievement of excellence in anesthesia care and thereby create physicians, who in the course of their careers will play a role in improving the quality of healthcare in our nation. The Department of Anesthesiology faculty excel in patient care, education and research and provide the educational experience for the residents. As a demonstration of our commitment to the residency program, we offer a comprehensive didactic program with all-day education days, an educational intranet, a dedicated faculty mentor for each resident, abundant opportunities for QA/QI projects, clinical and basic research, a generous educational allowance and a compensation package that is among the best in the country.
Our program's impressive annual ACGME resident survey results (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21) and our residents' outstanding >95%tile in-training exam performances (CA2 report, CA3 report) reflect the exceptional training and educational resources provided in our residency program. The end product of this anesthesia residency education is a superbly trained consultant in anesthesiology, able to provide the highest quality of care to patients in the most challenging clinical conditions.
Healthgrades named Stony Brook Medicine as one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™” for 2019, 2020, and 2021! This puts us in the top 2% of hospitals in the nation for exhibiting clinical excellence year over year. [Read more]
Resident wellness, or as we say
🔥 IT'S LIT 🔥, is a priority in our program! Mindfulness and other wellness sessions are integrated into the didactic curriculum as well as weekly lunches with the Chairman and class meetings with the Program Director. The institution and department hosts various social and team building events throughout the year including happy hours, BBQs, holiday parties, dinners, bowling parties, puppy socials, Spartan Races, and an annual ski trip. Our Instagram page shows what we do for fun! Also check out our departmental photo and video pages.
Residency Program At-a-Glance
▶ Welcome Messages
▶ ABA Basic Exam
Several of our residents perform at or above the top 10% nationwide on the ABA Basic Exam that is taken at the end of CA1 year. In 2021, 33.3% of the CA1 class received special recognition from the ABA for their top 10% performance! Congrats Jack, Chris and Paul!
▶ ACGME Resident Survey Results
ACGME Resident Survey 2020-21 (click graph to see full report)
ACGME Resident Survey 2019-20 (click graph to see full report)
ACGME Resident Survey 2018-19 (click graph to see full report)
▶ Annual In-training Exam Performance
2021 Intraining Exam Performance (click graph to see full report)
2020 Intraining Exam Performance (click graph to see full report)
▶ Chief Residents 2021-2022
▶ Clinical Base Year
The Stony Brook Anesthesiology Residency Program is a four-year program. During the clinical year (PGY- 1), our interns rotate through the Emergency Room, Surgery, Medicine, MICU, Echo, Acute Pain, Palliative Pain Management and Anesthesiology.
▶ Clinical Divisions and Rotations
The department is organized into clinical Divisions that emphasize the many subspecialties of anesthesiology.
Use the links below to meet the members of each Division, learn about their academic and research activities, and discover what a Day-in-the-Life-of-a-Resident is like!
▶ Clinical Skills Center and Simulation
Simulation is a component of our residents’ educational experience. There are numerous values to simulation. These include standardization of education, allowing residents to have their medical decisions proceed to a logical conclusion without attending intervention, identification of weaknesses in knowledge base as well as improving technical ability and learning through a kinesthetic teaching process.
The Clinical Skills Center at Stony Brook Medicine is a 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art training center that can be used as a resource for specialized training of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The Department of Anesthesiology has played a critical role in this Center from its inception. An operating room, complete with a high fidelity mannequin and a realistic setting, makes this an exciting educational experience. The majority of the Wednesday teaching sessions include a simulator component.
The simulator is used to create rare and dangerous situations that the resident may never see during the course of a residency. Examples include airway fires, malignant hyperthermia, anaphylaxis and the incapacitated surgeon. In addition, more routine types of cases and complications can be taught in the simulator, so the resident can encounter such scenarios as “cannot intubate, cannot ventilate” or serious arrhythmias in a safe environment. They can practice clinical skills such as intubate and placing lines on mannequins instead of “real patients”.
▶ Clinical Training
From the outset, the department has maintained a fully accredited residency training program. We are a four-year program. The Clinical Base Year (CBY) consists of rotations in the Departments of Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine, including 12 weeks of medicine, 8 weeks of MICU, 12 weeks of surgery, 4 weeks in the Emergency Room, 4 weeks in Anesthesiology and 4-6 weeks in Pain Management. The CBY residents will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and residents in the Department of Anesthesiology.
Three groups of residents undergo training in each of the three clinical anesthesia years of training (CA-1, 2 and 3 years equivalent to PGY 2, 3 and 4). There is large variety in a very substantial caseload. All specialties and subspecialties are represented. All anesthetics are delivered by residents under the direction of an attending anesthesiologist. This supervision is given 24 hours per day, either on a one-to-one basis or, at most, in a ratio of one attending for two residents. It is an expression of our standard: optimal care, for all patients, at all hours. This applies not only in the operating rooms, but also in the obstetrical delivery suite, the intensive care units and the pain clinic.
This clinical instruction may be strenuous and demanding; it is alleviated by the strong personal relationship between attending and resident and by certain amenities, such as breaks throughout the working day, an attending late call system to allow timely resident relief, education days that break up the clinical routine and wellness sessions to provide self-care education and social support. In addition, we have a night float call system. Residents on OR night float are off on all weekends for the rotation. Weekend call for other rotations averages 1-2 weekends/resident/month. Duty hours range from 47-55 hours/week if not on weekend call, 65-74 hours/week if on weekend call.
▶ Clinical Training Sites
▶ Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook University Hospital is committed to building an inclusive culture that celebrates the diverse voices in our residents, faculty and staff. We do not discriminate based on race, sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, citizenship, or any other values that makes us each unique. The voices of our different viewpoints and perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences are valued.
We celebrate diversity and seek to promote the inclusion of everyone in our residency program. Our residents, faculty, students, support staff and patients represent a wide range of countries, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual identities, all which reflect and enhance our medical community and all those whom we serve. For further information on how our institution is committed to inclusion and diversity, please visit: https://renaissance.stonybrookmedicine.edu/gme/diversity_inclusion.
Wednesday 7 AM Conferences
Wednesday 8:00am- 3:00pm Conferences (1 CA cohort per week; 1-2 times/month/CA class)
There are over 80 faculty members in the Department of Anesthesiology. Many of them are involved in all three aspects of the department: clinical care, teaching and research. Some of them, including eight Ph.D scientists, focus on one particular aspect. Faculty members have joint appointments in other departments and training programs in the Medical School including Physiology & Biophysics, Pharmacological Sciences, Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Dental Medicine and Urology. Many are active in the field of anesthesiology at the state, national and international levels.
Books and book chapters
▶ Fellowship Matches
30-70% of our residents pursue fellowships
40-60% of the graduates enter private practice
Visit our Alumni page
▶ Global Health
The Department of Anesthesiology supports Residents and Attendings to participate in Global Health trips (Medical Missions). Recent destinations include Zambia, The Philippines, Ecuador, China and Honduras.
I went to Zambia during my last year of residency. I was so lucky to go - it was definitely an eye opener. I saw and learned SO much! it gave me a totally different perspective on medicine, how it can be done so differently with minimal resources. It forced me to get out of my comfort zone, and to still provide safe medical care. Now as an attending who is going on medical missions, I would recommend this experience to everyone!
-Dr. Anna Kogan, former Stony Brook Resident and current Stony Brook Attending
Ecuador Mission. Challenges: No consistent monitors, no emergency drugs available, finite amount of oxygen available, minimal equipment available. What we learned: You can work with less, not all propofol is created equal, you can reuse everything, turnover is faster without Joint Commission
-Drs. Justin Smith and Minxi Wang, class of 2018.
Philippines January 2019 video. Mission with Uplift Internationale to Naga City in the Philippines.
▶ Hospital Awards
Stony Brook Medicine has won numerous awards for clinical performance from Healthgrades.
The Division of OB Anesthesiology has been named a Center of Excellence by the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. The SOAP Center of Excellence (COE) designation was created to recognize institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care and to set a benchmark of expected care to improve standards nationally and internationally.
The Maternity Ward was voted as Long Island's Best.
▶ Journal Club
Journal Club is held every other month. Meetings take place during dinner either on campus or at a nearby restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere. All faculty, residents, CRNAs and medical students rotating through the department are invited to attend.
Journal club is a didactic tool to teach lifelong learning skills. It is a way to keep current in the anesthesiology literature and to learn to read the literature with a critical eye.
Journal Club is organized and moderated by Ursula N. Landman, D.O. and Eric Zabierowicz, M.D. All residents and faculty members have an opportunity to present at least once during the three year cycle.
Current and past Journal Club topics
▶ Mentor Program
Our program offers a formal Mentor Program where each resident is assigned to a faculty mentor at the start of the CA1 year. Residents may change their mentor if they like or they may obtain a second subspecialty faculty mentor.
▶ Office-based Anesthesia
We provide exposure to Office based surgery. CA-3 residents rotate with an anesthesiologist where they are exposed to the isolated lonely environment of an office setting. This office is fully certified and offers the highest possible safety standards. This should prepare the residents to set the highest standards for themselves when they eventually are exposed to this growing arena. Office-based Anesthesia is a component of the Ambulatory Anesthesia rotation.
▶ Operating Rooms
Modern ORs with state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities
▶ Preoperative Services
Deborah Richman MB, ChB, FFA(SA), is the dedicated on-site Attending for Preoperative Services. Residents do a four-week rotation at Preoperative Services, a standalone outpatient clinic about 10 minutes from the hospital.
For more information see the General Division.
▶ Program Grade
The Anesthesiology Residency Program at Stony Brook University Hospital received an overall A+ grade from Doximity Residency Navigator in 2021.
▶ Research: Clinical, Quality Improvement, and Basic Science
The Department of Anesthesiology has outstanding infrastructure and opportunities for residents who wish to learn how to conduct clinical research, QA/QI projects and basic research.
We have excellent mentors who have a track record of assisting trainees to design, complete, and publish innovative projects. For example, the Chair (Dr. Gan) and Vice- Chair for Clinical Research (Dr. Bennett-Guerrero) have both mentored countless individuals over the last 25 years.
In addition to expert mentoring, there is dedicated departmental infrastructure to support research including clinical research coordinators, data management and biostatistical expertise, and clinical research space with patient stretcher, monitoring, IV infusion pump, -80 and -30 freezers, refrigerator, and refrigerated centrifuge. The department also offers seed money for promising projects and dedicated research time during the CA-3 year.
RECENT RESEARCH/QA PROJECTS
The department is also extremely active in quality improvement projects, especially Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). Our Chairman (Dr. Gan) was the founding President of the American Society of Advanced Recovery (ASER) and is an internationally recognized expert in enhanced recovery. We have a dedicated ERAS coordinator who has been helping us expand from 4 to approximately 10 active protocols in different surgical procedures. Residents are encouraged to be involved in these efforts and are required to complete a QI or patient safety project during residency. For example, a graduating CA-3 resident worked on the lumbar spine fusion ERAS protocol during his residency, presented his results at the Department’s Academic Evening, where he won Best Resident Award, and is currently drafting the manuscript.
The Anesthesiology department has a strong and growing group of basic research scientists investigating fundamental topics in neuroscience, and in biological impacts of anesthesiology. Basic research in the department is diverse, including investigation of mechanisms of chronic and acute pain (Tang, Kaczocha, Puopolo, Azim), biological impacts of adult neurogenesis (Enikolopov), cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration (Dubnau), impact of anesthesia on cancer metastasis (Jun Lin), fundamental biology of cilia function (Peunova) and development of novel approaches for bone implants (Pentyala). Basic researchers in the department are highly successful in obtaining external funding from the NIH and other granting agencies.
Academic Research Evening
▶ Resident Call Rooms
There are 3 call rooms for the 3 on-call main OR residents each night and 1 call room for the OB anesthesia resident on-call. Two of the main OR call rooms are pictured and are well-equipped with a flat screen TV, computer and printer. These two rooms have 2 twin beds and one of the rooms also has a small couch; the third call room for the main OR has one twin bed.
▶ Resident Presentations at National Meetings
We encourage our Residents to present research posters and Medically Challenging Cases at national meetings such as the ASA and PGA. Residents whose abstracts are accepted for presentation are fully funded to attend the meeting. A listing of the publications and presentations of each resident can be found on the Residents web page. Browse the archives of presentations since 2009.
Presentations at North American Neuromodulation Society January 2021
Bracero LA, Gupta AK. Challenges in Clinical Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Due to COVID-19 Outbreak in New York
Kim BS, Kang RS, Shim H. Treatment of CPRS in the Setting of Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer
Shah R, Mikell C, Gupta AK. Cingulotomy for Chronic Lower Extremity Pain After Failed Neuromodulation and DREZ
Presentations at NYSSA-PGA December 2020
Kang RS, Beg T, Mavarez-Martinez A, Punta C, Bergese SD. Clinical Features of COVID-19 Patients Requiring Endotracheal Tube Exchange
Kang RS, Kim BS, Gupta AK. Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain: Two Case Studies And Literature
Kang RS, Chojnowski R, Oleszak SP. Development of Subglottic Mass Following Intubation for COVID-19
Kang RS, Nguyen CP, Gruen A. Airway Management Of A Patient With Anterior Cervical Hematoma
Kim BS, Kang RS, Caldwell W. Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial For Neuropathic Pain Secondary To Chronic GVHD
Kant I, Kang RS, Hutnik R, Zlatopolsky A, Oleszak SP. Transnasal and Transoral Retrograde Intubation in Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy
Bracero LA, Gupta AK. Upper Extremity Improvement With Spinal Cord Stimulation for Back and Leg Pain
Bracero LA, Caldwell W. CRPS After Total Hip Arthroplasty Managed with Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
Jin Z, Islam A, Ding O, Li R, Lin J. Liposomal Bupivacaine In Regional Anesthesia, A Systematic Review
Jin Z, Li R, Lin J. The Effect Of Regional Anesthesia On Outcomes After Oncological Surgery
Shuaib K, Angelo T, Poppers J, Factor M. Anesthetic Considerations in a Parturient with Complex Cardiac History and Pulmonary Hypertension
Kant I, Labiak J, Gupta A. Bilateral Sacroiliac Joint Fusion For Chronic Back Pain
Kant I, Lokshina I, Wang E. Post Dural Puncture Headache Prevention With Abdominal Binder And Bowel Regimen
Mathew A, Moore R. Combined Erector Spinae Plane And Pudendal Nerve Block For Pediatric Orchiopexy
Taft A, Lee A, , Richman DC, Gupta AK. Pre-Operative Evaluation and Intraoperative Management of a Patient with EDAC (Excessive dynamic airways collapse)
Presentation at ASRA November 2020
Kim BS, Kang RS, Caldwell W. Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Secondary to Chronic Graft-vs-Host Disease with Spinal Cord Stimulator.
Presentations at the ASA Meeting, October 2020
Jin Z, Gan S, Schabel J, Gan TJ. Palonosetron-dexamethasone Combination Vs Ondansetron-dexamethasone for Ponv Prophylaxis, a Meta-analysis
Xiao A, Kim B, Schwartz JA. Vent: a User Friendly Application for the Inexperienced Clinician Managing Ventilators in the Intensive Care Setting
Kim B, Costa AC, Schabel JE. Changes in Practice for Obstetric Anesthesia in Parturients During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Kang R, Kowal RA, Schwartz JA. Anesthetic Management of a Patient with a Tracheo-innominate Artery Fistula
Parsey D, Shuaib K, Watson E, Schwartz J, Kowal RA, Poppers JS. Diagnosis and Management of Unique Gerbode Defect Variation Consisting of a Bi-atrial Regurgitant Jet At the Base of the Inter-atrial Septum Originating From the Left Ventricular Outflow Tract
Alam S, Tenure RS, Poppers JS. La Thrombus Formation on An Amplatzer Occluder Device in a Patient with Factor V Leiden on Dabigatran
Scorsese G, Figueroa C, Zabirowicz E. Prone Compressions in a Coronavirus 2019 Intensive Care Patient
Kang R, Chojnowski R, Kowal RA. Awake Tracheostomy in a Patient with a Supraglottic Mass
Lee A, Guthrie D, Brar C, Fischl AM. Anesthetic Management of Patient with a Large Retropharyngeal Abscess Extending Into the Mediastinum
Chojnowski R, Kang RS, Guo X. Emergent Intraoperative Tracheal Resection for Anterior Tracheal Mass with Extended Margins.
Watson E, Shim HB. Airway Management of a Patient with Recurrent Basal Cell Carcinoma with Reconstructive Tissue Flap, Limited Mouth Opening and Loose Dental Bridge
Kant I, Kang RS, Brar C, Oleszak SP. Retrograde Nasal Fiberoptic Intubation in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Kang RS, Brar C, Oleszak SP. Airway Management of a Patient with a Multinodular Goiter Causing Tracheal Compression
Shah R, Katz S, Atkinson DJ. Severe Post-induction Bronchospasm in a Patient with Atypical Carcinoid Tumor
Kang RS, Kant I, Brar C, Oleszak SP. Reversal of Neuromuscular Blockade with Sugammadex in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Bracero L, Alam S, Wang E, Costa AC, Schabel JE. Subdural Hematoma Requiring Surgical Evacuation Following Dural Puncture Epidural (DPE): a Newly Reported Complication
Mathew A, Adsumelli RS, Tito M, Pollard J, Kowalska D. A Parturient with Symptomatic Covid Disease, Three Negative Pcr Tests and Positive Antibodies: a Management Dilemma
Alam S, Bracero LA, Costa AC, Schabel JE, Bergese SD. Subdural Hematoma Following Dural Puncture Epidural in a Patient with a Chronic Right Parietal Hemangioma
Figueroa C, Kang RS, Kaushal AK. Hypertonia Observed After Omnipaque Administration
Bracero L, Gupta A. Challenges in Clinical Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (crps) Due to Covid-19 Outbreak in New York
Kang RS, Figueroa C, Chojnowski R, Gupa AK. Complete Resolution of Phantom Limb Pain After Lumbar Sympathetic Block
Presentations at the Perioperative Medicine Summit, Orlando March 2020
Mathew A, Adsumelli R, Gupta AK, Richman DC. Propofol Associated Acute Pancreatitis Following General Anesthesia: A Case Report
Cervo K, Richman DC, Complications of neck radiation – beyond the difficult airway
Mavarez-Martinez A, Al-Bizri E, Tateosian VS. Transversus Abdominus Plane Block in Neonates: An Underutilized Approach for PostOperative Pain Management
▶ Resident Research Track
The Stony Brook Mentored Anesthesiology Research Track (SMART) is a highly selective residency track designed to increase the number of graduates pursuing academic careers by offering trainees dedicated research experience while meeting the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) clinical training requirements for residency. Selected residents will receive additional research training and mentoring as they prepare to become future physician scientists. The resident research track option in anesthesiology residency is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).
▶ Resident Life
Rotations at Stony Brook Medicine assigned as four-week blocks
How we have fun!
Our resident Instagram page : @stonybrookanesthesia
🔥 IT'S LIT 🔥
▶ "Resilience at the Brook" Respite Room
Stony Brook University Hospital has an onsite a respite room that is open 24/7 for residents and staff. It has a massage/vibration chair, yoga mats, color-by-number books and pencils, comfy couches, TV and tables to eat at. It’s a great place to take a break.
▶ Rotation Experience
A day-in-the-life of a Resident on Rotation
▶ Salary and Benefits
The residents in the Department of Anesthesiology receive a salary that fits in the highest range in the country. The salary base is contractually increased annually. Full malpractice coverage of all clinical activity performed in the course of duty, basic and major medical insurance, dental insurance and a drug prescription plan are provided. Residents receive four weeks vacation leave per annum. Residents have the opportunity to attend a major national Anesthesiology meeting every year.
Current salary information
Telephone information: 631-632-6770
House Staff Office: 631-444-2754.
▶ Sample Resident Main OR Weekend Call and Night Float Schedule
▶ Teaching Hospitals
Resident training in Anesthesiology is provided in two medical centers: Stony Brook University Medical Center and the Northport Veterans Administration Hospital.
Since we began providing care in 1980, the staff of Stony Brook University Medical Center has been committed to delivering excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service.
Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center offers quality medical, surgical, psychiatric, rehabilitative and skilled nursing care to Long Island veterans. With highly qualified and experienced healthcare professionals, state-of-the-art technology, a full range of services, and high ratings with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and other respected accrediting health care organizations, Northport VA Medical Center has a reputation for providing superior healthcare to Long Island's veterans.
▶ Teaching Videos
"Since the day I came to the Stony Brook Anesthesiology family, I have felt nothing but support from all levels of the department. I came in ambitious and goal-oriented, and I can honestly say I accomplished everything that I set out do. With the help of our attending anesthesiologists, I am ready to hit the ground running when it comes to plying my trade as an attending. With the support of the research department, I have been able to add meaningful publications to the academic world. With the backing of my program director and chair of anesthesiology, I was able to take on leadership positions on a local and national level, in addition to completing an MBA program. My co-residents were nothing short of amazing and will undoubtedly become lifelong friends. I truly feel blessed to have been able to complete my anesthesiology residency at Stony Brook, as I feel I could not have had this experience anywhere else in the country, As I start a family and move on to the next chapter of my career, I know that I will miss the family I made right here at Stony Brook. "
Duran Ryan Mitchell, MD, MBA
2021 Resident Graduate, Stony Brook Department of Anesthesiology
2021 MBA Graduate, Brandeis University
2021-22 Chronic Pain Fellow, Duke University Department of Anesthesiology
"I have had an amazing experience at Stony Brook. For me, the biggest strength of the program is the people. The attendings are invested in teaching, and the program truly cultivates a supportive learning environment. Due to the combination of high case volume and the fact that residents do all complex cases, we graduate feeling very ready to practice independently. In addition, having ample opportunity to get involved in medical student education is something that I have very much enjoyed. On the whole, I could not have asked for a better place to learn how to become an outstanding anesthesiologist."
Josiah Miles, MD,
2021 Resident Graduate, Stony Brook Department of Anesthesiology
2021-22 Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellow, Albert Einstein Medical Center
"Stony Brook Anesthesia residency is an excellent program with great faculty and amazing co-residents! This program prepares you well to take on the real world, whether it be private or academic practice. Our residents always match well to fellowships in the fields they want and have amazing support from our faculty. We do plenty of complex cases and have the opportunity to do many, many procedures. There are actually no anesthesia subspecialty fellows here, so we work directly with pediatric, cardiac, and pain attendings and get plenty of 1-on-1 teaching. Intern year acclimates you to the system and you work with your future subspecialty colleagues. Other benefits are that we have an academic day every three weeks where we get to come together as a class, enjoy a free meal, and get lectures from our attendings. All of our residents look forward to this day. We also get a generous education stipend which helps pay for our licensing and board exams. They even give us additional education funds if we do well on our in-training exams. Lastly, we have an amazing program director who really goes above and beyond for the residents. She is a true resident advocate who supports us and stands up for us. I think the program is small enough (10 residents per class) that we all get to know each other really well, but it's big enough that we get to do a wide variety of cases. Overall, residency was a great experience, and it has taught me to become a confident anesthesiologist!"
"Stony Brook's anesthesia residency program does a great job of preparing you for the next step, whether it is fellowship or private practice. During fellowship, I appreciated how much I got to do during residency at Stony Brook because I was not competing for cases or procedures with fellows. The residents at Stony Brook get to work directly with attendings and learn from them 1 on 1, even in the most complex, high risk cases. I also realized during fellowship that a medium-sized residency program is great because you can actually keep in touch with all of your co-residents after residency and see that everyone is doing well. Stony Brook did an excellent job of preparing me for fellowship"
Manuel Lee, MD
2020 Resident Graduate, Stony Brook Department of Anesthesiology
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow 2021-22
Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
"As my residency ends with Stony Brook Anesthesiology, I will never forget what an outstanding experience this program provides. Stony Brook Anesthesiology has innovative teaching techniques, for example, full day Academic Wednesdays where you get excused from the OR duties to attend lectures and simulations. There is a diverse array of clinical experiences including outpatient pain procedures, complex cardiac cases and mechanical support, offsite anesthesia, a bustling neuro-intervention suite, interesting OB cases, and anesthesiologist intensivists teaching critical care. There is abundant availability to become involved in clinical and basic science research, and there is opportunity to present at major conferences including ASRA, ASA, PGA, and IARS. The environment at Stony Brook is a great place to work thanks to all the faculty, nurses, and clinical staff, and Long Island is a great place to live. If I had to make my rank list again today, there is no doubt in my mind that Stony Brook Anesthesiology would be #1!"
RIchard Tenure, MD
2020 Resident Graduate, Stony Brook Department of Anesthesiology
2020-21 Critical Care Fellow, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
2021-22 Cardiac Anesthesia Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
"If I were making my rank list again today, I would 100% without hesitation put Stony Brook as my #1 choice for anesthesia residency. I could not be happier with the training and experience I received. During my tenure there and afterwards, the faculty invested in my education and professional development. It is remarkable what can be achieved with mentors and faculty that invest in you as a physician and adult learner. I was an average medical student at best. The experience, resources, and opportunities at Stony Brook Anesthesia propelled me to one of the most competitive fellowship positions in our field, first author on original research and book chapters, and ready to take on any challenge the day after graduation."
"Having completed cardiac fellowship I now see how lucky I was to have done my general anesthesia training at Stony Brook. We got to do all of the most complex cases with attendings who were focusing on getting you as an individual to the next level of practicing anesthesia. Little did I know when I was in residency how well recognized our attendings are on the state and national stage as teachers, clinicians, and researchers. So many times during the last year I remember using things my attendings at SB had taught me to guide me through an acute situation in the OR...and yes, referencing all of Dr. Poppers' handouts. Residency at Stony Brook 100% put me ahead of the curve to start fellowship."
Leif Ericksen, MD
2020 Resident Graduate, Stony Brook Department of Anesthesiology
2020-21 Cardiac Anesthesia Fellow, NYU Department of Anesthesiology
"I just finished my cardiac anesthesiology fellowship. After having close interactions with another residency program during fellowship, I am glad to report that I feel that Stony Brook’s anesthesiology program is exceptional in every aspect and prepares graduates for future success."
Demetri Adrahtas, MD
2019 Resident Graduate, Stony Brook Department of Anesthesiology
2020 Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellow, Rutgers University
"My experience and education during residency had exceeded my expectations and milestones that were required."
Michael Khalili, MD
2019 Residency Graduate, Stony Brook University Department of Anesthesiology
2019-2020 Pain Management Fellow, Columbia University Department of Anesthesiology
"I have to admit that I was not thrilled about starting residency at the same institution where I had just completed medical school. I wanted to try living in another part of the country. Life, however, dictated my fate... and I could not be happier. Aside from meeting some of my best friends during residency (and I still have one as a colleague here ☺), I feel incredibly well trained. I have friends all over the country in anesthesia, and we often compare our exposure to cases, especially traumas and neurointerventional procedures (my division). I can honestly say that I can work anywhere and feel confident in any case at any time because of my anesthesiology training at Stony Brook. Stony Brook Anesthesiology has a large enthusiastic group of young faculty members who are eager to teach, help and try new things. Residents feed off of this and often become good friends, not just trainees, with the faculty. The department is also willing to change and incorporate new ideas into every day resident life (e.g. night float system, international medical missions, opportunities for mini-fellowships CA3 year, etc). What I have learned is that when you are happy, you do well. I think you would be happy at Stony Brook."
Sofia Geralemou, MD
Graduate, Stony Brook Residency Program 2011
Stony Brook Anesthesia: Excellent Training in a Great Environment
"The best way I would describe my experience in anesthesia at Stony Brook is an excellent place for clinical training, with knowledgeable and friendly faculty, and great educational resources. Add to that the location of being in Long Island, with many different active and entertaining venues on its own, not to mention that it's just a train ride away from NYC, being here is the complete package. The department at Stony Brook was recently ranked #6 nationwide in NIH funding to an anesthesia department, and this is the result of the commitment they put into education and research. In fact, I was able to begin my research career here through the 6 month research track they offered during the 3rd year of my anesthesia residency. This research flourished and after receiving grant funding for my work, I decided to continue my research as faculty here at Stony Brook Anesthesiology. I am excited at the direction our department is moving, as we continue to grow and expand, and I look forward to working with each new resident group that joins our department. I certainly found the perfect anesthesia residency match for me and my career, hope you are able to find the same for you. Good luck!"
Rany Makaryus, MD
Graduate, Stony Brook Residency Program 2010
"Hi, my name is Dr. Jason Daras. I graduated from the Stony Brook Anesthesiology Residency Program in 2010. Through my years at Stony Brook, I had many wonderful experiences in the areas of academics, didactics, clinical anesthesia as well as research. The level of teaching at the program was far superior than I ever expected. Attending physicians stayed late or came in early to go over cases for board prep. They would give mock orals for our oral boards preparation starting in the CA1 year. I was able to easily pass my writing and oral boards on the first attempts.
I came out of Stony Brook feeling extremely comfortable providing anesthesia for my patients and, quickly, my new practice had confidence in me. I really attribute this to the amount of attention each resident receives at Stony Brook as they do their clinical work. The feedback I received from the residency program allowed me to adjust my skills to make me the safest and most efficient anesthesiologist I could be. And further, the exposure to all anesthesia related procedures is unbeatable by any program in the U.S. in my opinion. I graduated from the program able to easily and quickly insert various central lines, arterial lines, and perform peripheral nerve blocks for regional anesthesia. I came out of Stony Brook highly proficient in regional anesthesia. As an attending for 7 years, I have seen many new graduates incapable at performing regional anesthesia at the level of any graduates of the Stony Brook Anesthesiology Program that have joined my practice after me.
As a result of my experience at Stony Brook, I not only passed my boards on the first attempt, I joined the largest physician run anesthesia group in New Jersey, Morris Anesthesia Group. I quickly took on a leadership role and in my first year was promoted to Director of Regional Anesthesia. I truly believe Stony Brook brings something special to the table and that is teaching its residents how to be leaders in the world of anesthesia. Now, 7 years out of residency, I am not only a managing partner of Morris Anesthesia, but I was just named Chief of Anesthesia at our hospital. I attribute this great achievement to the place it all started. The experience that residents get at Stony Brook is priceless and I cherish my decision in listing Stony Brook as my number one choice for anesthesia residency."
Jason Daras, DO
Graduate, Stony Brook Residency Program 2010
Director of Regional Anesthesia
Morris Anesthesia Group, Parsippany, NJ
Mark Kim, MD and Jonathan Tan, MD (Graduates, Stony Brook Residency Program 2013) discuss their residency experience at Stony Brook Anesthesiology.
Stony Brook University
From its beginnings in 1957, Stony Brook University has been characterized by innovation, energy, and progress, transforming the lives of people who earn degrees, work, and make groundbreaking discoveries here. A dramatic trajectory of growth has turned what was once a small teacher preparation college into an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world.
Stony Brook's reach extends from its 1,100-acre campus on Long Island's North Shore: encompassing the main academic areas, an 8,300-seat stadium & sports complex, a performing arts center, Stony Brook University Medical Center, the Health Sciences Center, and the Veterans Home to Stony Brook Manhattan, a new Research and Development Park, three business incubators and the new Stony Brook Southampton campus on Long Island's East End. Stony Brook also co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory
Stony Brook is still growing. To the students, the scholars, the health professionals, the entrepreneurs, and all the valued members who make up the vibrant Stony Brook community, this is a not only a great local and national university, but one that is making an impact on a global scale.
The Stony Brook area is one of the most attractive residential communities in the Northeast. Amid the hilly dunes near Long Island Sound the woods and fields along the water offer a variety of scenic delights. Fishing, boating, golf and horseback riding are among the many opportunities for recreation. Small wonder that the area has always been attractive to artists and scholars. The local museums and neighboring communities provide recreation and educational experience.Discover Long Island
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▶ Visiting Professors
The department sponsors a monthly Visiting Professor lecture series. Invited speakers present clinical and/or research topics at our Wednesday morning Grand Rounds. Whenever possible, the Visiting Professor makes a separate presentation to the Residents on Tuesday afternoon.
The Visiting Professorship in April or May is combined with our annual Academic Research Evening. During the poster session, Residents, Faculty and Students present display their research accomplishments. Several Residents and Students are selected to give oral presentations as well. The Visiting Professor presents the keynote speech. This is followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.
Current and Past Visiting Professors
The Department of Anesthesiology is so committed to the wellness of their residents that it has a dedicated Wellness Chief/Social Chair for the Residency Program! The Wellness Chief selects and coordinates social events for the program and keeps tabs on the overall morale and wellness of the residents. Previous program wellness events have included fishing trips, Spartan Race, BBQs, pool parties, baseball games, skeet shooting, dinners, ski trips, bowling parties, holiday parties, paintball, Halloween parties,… Institutional wellness events have included annual puppy socials, BBQs on the patio, ice cream socials, and wellness fairs. In addition to the departmental and institutional social events, the anesthesiology residents receive 1-2 all-day, nonclinical education days for their class each month. These all-day education days further promote wellness and peer support by regularly bringing each residency class together during scheduled breaks from the hustle and bustle of clinical training.
To learn more about the institution’s commitment to wellness, please visit. https://renaissance.stonybrookmedicine.edu/gme/wellness. Comments from one of the anesthesia residents is highlighted!