Anesthesiology Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital

The Anesthesiology Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and accepts 24 residents per year in an integrated four-year program.

During your PGY-1 year at The Mount Sinai Hospital you rotate in internal medicine, surgery, the cardiac/coronary critical care unit, the surgical intensive care unit, anesthesiology, acute pain management, otolaryngology, and emergency medicine.

During your residency training, you learn about two-dimensional color flow Doppler, multiplanar transesophogeal echocardiography, total circulatory arrest, jugular venous bulb saturations, jet and high frequency oscillation ventilation, fiberoptic and laryangeal mask airway facilitated tracheal intubations, infusion techniques and devices, and neuroaxial and peripheral nerve blocks of all varieties. Not only do we teach you to use the latest medical equipment and procedures, but we also take advantage of the most advanced pedagogical technologies available. We use human patient simulators, which have palpable pulses, breath and heart sounds, pupils that react to light, oxygen consumption, and carbon dioxide production.

Through the program, you learn to manage patients with a variety of conditions. Your role changes as you gain skills and experience. You gain a thorough understanding of the techniques and technologies required to provide the highest caliber of advanced clinical care and take on additional responsibilities as you progress.

Where We Train

All of the ACGME-required rotations occur at The Mount Sinai Hospital, which is the main campus for our program. The Mount Sinai Hospital is a 1,200-bed academic medical center where we perform more than 65,000 anesthetics annually as well as nearly 8,000 deliveries, of which one-third are high-risk. Our diverse patient population comes from some of the richest and some of the poorest communities in the city as well as from around the tri-state area, country, and the world. As a resident, you are involved with all aspects of peri-operative care, from pre-operative testing clinic through the operating room/interventional radiology suites/obstetrics floor, to the post-operative pain management service and intensive care units. In addition, you spend at least two months at Elmhurst Hospital Center and the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We provide shuttle buses to Elmhurst and the Bronx VA hospitals. We also reimburse the cost of taxi transportation to/from affiliates during off hours when the shuttle is not running.

Elmhurst Hospital Center is a 500-bed city hospital located in Queens, the most diverse corner of New York City. You spend one month on a trauma rotation (as Elmhurst is a Level I Trauma Center) and one month on the obstetric anesthesia service. You have elective opportunities to rotate as a CA-3 resident and take advantage of the variety of “bread-and-butter” adult and pediatric anesthetics.

The VA Medical Center, located in the Bronx, is New York City’s first VA hospital and serves as a referral center for the VA system in the lower Hudson Valley. You rotate through the operating rooms and the pain management practice.

You can also pursue elective months in regional anesthesia at Mount Sinai West, the original home of the New York School of Regional Anesthesia or ambulatory pediatric ear, nose, and throat anesthesia at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, in Manhattan’s East Village. You can take an elective rotation in office-based anesthesia, working at the faculty practice’s ambulatory surgery center and at certain private surgeons’ offices located on Park Avenue and other Upper East Side locations in Manhattan, where we provide anesthesia services.

Resident Life

New York City is more than just a great place to train; it’s a great place to live as well. Our extensive network of subway and bus lines puts the whole city within reach. Right around The Mount Sinai Hospital, you can enjoy Central Park and Museum Mile (literally) on our doorstep as well as the culturally rich neighborhoods of Carnegie Hill and East Harlem to the south and north of the hospital respectively. Then, of course, there is the rest of Manhattan and the other four boroughs of New York City.

Our department emphasizes collegiality and camaraderie. In addition to our numerous informal social events, we have two social chairs who plan regular program-wide events. These events have included annual holiday and graduation parties, happy hours, beach outings, and resident-vs.-faculty sporting events (and rematches).

Salary/Benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits for residents and your families, including medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance at no cost. You can elect vision, long-term disability, and other benefits. You are also allowed to make pre-tax deductions to a 403(b) retirement plan. In addition to the salary and benefits, you can also earn supplemental income for extra elective clinical work, which involves working late while you are not on call. In addition, you receive an Educational Supplement from the School. If you score above the 75th percentile on the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) In-Training Exam in CA-1 and CA-3 years, you are eligible for reimbursement for the ABA Basic, Advanced, and Applied certification exams.

We give all residents an iPad and electronic versions of popular anesthesiology texts. We offer time off to present at conferences as well as time and reimbursement for one medical conference during your residency, regardless of whether you are presenting.

Why Mount Sinai

At Mount Sinai, we offer more than just an exceptional clinical education. As a department, we invest in your future and quality of life in a way that we believe separates us from most other programs.

Resident wellness is a high priority for program leadership. We rigorously enforce work hours from your intern year through the clinical anesthesia years. While residency invariably imposes rigorous demands on time, we create flexibility through customized vacation scheduling, and working with you when “life happens,” whether that be significant personal/family events, fellowship/job interviews, or taking advantage of professional opportunities away from the operating room or the program.

We offer numerous opportunities to engage in mentored research in basic, clinical, education, and informatics research and we encourage you to participate in ongoing projects or to design and implement your own. If you want to make research a significant part of your professional life during and after residency, our Eliasberg Research Scholar program offers a stipend and protected time. We also offer a clinician-educator track, which is rare among anesthesiology residency programs.

Our department is committed to resident education from the top down. From our senior physician-administrators to junior faculty, our morning lectures bring you the full breadth of our attendings’ expertise. In and out of the operating room, our faculty members are not just teachers, but also mentors and colleagues. We value you not just as a trainee, but also as a person.

How to Apply

We use the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS). We offer interviews to selected candidates. Our interview day is an important avenue for you to get a feel for our program; you will spend a full day with us at the hospital for interviews, tours, and to meet with current residents. We accept the J-1 visa and offer the H-1B visa to certain eligible applicants.