Anesthesiology Residency - Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

The Anesthesiology Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine offers an exceptional training experience through rigorous clinical preparation.  Our mission is to train residents to become proficient anesthesiologists. Our residency offers the ideal learning environment for developing future leaders in our field.

Our residents benefit from training within one of the most dynamic cities in the world, New York City. Residents receive the bulk of their training at our two main clinical sites, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. We are not only a member of Mount Sinai Health System Department of Anesthesiology but our training programs provide residents with the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations with other world-class hospitals in New York City.

Clinical Training

Second- and third-year residents receive sub-specialty training at other hospitals in Manhattan including The Mount Sinai Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This experience exposes you to world renowned experts in pediatrics, thoracic, cardiac, and liver transplant. 

We remain extremely proud of the in-house knowledge we offer to residents. Our department is home to national leaders in the fields of cardiac, obstetric, regional anesthesiology, and pain management. Past and current leaders of this department grace the spines of the leading texts in their respective subspecialties. Our faculty are leaders in the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and multiple anesthesiology subspecialty societies. Our leaders serve on the American Board Anesthesiologists as written exam question writers and oral examiners. This experience provides our residents with unrivaled mentorship and preparation for the examinations. The New York School of Regional Anesthesia was founded within our department and has produced many of our current faculty.

We continue to be a powerhouse of regional anesthetic training whose expertise is sought out by practitioners worldwide. We take seriously our role in developing the careers of our trainees beyond the clinical realm. With our mid-size program and small faculty group, our residents are well acquainted with our faculty and have immediate access to their expertise and guidance. 

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work within a Department that supports my role as program director with a strong commitment to resident education. I have worked closely with the Department leadership and senior resident representatives to create a safe yet demanding residency training environment. While you will leave here capable of tackling the most challenging anesthetic situations, I have placed an emphasis on resident well-being and professional development. It is not enough that our graduates leave here clinically competent. We work tirelessly over their three to four years with us to help them grow into outstanding colleagues and citizens of the community of anesthesiologists.

I have striven to make improvements in response to not just resident feedback, but also the changing demands of modern (and future) anesthesia practice. Over the last couple of years, we have added new rotations and roles for our junior and senior residents, expanded and restructured our didactic offerings, and moved to developing a curriculum that pushes our house staff toward increasing autonomy in both clinical practice and advanced skills such as working alongside clinical coordinators as they oversee administration of anesthesia care across multiple sites and manage multiple phases of perioperative care.

I believe that our best spokespeople are our trainees. I encourage you to better get to know our fine resident ambassadors through this site and within the anesthesia community. They have been my consistent allies in working to make this the best program for residency training in New York City.

Bryan Mahoney, MD 

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in our anesthesiology residency program. At Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (MSSL) and Mount Sinai West (MSW) hospitals, we are a team of energetic, hard-working young doctors. We have come from around the globe to complete robust clinical training while taking advantage of exceptional academic opportunities. Together, our individual personalities and unique backgrounds comprise a cohesive family in pursuit of these common goals.

We all bring novel experiences to our anesthesia training. For instance, Claire grew up in five different countries and was originally an architecture major until her junior year, when she redirected her enthusiasm for art and math to medicine and ultimately anesthesia. Jonathan grew up scaring people at his family’s haunted house and other tourist attractions on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Now he strives to allay the fears of patients before surgery.

From our interns to our senior residents, we have parents, accomplished writers, a figure skater, several dancers, singers and other musicians, a cartoonist, painters, a chef, photographers, and a variety of athletes. What unites us is our dedication to becoming skilled anesthesiologists. Thanks to our departmental leadership, our program is very well designed to help us get there

Perhaps the most critical aspects of anesthesiology residency are breadth and depth of the clinical exposure you gain. Between our two campuses, MSW (in Midtown by Columbus Circle) and MSSL (in Morningside Heights), we administer anesthesia for a comprehensive assortment of cases. MSW is a center for orthopedic excellence, the primary site for intracranial hemorrhage within the health system, and host to complex vascular and thoracic surgery. MSW also maintains an active pain management practice, one of NYC’s busiest obstetric floors, and is the site of a Medical Intensive Care Unit wherein junior residents rotate.

MSSL is home to trauma, cardiac surgery, advanced robotic procedures, ambulatory pediatric cases, surgical oncology, and extensive non-operating room anesthetic management. As senior residents, we staff St. Luke’s bustling surgical- and cardiothoracic-ICUs. We rotate at world-renowned institutions, including the Mount Sinai Hospital for cardiac and liver transplant, Memorial Sloan-Kettering for thoracic anesthesia, and the Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia for pediatrics. Beyond the educational value, these outside rotations prepare us to be adaptable upon graduation as we move on to practice in an array of settings.

Our patient care responsibilities are supplemented by a rich academic curriculum. Mount Sinai offers a focused didactic series for both junior and senior residents, aimed at effective preparation for the BASIC and ADVANCED American Board of Anesthesiology written board examinations. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Mount Sinai faculty members give basic lectures for our CA-1s and advanced lectures for CA-2s and CA-3s. Residents hone our presentation skills at our departmental Grand Rounds and M&M conferences each Wednesday. The residency program also has a longstanding tradition of conducting a journal club with visiting professors scheduled to give presentations to the department. On Thursday mornings we host Trouble Rounds, which provides an oral-boards-themed approach to discussing challenging cases. Every week concludes with ‘Funday Friday,’ typically consisting of a hands-on workshop led by our fellows and attendings. Finally, all residents participate in weekly, small-group simulation sessions at Mount Sinai West’s state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Medical Simulation.

Whether you will eventually pursue a career in academic or private practice, we get everyone involved in additional pursuits in anesthesiology to generate enthusiasm for advancing our field. All residents engage at some level in quality improvement or research activities. We have multiple former student and resident FAER scholars, several individuals have authored publications in peer-reviewed journals, contributed to book chapters, and presented original research or medically challenging cases at ASA, PGA, and numerous other conferences. Many of the residents are also leaders in health care policy and serve as representatives within the resident sections of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists and American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Beyond the clinical, academic, and scholarly opportunities, the primary major benefit of doing your anesthesiology residency here is that our program feels like a second home. In any medium-sized program, you get to know your faculty well. We are fortunate to have wonderful attendings. Our attendings take our education seriously and hold us to high standards, but they understand that this job can be stressful and they create a supportive atmosphere for us. We all spend time together in the ORs, labor floors, ICUs, and pain clinics. We also share common lounge spaces, we eat together, and we enjoy one another’s company. 

Aside from having a phenomenal second family at Mount Sinai St Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, we also have fulfilling personal lives. There is no better place to be than NYC when you’re out of the hospital. Our resident housing at Mount Sinai West is located within walking distance of Central Park, Broadway, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and multiple express subway lines at Columbus Circle that can take you throughout the city. Mount Sinai offers a jitney service for hospital staff that provides convenient transportation between all hospitals. If you love the outdoors, it is easy to escape the city for the day or weekend to ski, lounge at the beach, hike, or whatever your heart desires.

If you like the idea of exceptional training among peers with fascinating backgrounds who are all dedicated to becoming talented anesthesiologists, working with attendings who you will come to consider extended family –all while you enjoy one of the greatest cities in the world--then come join us! We can’t wait to meet you on the interview trail.

Sincerely,

Claire Joseph and Jonathan Paul

We recognize that your life as a resident is more than just the time you spend in the hospital. It is important to maintain a good balance between work, family, and personal time. New York City is an exciting and culturally appealing city in which to live and work. The city that never sleeps has plenty to offer for everyone, no matter where you call home. The sports, arts, and culture can't be beat, with art galleries, symphonies, opera, and ballet companies at your fingertips.  

There are a myriad of restaurants, bars, and clubs and, of course, endless takeout options for those nights you want to eat in. In the middle of it all is Central Park, an urban oasis where you can play softball, take a rowboat ride, rollerblade around the miles of pathways, or just lie on the grass and read the Sunday New York Times.

As a resident within the Mount Sinai West and St. Luke's hospitals, you are represented by the Committee for Interns and Residents (CIR), the largest house staff union in the United States. The numerous benefits that residents enjoy are negotiated between CIR and the Mount Sinai Health System every three years with the help of your elected CIR resident delegates. Your delegates serve as advocates for all the residents and assist in not only assuring that you are properly supported and heard, but also reach out to the surrounding community with learning opportunities in various health initiatives.

The compensation package offered by CIR is very generous and includes: individual and family health insurance, prescription plan, vision care and dental coverage, accidental death and disability insurance, access to free legal services and advice, and various discounts around the city. You are also entitled to annual education fund of $450 which you can use for books or electronics and a bi-annual meal stipend which gets converted into two lump sums. You have  the option of accepting subsidized residential housing. Visit the CIR Mount Sinai West and St. Luke's website for more information and view the Mount Sinai Graduate Medical Education housing website to learn more.

As per Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education guidelines, our residents receive four weeks of annual paid vacation. Departmental policy also compensates for at least one paid conference during your residency. The department is also in the process of offering you, when eligible, additional overtime compensation.

As a resident within the Mount Sinai Health System, you are entitled to a package of institution-wide perks and benefits, including student privileges at Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine, which includes access to a complete electronic library of medical textbooks and journals and mobile access to Up To Date. You also receive significant discounts at local gyms as well as discounts to local theater and sporting events.

Applications should be submitted online through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We make appointments to the program through the National Intern and Resident Matching Program (the “match”). All applicants must be registered with the match and complete application forms supplied through ERAS.

The following are the required supporting application materials to the ERAS Common Application form:

  • USMLE transcript (scores)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Photograph
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation (three minimum, at least one from an anesthesiologist)
  • Dean's Letter/MSPE