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.
Claire Joseph and Jonathan Paul