Residency Program Overview

The Community

The Department of Anesthesiology of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is located in Lubbock, Texas. In the heart of West Texas; rich agricultural region, Lubbock is a growing educational, commercial, medical, and cultural center. The metropolitan population, in excess of 200,000 residents, lives in mild seasonal conditions with an average of 267 days of sunshine per year. With eight hospitals and no less than 85 health care clinics, Lubbock is known as the medical center for West Texas and Eastern New Mexico

Lubbock's entertainment possibilities range from major theatrical touring companies, to weekend rodeos, to exhibits at the museum of Texas Tech University. The city maintains a symphony orchestra, ballet company, civic chorale and numerous community theatres. Regional outdoor activities are limitless with only short drives from the city. Depending on the direction of the excursion, residents can enjoy desert terrain sports, inland lake activity, or seasonal mountain adventures. New Mexico ski resorts can be reached in less than a five hour drive.


The majority of training takes place at the University Medical Center (UMC) and Covenant Hospital. UMC is adjacent to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas and while Covenant Hospital and the Lubbock Heart Hospital are located within a two mile radius of the medical district.

University Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for the School of Medicine at Texas Tech. UMC is a 301 bed facility operated by the Lubbock County Hospital District. University Medical Center houses the West Texas perinatal center and the regional burn center. UMC is the first hospital in Texas to receive a Trauma One designation. Subspecialty care capabilities of the faculty and staff make the hospital a focal point of tertiary care for West Texas and the surrounding states. University Medical Center is a JCAHO accredited hospital which has 19 operating rooms, 18 labor and delivery rooms and 3 Obstetrical OR suites. UMC also offers a 8 bed Day Surgery Center for outpatient procedures. In the newly built West Tower in addition to the Labor and Delivery facilities there is also a state of the art Endoscopy Suite. The anesthesiology resident also has the opportunity for intensive care training in the 20 bed Surgical, 30 bed Medical, 20 bed Cardiac and the 14 bed pediatric Intensive Care Units.

Covenant Hospital located in Lubbock, TX has an agreement to allow CA-2 and CA-3 residents to rotate there for one month. This rotation is intended to allow for a greater exposure of neuroanesthesia and pediatric anesthesia.