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Department of Anesthesiology

Residency Program Overview

The Community

Description of Program

Clinical Education Program

Didactic Educational Program


Summary of Benefits

Entry Into the Program

Program Director

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.

Description of Program

The Department of Anesthesiology offers a four year program beginning with internship. Physicians may enter the residency training program in the department of Anesthesiology at either an internship (PGY-1) position or as an anesthesiology resident (PGY-2) position. Our internship position may be entered after having successfully completed an accredited medical school. We offer a one year internship (PGY-1) which includes rotations in general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and emergency medicine. Physicians may enter the program at a clinical anesthesiology level (PGY-2) after having successfully completed any ACGME recognized internship.

The fully accredited residency program in Anesthesiology provides training in all areas of pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, general surgery, otolaryngology, and cardiovascular surgery. Emphasis is on training the complete anesthesiologist to be prepared to enter clinical and academic practice. Historically, residents have performed well in the examination process to become board certified and have secured excellent positions after completion of residency training at TTUHSC.

A fully equipped laboratory is available for research. Specialty rotations are available in the research laboratory, pain clinic, pediatrics, obstetrics, and intensive care.

The department is small, friendly, and dynamic. It is able to give special attention to valued residents. The department has a history of providing capable anesthesiologists to the work force and is rapidly developing momentum as a nationally and internationally acclaimed research center.

Please visit the American Board of Anesthesiology website in order to review the ABA Booklet of Information. The Booklet of Information provides information on the policies, procedures, regulations, and requirements regarding the certification and eligibility process to take the board examination.

Clinical Education Program

The four year residency is devoted to training physicians to become outstanding anesthesiologists. In the first year, residents develop basic anesthesia skills by assisting on routine cases under close faculty supervision in the general operating room. During the first and second years subspecialty training may be obtained in OB anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, cardiovascular anesthesia, neurosurgical anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and pain management. These rotations will total between seven and twelve months. A maximum of six months may be spent at off-campus sites doing these rotations.

After completion of the first and second training years a resident may select an advanced track to follow during the third year. These tracks are Advanced Clinical Track, Subspecialty Clinical Track, and Clinical Scientist Track. A resident will be advanced to one of these Clinical Tracks following successful completion of the first and second years. In collaboration with the program directory, the resident will make a selection of which track he or she will follow and the rotations for the third clinical year.

Didactic Educational Program

Didactic education takes the form of faculty and resident lectures, morbidity and mortality conferences and journal reviews.

Each resident's progress in clinical competence is closely evaluated. In-training exams, SEE exams, and mock oral exams are done regularly. Each resident is evaluated quarterly by each staff member. The Clinical Competence Committee formally evaluates the residents biannually based on daily performance and quarterly reports.


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 is 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 13 operating rooms, 7 labor and delivery rooms and 2 c-section rooms. The anesthesiology resident also has the opportunity for intensive care training in the 10 bed medical intensive care unit or the 14 bed pediatric intensive care unit.

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 cardiac anesthesia.

Summary of Benefits

The stipends for residents at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are consistent with other medical centers in the Southwest area and may undergo adjustments each year. Stipends are currently $500 per year and may be used for books or meeting travel. In additional, some financial support is provided for away rotations.

Medical and Dental Insurance

Medical Insurance is provided for graduate trainees and their dependents. Insurance is provided through the University and includes major medical and special hospital allowances, which provide additional coverage for maternity and out-patient care.

Dental insurance is available for graduate trainees and their eligible dependents.

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Other Benefits

Lab Coats, laundry service, malpractice insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance are provided for graduate trainees.

Continuing Medical Education

Five days per year are made available for residents to attend national meetings. As listed above, each resident is provided with a $500 per year stipend which may be used either for travel or books. However, the department sponsors all expenses for additional meetings if residents are presenting papers. Residents are required to attend the Annual Pain Symposium held in Lubbock and sponsored by the Department of Anesthesiology.


Residents receive 20 working days of vacation per year. This is in addition to the one week which is allowed for attendance at a professional meeting.

Entry into the Program

Application forms and additional information regarding application to the residency program may be obtained from:

Anesthesiology Program
Attn: Residency Coordinator
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Department of Anesthesiology
Lubbock, Texas 79430
Telephone (806) 743-2981 x 225
Fax (806) 743-2984
Erika Casarez

TTUHSC participates in the ERAS system for selection of new residents. The selection process at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center begins only when the application is complete. Applicants are responsible for ascertaining that the application has been completed and all the necessary materials received by the department.

After your application and documents have been received they will be screened by the department review committee and if indicated you will be notified about arrangements for an interview.

Program Director

John Wasnick, MD, Chairman and Professor of Anesthesiology, Residency Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.