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 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.
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 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
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.
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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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
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.
Application forms and additional information regarding application to the residency
program may be obtained from:
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
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.
John Wasnick, MD, Chairman and Professor of Anesthesiology, Residency Program Director,
Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.