Residency | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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 250,000 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 theaters. 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 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 University HSC. UMC is a 495 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.

Case Experience

All residents exceed RRC minimum standards, and in most categories exceed 1.5-4 times the RCC procedure requirements.

The mean RRC required case data for previous year graduates is shown below:

                                                        RRC                        Program
                                                       Minimum                Average

Pediatric ‹ 3 months old                    5                          14.3

Pediatrics ‹ 3 years old                     20                         57.7

Pediatrics ‹12 years old                  100                       147.7          

Spinal                                                   40                         53.0                

Epidural                                               40                       189.3               

Peripheral                                           40                        155.0                 

Cardiac                                                20                         61.7            

Total Intrathoracic Non-Cardiac      20                         28.3             

Vascular Major Vessels                   20                           75.0             

Vaginal Delivery                                 40                         170.3                 

Cesarean Section                              20                           53.0                  

Pain Evaluation - New Patient         20                            29.0                              

Intracerebral                                       20                           35.7       

Intracerebral Open                            11                            32.3          

Life-Threatening Pathology             20                            89.3   


Clinical Base

12 months (13 Blocks) 3 Family Medicine Floor , 2 Surgery Trauma, 1 OB, 1 Neuro ICU, 1 MICU, 1 ER, 1 STAR (outpatient)/Ultrasound, 1 QI, 1 Elective & 1 Anesthesia


  • CA 1 - 4 OR, Pre-Op, PEDS, 2 AICU, OB, ENT/Airway; Neuro, Echo
  • CA 2 - 4 OR, PEDS II, CT I, Pain I, Regional, AICU II, OB II, PEDS III(away), Neuro
  • CA 3 - 2 OR, AICU, ACUTE, OR Mgmnt, TTP/NORA, Ambulatory, Pain II, CT II, Neuro III, Echo II, Research