Welcome and thank you for your interest in Tufts Anesthesiology! We are thrilled that you have decided to pursue a career in Anesthesiology. Similar to all other ACGME accredited Anesthesiology Residency programs, our ultimate goal is to provide you with all of the requisite knowledge and skills to be an outstanding consultant Anesthesiologist. Our program offers a challenging and comprehensive educational experience with broad clinical exposure across all subspecialties, an extensive and learner-centric didactic program, a robust resident research and QI program, and an excellent track record of graduate success.
Tufts Anesthesiology is ACGME accredited and offers ten categorical positions with an intentionally designed Clinical Base Year that includes exposure to and experiences in general surgery, internal medicine, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, critical care medicine, acute pain medicine, chronic pain medicine, addiction psychiatry, and foundations in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. The surgical case mix is skewed towards complex and high-risk, resulting in challenging clinical experiences for residents throughout their training.
The Environment: What makes us different?
Despite our increasingly complex and growing patient population, we remain a medium-sized program. As a result, the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine maintains an intimacy and familiarity amongst faculty and residents that fosters an ideal learning and working environment for both personal and professional development. Over the years, residents and faculty have chosen to be a part of Tufts Anesthesiology because of this unique mix of high-caliber clinical training in a psychologically-safe and supportive environment.
Tufts Medical Center also differs from other local academic centers in that it provides adult, outpatient pediatric, and obstetric care all under one roof. This offers our residents the considerable advantage of continuous and intermittent exposure to these areas throughout their training.
We are proud of the diversity we have in our department. Our department is comprised of different races, ethnicities, languages spoken, nationalities, sex, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, and ages.
We aim to provide consistent, daily, formative feedback to residents through the use of an app-based platform that allows trainees to request an assessment of their performance on a variety of entrustable professional activities, including technical skills, clinical reasoning and management, and non-technical skills. In addition, the Clinical Competency Committee reviews the progress of each resident at least bi-annually using ACGME milestones. Residents also anonymously evaluate the faculty and the program on a regular basis. Each resident is paired with a faculty mentor to help guide them through their training.
Resident Scholarly Activity
While the extent and the intensity of scholarly activity productivity is trainee dependent, each resident is required to complete at least one academic project over the course of their training. Editorial assistance and academic mentoring is provided by faculty mentors to ensure success. The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and other Tufts University resources are readily available for support. Tufts Anesthesiology Residents have consistently presented at regional, national, and international meetings each year.
On average, approximately 80% of our residents choose to complete fellowship training. Tufts Anesthesiology Residents consistently match at top-tier, competitive fellowship programs across the country each year, including in Pain Medicine, Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesia (including Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia), Obstetric Anesthesia, and Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine. Consistent with national trends, a growing percentage of our most recent graduates are choosing to go directly into practice, both academic and private.
Our first-attempt board certification rates are consistently well-above the national average.
A busy, yet reasonable, work schedule, collegial working and learning environment, and world-class educational infrastructure are the hallmarks of resident life at Tufts. Our attention to clinical mentorship, work-life balance, feedback, and a resident-driven wellness program helps to create an environment where trainees can thrive. Graduating residents remember their time at Tufts with a sense of pride, satisfaction, and fondness. A significant percentage of our faculty, including department and program leadership, are alumni of Tufts Anesthesiology training programs.
We are committed to nurturing a dynamic environment that promotes the learning, teaching, and practice of the clinical, intellectual, and ethical aspects of Anesthesiology. Tufts Anesthesiology provides innovative educational opportunities for our residents and aims to produce tomorrow’s leaders in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Medicine.
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The Golden Laryngoscope is a monthly recognition program to highlight the above-and-beyond contributions of a resident and provide an opportunity to laud exemplary professionalism or performance. The highlighted resident will receive a golden laryngoscope pin and recognition for their efforts.
Thank you again for learning more about our program. We are honored by your interest and hope to meet you in your journey towards a career in Anesthesiology. We look forward to learning more about you.
Maurice “Frankie” Joyce, MD, EdM, FASA