Residency General Information

Cedars-Sinai is an academic medical center with a world-renowned faculty and extensive, highly competitive training programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas. Medical education has been a core mission of the Medical Center since its inception.  Our commitment is to provide graduate medical education programs that enable physicians in training to develop personal, clinical and professional competence under the guidance and supervision of the faculty and staff.

The standards of excellence which have made Cedars-Sinai known around the world for its expertise and excellence in patient care and advancement of medical research have also made Cedars-Sinai a center for the education and training of the physicians of tomorrow. As one of the largest medical centers in the United States, Cedars-Sinai offers residents and fellows exposure to a wide range of procedures and populations. In addition, Cedars-Sinai's facilities are among the most advanced in the world with state-of-the-art equipment and the application of new technologies.

There is a large staff of full-time physicians with academic faculty appointments and 1,700 community-based specialty and subspecialty physicians. As a major teaching hospital, the Medical Center provides clinical rotations for second, third and fourth year medical students on a regular basis in the Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology Surgery and Anesthesiology.  The Department of Anesthesiology residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been accredited since 2007 by the Accreditation Council Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center encompasses all anesthesiology specialties; obstetric anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesia, neurosurgical anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, multi-organ transplant anesthesia, trauma anesthesia, ambulatory anesthesia, pain management and anesthesia research.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is one of the busiest surgical hospitals in the Los Angeles area.  The volume, variety and scope of the program is such that all components of Anesthesiology and its subspecialties are taught.  Our program guarantees a large volume of teaching cases for residents consistent with the fact that postgraduate medical education is an important component of the Cedars-Sinai mission.

Eight categorical positions through the match at the first year clinical level are offered.

The residency consists of four years of clinical and didactic teaching.  Clinical Base Year (CBY, 12 months) includes rotations in the following disciplines: Medicine, Ambulatory Medicine, Surgery, Ambulatory Surgery, Anesthesia, and Medicine & Surgical Intensive Care. The 3 year clinical anesthesia training program follows the guidelines of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

The goal of the residency program will be accomplished by the completion of the program's multi-year curriculum. This four-year curriculum is designed as a continuum of education in Anesthesiology fulfilling all criteria to allow our residents to enter the ABA examination system. The continuum consists of a Clinical Base Year (CBY, 12 months) and 36 months of ABA approved training in anesthesia (CA-1, CA-2, and CA-3 years). Learning objectives for each anesthesiology specialty and sub-specialty curriculum are included for each 6 month interval.

Mock oral examinations, written board preparation, workshops, and simulator training are performed during the 36 months of the educational program.

A mentoring program is available to guide residents and to provide continual support from the faculty members.

Ample on-call facilities and food services are provided; Residents are on-call no more than every 4th night, with one additional weekend day off each week: Residents receive a calendar month of vacation each year. The House Staff assistance program offers assignments, evaluations, and referrals for free psychiatric services.

There are computerized systems (CS-Link, Web-VS and Careview) which allow residents to access patient medical information at all times, even from home.


The Department of Anesthesia library, also known as our Learning Resources Center (LRC) is located on the 4th floor. It is supplied with current medical texts books, journals, CD's, audio cassettes. There are computers with Internet access. Our LRC always contains recent anesthesia texts and literature to keep our residents and faculty abreast of the current literature.

Also located within hospital is a Medical Library. This is filled with a collection of books emphasizing clinical medicine and is searchable via the Library's electronic catalog. Also available are popular magazines, newspapers, and computers with internet access to health and medical resources.

Anesthesiology for Medical Students

The Anesthesiology clerkship for medical students is a 3-4 week education core rotation during the third/ fourth year of medical school.

The Third-Fourth Year Core Clinical Clerkships phase is designed to enable students to interact and work with patients under the supervision of experienced faculty at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The wide variety of patients encountered throughout this rotation provides students ample opportunity to maximize their history taking and physical examination skills.  The focus on the pathophysiologic basis of disease in patient care allows the students to formulate appropriate differential diagnoses and consider appropriate diagnostic studies as needed.  Also, this rotation provides students an exeptional opportunity to learn about airway management.

The clerkship consists of a series of clinical experiences both in in-patient and ambulatory case settings and develops skills in the clinical anesthesia evaluation of patients who present with surgical issues. This 3rd and 4th year medical student rotation is combined with a broad tutorial and didactic program.

Medical Students Director: Ronald H. Wender, M.D.

For more information regarding the Anesthesiology clerkship, please contact Cathy Lobue at (310) 423- 5846 or email

Anesthesiology Fellowship Programs:

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program (ACGME accredited, 5 positions)
  • Pain Management Anesthesiology Fellowship Program (ACGME accredited, 4 positions)
  • Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program (ACGME accredited, 4 positions)
  • Liver Anesthesiology Fellowship Program (ACGME non-accredited, 1 position)

For more information, please visit our Fellowship Program Website

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