Message from the Chief Resident

Ian Gray, MD
Chief Resident 2018-19

Thank you for visiting The University of Oklahoma Department of Anesthesiology webpage.  I hope you find the page informative and that it provides answers to any questions you may have about our program. However, if anything remains unclear, please feel free to contact me directly at my university email, .  Our goal as a program is to help residents become well-rounded and exceptional perioperative physicians.  

Our department provides anesthesia at five different locations:  OU Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, the Surgery Center at OU Medical Center, the VA Hospital, and Integris Baptist Medical Center. Our residency program begins with the highly-acclaimed intern year based at Integris Baptist Medical Center.  Interns participate in rotations which are relevant to the practice of anesthesiology including ICU, cardiology, nephrology, and pulmonology.  During the intern year, residents have the opportunity to participate in numerous procedures (intubations, arterial lines, and central lines) and are an integral part of the rapid assessment, inpatient stroke, and code-blue teams.  In addition, interns complete a month long rotation in the ICU, the preoperative assessment unit, and the ORs performing general anesthesia at OU Medical Center.

During the three years of clinical anesthesia training residents learn a variety of anesthetic techniques for a wide range of cases.  OU Medical Center is the only level one trauma center in Oklahoma, so exposure to interesting and challenging cases is common.  Rotations are designed to provide extensive exposure to all types of anesthesia and include multiple months in pediatric anesthesia, neuro-anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, OB anesthesia, acute and chronic pain, critical care, and peri-operative management.  Many residents fulfill the ACGME minimum number requirements during their CA-2 year.  We leave the program well-prepared to handle the anesthetic for any type of procedure in any type of practice.  

Didactic training consists of a single two hour block for lecture each week. Wednesday afternoons CA-1’s participate in Wednesday Education Block (WEB) and on Thursday afternoons CA-2’s and CA-3’s attend Thursday Education Block (ThEB). We also have Anesthesiology Grand Rounds weekly on Friday mornings with delayed OR start times. As you enter your clinical Anesthesia years, a stipend is provided by the department for an iPad or similar device along with a complement of physical and electronic text books. Each year an educational stipend is provided to further enhance your education. In addition to three weeks of vacation, the department generously sends residents to educational conferences or board review courses each year.  Residents also have the opportunity to attend the ASA or other meetings when presenting a clinically challenging case or research project, which again is generously funded by the department.   

While we understand the necessity of hard work and study, we also emphasize the importance of adequate personal/family time.  Our campus is located near downtown Oklahoma City and is easily within reach of most popular Oklahoma City neighborhoods. We provide adequate time to train as well as time to enjoy everything this growing city has to offer.

Again, I hope this website is helpful and would be happy to answer any individual questions you might have.  I would like to be the first to welcome all applicants to this wonderful field and program. I wish you the best of luck.

Ian Gray, MD
Chief Resident 2018-2019