About the Department

Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D.

Welcome to Anesthesiology at OU! If you like anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology, you will like what we have planned for you. You have entered anesthesiology during a very exciting time.

Anesthesiology programs across the country are delighted by the recent increase in quantity and quality of applicants. The prospects for your future employment look bright.

Anesthesiology is one of the most varied and rewarding specialties. You may encounter patients ranging from premature infants to centurions. You may also treat patients representing all surgical subspecialties. In addition, you may encounter patients representing a variety of medical subspecialties.

You may opt to practice as a "generalist" or as a "sub specialist". You may also opt for either part time or full time work. Lastly, you may choose either academic or private practice settings.

Here in our Department we are committed to excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. Two of our major missions are to produce a clinically competent anesthesiologist who will become board certified.

During your time with us, we have four anticipated goals for you. The first goal is that you will gain vast clinical experience. The second goal is that you will participate in a vigorous didactic program that prepares you for both your written and your oral Board examinations. The third goal is that you will be exposed to clinical research. The fourth goal is that you will become a "good citizen" of your chosen profession, representing our professional well in all that you do for patients, hospitals, groups or Departments, and Society.

We appreciate your interest in our program and we wish you well as you embark on this exciting phase of your career. Please visit our web site or contact me if you have any questions or if you need additional information.

Jane C.K. Fitch, MD
John L. Plewes Professor & Chair
Department of Anesthesiology

Past President, 2014
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Past President, 2012-2014
Society of Academic Anesthesiology Association
Association of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs