Anesthesiology Residency

Program Overview

The Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a four-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits 17 PGY-1 residents per year.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine residency is structured to prepare physicians for careers as consultants in anesthesiology, in either academic medicine or private practice. Residents learn far more than safe techniques for anesthetic administration. They acquire the judgment and skills needed to care for complex patients and interact with physicians and other health care providers to ensure excellent care of patients in and outside the operating room environment, with expanded exposure and experience in perioperative medicine.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
“To this day, I recommend Hershey strongly and without reservation to medical students looking for an Anesthesiology residency. The clinical skills, basic science, and most of all teaching that I received from PSHMC are with me to this day, and I still see large swaths of my practice that are directly attributable to my attendings there.”

We are very enthusiastic about our innovative integrated four-year curriculum. It is innovative, as it is one of the few four-year programs in the country that integrates the clinical base rotations throughout the first three years of residency training. This approach is now becoming increasingly popular among other programs. We were one of the first to implement this continuum over 10 years ago. ACGME requirements are all followed for these rotations. We have selected rotations that will contribute to the experience and body of knowledge necessary to maximize the residents’ education in becoming superior consultants of anesthesiology. Rotations increase in complexity as the resident increases in experience in both the clinical base and the clinical anesthesiology rotations. This allows the resident both to contribute more to each patient’s care and to gain more depth of knowledge from their experience on every rotation.

Thank you for your interest in our unique anesthesia residency program. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you in the upcoming recruitment season.

Our Team

Department Chair’s Welcome

I would like to encourage you to peruse our website to find out more about the great residency program that you might join.

Berend Mets, MB, ChB, PhD, FRCA, FFA(SA); Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Berend Mets, MB, ChB, PhD, FRCA, FFA(SA); Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

I am proud of the residents in our program and the careful, well-informed, professional clinical care that they provide when administering anesthesia, managing acute or chronic pain patients as well as when attending in the ICU and preoperative assessment clinic.

The opportunities offered here are outstanding.

Do you want to become a superb general anesthetist with a view to a career in private practice?

You can start as a PGY-1 in our program integrating your internship with early anesthesia training throughout your PGY-1 and PGY-2 years. After becoming board-eligible and graduating the PGY-4 year, we offer a two-year Instructor Position as an attending, where you will gain further consultant experience in subspecialty anesthesia areas and have the opportunity to study and be prepared for your oral boards and final OSCE examination before venturing into private practice.

Do you want to become a physician educator and contribute to the knowledge and growth of our specialty by staying on in an academic department that values teaching and learning in its many forms?

You will be involved as a resident in simulation education and as a faculty member, we will plan a mentored academic career for you.

Do you want to become a physician scientist with a well-structured academic career founded on either clinical, translational or basic science research?

As a resident in our program, you will be mentored by one of our Professors to complete a Resident Academic Project of your choice. During the course of this project, you will learn how to develop an academic concept and bring this to the stage of presentation and potentially publication. Such projects can be interesting case reports, or a simulation scenario development, or could be basic, clinical or education research projects all developed with the intention of providing you with the skills to become an academic anesthesiologist should you so wish. Then you can apply for a fellowship year in one of the ACGME-approved subspecialties: adult cardiac anesthesia, adult chronic pain, pediatric anesthesia or adult intensive care. After this, you will be eligible to continue as an assistant professor in the department.

So whatever you may be looking for, we can challenge you and create the opportunity for your success as a clinician, clinician educator or clinical scientist. Come and see for yourself!

Berend Mets, MB, ChB, PhD, FRCA, FFA(SA)
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Clinical Base/Program Year 1

  • CB: Emergency Department
  • CB: Internal Medicine Consults
  • CB: Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
  • CB: Surgery Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
  • CB: Trauma Surgery
  • CB: Pain Medicine
  • One-on-One Anesthesia
  • Acute Pain Management Service
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia
  • Outpatient Anesthesia
  • General Anesthesia (x3)
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
“In the end, it’s a great place to train. Just thought I’d give you my perspective. For what it’s worth, I love my job and I truly feel blessed to be part of such an exceptional profession. I owe Penn State a big ‘thank you.’ Not all residencies are created equal.”

Clinical Anesthesia I / Program Year 2

  • CB: Cardiology
  • CB: Pulmonary
  • CB: Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • CB: Pediatric Pulmonary/Cardiac Critical Care Unit
  • CB: Elective
  • Pediatric Anesthesia I
  • OB Anesthesia I
  • Neurosurgical Anesthesia I
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia I
  • ENT Anesthesia
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit (NSICU)
  • Surgical Anesthesia Care Unit I (SAICU)

Clinical Anesthesia II / Program Year 3

  • Perioperative Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesia II
  • OB Anesthesia II
  • Neurosurgical Anesthesia II
  • CT Anesthesia II
  • Vascular/Transplant
  • Pain Medicine II
  • Preoperative Clinic
  • Advanced Clinical (x4)
  • SAICU II

Clinical Anesthesia III / Program Year 4

  • Advanced and Complex (x2)
  • Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center (HOSC)
  • Regional Sr.
  • SAICU III
  • Electives (x7)

Electives

  • Advanced and Complex
  • Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center (HOSC)
  • Pediatric Anesthesia III
  • OB Anesthesia III
  • Neurosurgical Anesthesia III
  • CT Anesthesia III
  • Vascular/Transplant
  • Pain Medicine III
  • Preoperative Clinic
  • Ultrasound / Advanced and Complex
  • ICU Subspecialty

International Experience

Dr. Katie Donahue

Dr. Katie Donahue

The goal of the International Experience is to support outstanding anesthesiology residents with interest in outreach and medical mission services.

Our cherished friend and mentor Dr. Katie Donahue graciously supported our passion for giving back to the world with the Dr. Katie Donahue Resident International Anesthesia Endowment, also supported with alumni and friends.

This endowment funds the resident with designated travel opportunities such as those outlined below. Our goals are to provide acute care for the patients as well as create long-term relationships, and assist in solutions for education, research and clinical care with local people. More opportunities are also available for discussion.

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Application Process

Submit an application to include the following items:

  • Statement of your career goals
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae

Cathy Paige, MD

Cathy Paige, MD

The International Experience Selection Committee, led by International Experience Director Cathy D. Paige, MD, will review all applications and interview selected residents.

Eligibility

The competitive international opportunities will be awarded to residents for travel in their PGY-4 year or the latter portion of their PGY-3 year based on the following:

  • Outreach interest
  • Clinical performance including competence and satisfactory progression as judged by the Clinical Competency Committee
  • Academic performance including passing ABA Basic Examination and in-service training exam scores greater than the 50th percentile
  • Completion of pediatric anesthesia rotation

Options

Operation Smile

When: Fall or Spring

Type: Medical mission

Where: Most recent sites have included Vietnam and China

Details: This is a 12-day clinical opportunity for a PGY-4 resident or pediatric anesthesia fellow to provide anesthesia for children with cleft lips and palates under supervision by Patrick McQuillan, MD, FAAP, and/or Jansie Prozesky, MBCHB; Carolyn Barbieri, MD; or Padmani Dhar, MD.

Anesthetic environment: Teams of in-country, regional and international credentialed volunteers work together with interpreters. Equipment includes local and imported supplies that meet their Global Standards of Care, state-of-the art sophisticated equipment. Practices, equipment and anesthesia are standardized, regardless of geographical location. Operating rooms are equipped with the most up-to-date supplies.

American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Global Health Outreach

When: September, January and/or March

Type: International Anesthesia Rotation

Where: Ethiopia

Details: These are three separate one-month rotations for a PGY-4 resident (or PGY-3 eligible for Call Chief) at the CURE Hospital in Addis Ababa under direct supervision of the American Anesthesia Program Director. This includes clinical care of pediatric orthopedic patients in the operating room, active involvement in the ongoing outcomes research project investigating postoperative mortality, and teaching of Ethiopian master’s students.

Anesthetic environment: This is a state-of-the-art 35-bed hospital established in 2008 using modern equipment and monitoring of the caliber with which we are familiar here at Penn State.

Casa de Luz/Island Impact

When: Spring

Type: Medical mission

Where: Dominican Republic

Details: This is a one-week clinical opportunity for a PGY-4 resident to provide anesthesia for children and adults for ophthalmologic cases under supervision by Shannon Grap, MD, or Melissa Coleman, MD.

Anesthetic environment: This is an austere environment in a public hospital with severe shortages. You will use old, unfamiliar anesthesia machines as well as our portable Glostavent. Agents include sevoflurane, halothane and nalbuphine. Cases are outpatient, healthy track, ASA 1-2. All general anesthetics require LMA and spontaneous breathing in light of a sparsely equipped ICU for backup.

Priestly Research Scholarship

The goal of the Priestley Research Scholarship is to provide additional support to outstanding Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Residents who desire to become clinical researchers and academic anesthesiologists. The scholarship will help these anesthesia scholars, during their anesthesia residency training, to obtain knowledge and experience that will prepare them for a career in academic medicine.

The Priestley Scholarship is an extensive research commitment which includes a formalized research project, completion of a clinical research certificate program, and formal presentations at local and national levels throughout the course of residency.

One resident per year may be awarded the Priestley Scholarship. The scholarship support will start at the end of successful completion of the initial twelve months of clinical training (PGY1). Each scholar will receive $10,000 per annum during the scholarship period, in addition to their normal salary.

(Note: Priestley Scholars, in conjunction with a faculty mentor, will also be eligible to apply for departmental funding support for their research projects.)

Participation in the Priestley Scholarship program will greatly enhance your qualifications to compete for an appointment in an academic anesthesiology department, including at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and begin a research career.

A completed application must be submitted to be considered for this scholarship. More specific information will be distributed during the first year of residency. Please see the Residency Education Program Office for details.

Kim L. Walker Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching

Outstanding faculty achievement in didactic and/or clinical teaching of residents in the Department of Anesthesiology during the past academic year, as well as for excellence in serving as a mentor, building residents in the development of their careers in Anesthesiology at the Penn State College of Medicine.

2015-2016: Cathy Paige, MD
2014-2015: Cathy Paige, MD
2013-2014: Cathy Paige, MD
2012-2013: Sanjib Adhikary, MD
2011-2012: Sanjib Adhikary, MD
2010-2011: W. Bosseau Murray, MB, ChB
2009-2010: Venugopal S. Reddy, MD
2008-2009: Venugopal S. Reddy, MD
2007-2008: W. Bosseau Murray, MB, ChB
2006-2007: J. Eric Greensmith, MD, PhD

Senior Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Associate Professors and Professors

2015-2016: Khaled Sedeek, MD
2014-2015: Verghese Cherian, MD
2013-2014: Verghese Cherian, MD
2012-2013: Khaled Sedeek, MD
2011-2012: W. Bosseau Murray, MB, ChB
2010-2011: Leonard Pott, MB, BCh
2009-2010: W. Bosseau Murray, MB, ChB
2008-2009: W. Bosseau Murray, MB, ChB
2007-2008: Venugopal S. Reddy, MD
2006-2007: Venugopal S. Reddy, MD

Junior Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching
Clinical Instructors and Assistant Professors

2014-2015: Carolyn A. Barbieri, MD
2013-2014: Carolyn A. Barbieri, MD
2012-2013: Carolyn A. Barbieri, MD
2011-2012: Carolyn A. Barbieri, MD
2010-2011: Sanjib Adhikary, MD
2009-2010: Carolyn A. Barbieri, MD
2008-2009: Michael S. Ingerski, MD
2007-2008: David A. Burns, MD
2006-2007: Arne Budde, MD, DEAA

Resident Teaching Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching

2015-2016: Chase Altom, MD, and Natalia Martinez Acero, MD
2014-2015: Jason Conway, MD, and S. Michael Roberts, DO
2013-2014: Theodore J. Cios, MD, MPH, and Michael Sharghi, MD
2012-2013: James Lamberg, DO
2011-2012: Theodore J. Cios, MD
2010-2011: Stephen Sardino, MD
2009-2010: Eric Chappell, DO
2008-2009: Richard Month, MD
2007-2008: Richard Month, MD
2006-2007: Matthew L. Stiles, MD

Outstanding Senior Resident Award for Excellence in the Operating Room presented by the Anesthesia Technicians

2015-2016: Chase Altom, MD
2014-2015: S. Michael Roberts, DO
2013-2014: Demetrius Karanzalis, DO
2012-2013: Sprague William Hazard, III, MD
2011-2012: Filip B. Trojanowski, MD
2010-2011: Shannon M. Kline, MD
2009-2010: Richard C. Month, MD
2008-2009: Pia V. Lippincott, MD
2007-2008: Richard Month, MD

Senior Resident Scholar Award

For consistent and excellent performance in all of the ACGME Core Competencies: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Systems-Based Practice, Practice Based Learning and Improvement

2015-2016: Matthew Bell, MD, Meagan Horst, MD, Ashlee Pruett, DO, Neha Soares, MBBS, MD
2014-2015: Monique Mostert, MD, Ashlee Pruett, DO, Saifeldin Mahmoud, MD, PhD, Sarah Nie, MD, S. Michael Roberts, DO
2013-2014: Saifeldin Mahmoud, MD, PhD, Sarah Nie, MD, S. Michael Roberts, DO, Justin Pachuski, MD, Michael Sharghi, MD
2012-2013: Justin Pachuski, MD; Michael Sharghi, MD; David B. Owen, DO; Matthew Suchy, DO; Julie T. Vuong, MD
2011-2012: Jeremiah J. Blankenship, DO; David B. Owen, DO; Julie T. Vuong, MD

Junior Resident Professional Practice Award

For consistently displaying excellence of professionalism in patient care, accountability, mentoring, collegiality, integrity, and teamwork during your initial year of training at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

2015-2016: Renee Coleman, MD, Christopher Collins, MD, Rory DeTar, MD, Tyler Gillmen, DO, Sanshalee McKay Mathews, MD
2014-2015: Sara Brown, MD, Roberts Schoaps, MD, Sadie Smith, MD, J. Alex Leckie, MD
2013-2014: Jacob Gillikin, MD
2012-2013: Kevin Funez, MD; Jennifer Sogge, MD
2011-2012: Bryan A. Currie, DO; James Lamberg, DO

Resident Research Publication Awards

2014-2015: Ashlee Pruett, D.O,, 1st Place, Brandon Bortz, MD 2nd Place
2013-2014: Saifeldin Mahmoud, MD, PhD, 1st Place, James Lamberg, DO, 2nd Place, S. Michael Roberts, DO, 3rd Place
2012-2013: Michael Sharghi, MD, 1st Place; Bunty Shah, MD, 2nd Place
2011-2012: Ravish Kapoor, MD, 1st Place; Sprague William Hazard, III, MD, 2nd Place; Andaleeb A. Ahmed, MD, 3rd Place

Case Conference Presentation Award

2014-2015: James Lamberg, DO, 1st Place, Adam Schwarz, MD, 2nd Place, S. Michael Roberts, DO, 3rd Place
2013-2014: Bryan Currie, DO, 1st Place, Meghan Whitley, DO, 2nd Place, James Lamberg, D.O, 3rd Place

Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Resident Scholars and Grants

2014: Monique Mostert, MD; Ashlee Pruett, DO
2013: Jason Conway, MD; Sarah Nie, MD
2012: Theodore J. Cios, MD, MPH; Andrew T. Waberski, MD
2010: Saravanan Ramamoorthy, MD
2007: Shawn C. Murphy, DO
2006: Jason Bundy, MD; Sanjay Dabas, MD
2005: Jennifer Gilbert, DO
2004: Brian D. Wickham, MD
2003: William A. Tisdall, MD
2002: Baihan Li, MD
2000: Fernando Gutierrez, MD
1994: Jeffrey Taekman, MD
1991: John C. Keifer, MD – New Investigator Award
1990: David Fehr, MD – Research Starter Grant; Marilyn G. Larach, MD – Research Starter Grant
1989: J. Eric Greensmith, MD, PhD
1998: Steven E. Zgleszewski, MD
1987: Thomas M. Skeehan, MD – Research Starter Grant
1985: William Andrew Kofke, MD, MBA, FCCM – New Investigator Award

Application Process

Penn State College of Medicine is a participant of ERAS and the NRMP Match. All application material must be submitted through ERAS. Applicants with suitable qualifications will be invited to interview and visit with the department.

We recruit 17 PGY1 (categorical) positions each year through the NRMP Match process. Due to NRMP Match policy, we can no longer offer out of the Match positions for PGY-1 or PGY-2 candidates. Please refer to our program information listed in FREIDA online for further information.

Our application deadline is Dec. 31. You are invited to check the status of your application by simply calling the Residency Coordinator at 800-206-7718 or email through MyERAS. All email correspondence regarding applications should be conducted through MyERAS to avoid any delays.

Applications will be reviewed in their entirety. However, we prefer to see:

  • US clinical experience is not required; however, anesthesia electives and/or anesthesia experience is preferred
  • USMLE Step 1/COMLEX 1 is required to be selected for an interview. Step 2 is not absolutely essential for a PGY1 position, but is recommended and may enhance your application. USMLE Scores no less than 200 (80%) (and COMLEX of 500 or higher for Osteopathic graduates). Osteopathic graduates are encouraged to take USMLE Step 1.
  • Three letters of recommendation, Dean’s letter, medical school transcripts, Curriculum Vitae, and personal statement
  • ECFMG certification must be supplied before you begin as a resident

There is no official limit for attempting Step 1 or Step 2; however, the number of times you have taken the exam may impact your application. An invitation to interview will be based on your entire application and not simply your exam scores. The USMLE is not required if you have taken COMLEX. Your application will be reviewed in its entirety. USMLE Step 1 is encouraged as it will add to your qualifications.

The institution currently accepts residents on J-1 visas only; however, the application process and applicable fees are your responsibility.

The Residency Recruitment Team prefers to see graduation from medical school within five years of submitting your ERAS application. However, this is dependent upon what clinical/research experience you have had since graduating from medical school.

Interview Process

Our typical interview season begins in late October or early November and continues through January. The interview process is designed to put the applicant at ease and provide you with detailed information about our program. We offer a single-day interview process (with dinner the evening prior with a small group of our residents and spouses).

Although we cannot reimburse you for travel costs incurred to interview at Hershey, we will pay for one night’s lodging to accommodate our two-half day interview process as well as providing appropriate meals during your visit. Arrangements to extend your hotel stay may be available at a discounted rate.

Evening Prior to Formal Interview

The entire interview process would not be complete without you having the chance to meet our residents and have a candid discussion asking them any questions you may have. Thus, we provide a resident host during your time with us. The resident host along with several residents and spouses will join the group for dinner in a relaxed stress-free environment. Your significant other is welcome to attend dinner if arrangements are made in advance.

Formal Interview Day

The day begins with a tour of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pain Medicine Center and Penn State College of Medicine, followed by a welcome, program overview and Q-and-A by the chairman, program director and/or associate program director. The more formal part of the interview process will then follow consisting of individual interviews with the program director, associate program director, program faculty, and a chief resident and end with a debriefing with our chairman. Applicants are provided with an opportunity to visit our nationally acclaimed Simulation Center, where you can experiment with the mannequin and other equipment that makes the Simulation Center unique. A luncheon is provided, maximizing your opportunity to meet available residents and faculty.

Application FAQs

Do you participate in ERAS?
Yes. All applications must be received through ERAS.

How many positions will you have open this year?
We enroll 17 PGY-1 (categorical) positions each year through the NRMP Match process. All applications must be submitted through ERAS. Please refer to our program information listed in FREIDA online for further information.

How many individuals do you interview each year?
We typically interview 180 to 200 individuals each year.

What is your application deadline?
Dec. 31. You are invited to check the status of your application by simply calling the Residency Coordinator at 800-206-7718 or by sending a message through MyERAS. All email correspondence is requested through MyERAS to avoid any delays.

What are the minimum requirements?
Your application will be reviewed in its entirety. However, we prefer to see:

  • US clinical experience is not required; however, anesthesia electives and/or anesthesia experience is preferred
  • USMLE Step 1/COMLEX 1 is required to be selected for an interview. Step 2 is not absolutely essential for a PGY-1 position, but is recommended and may enhance your application. USMLE scores no less than 200 (80%) (and COMLEX of 500 or higher for osteopathic graduates). Osteopathic graduates are encouraged to take USMLE Step 1.
  • Three letters of recommendation, dean’s letter, medical school transcripts, Curriculum Vitae and personal statement
  • ECFMG certification must be supplied before you begin as a resident

Is there a limit to the number of times an applicant can attempt Step 1 or Step 2?
There is no official limit for attempting Step 1 or Step 2; however, the number of times you have taken the exam may impact your application. An invitation to interview will be based on your entire application and not simply your exam scores.

If I have taken COMLEX, is the USMLE required?
The USMLE is not required if you have taken COMLEX. Your application will be reviewed in its entirety. USMLE Step 1 is encouraged as it will add to your qualifications.

What visas do you sponsor?
The institution currently accepts residents on J-1 visas only; however, the application process and applicable fees are your responsibility.

Is there a cut-off date of medical school graduation?
The Residency Recruitment Team prefers to see graduation from medical school within five years of submitting your ERAS application. However, this is dependent upon what clinical/research experience you have had since graduating from medical school.

When will you be conducting interviews?
We begin our interview process in late October and finish by mid-January. Formal interviews will be scheduled on Mondays and Fridays, with a group dinner arranged the evening prior. An informal dinner will be hosted by an assigned resident host accompanied by a few additional residents and available spouses. The interview day will start off with a tour of the institution, an information session with our department chair, our program director and our associate program director. Formal interview sessions will follow. The sessions are designed to familiarize the applicant with the department, the staff, our Simulation Center and the hospital environment. The interview day will also include an open discussion luncheon between the applicants and available residents and faculty.  For more detailed information, please refer to the “Interview” tab at left.

Do you reimburse travel expenses for the interview process?
Although we cannot reimburse you for travel costs incurred to interview in Hershey, PA, we will pay for one night’s lodging to accommodate our two-half-day interview process as well as providing appropriate meals during your visit. Arrangements to extend your hotel stay may be available at a discounted rate.

How many residents are in your program?
We are a mid-sized program consisting of 61 residents ranging from PGY-1 to PGY-4. We are gradually increasing to a total of 68 (17 per class). Our program is a diversified program consisting of highly qualified American and international graduates.

What fellowships do you offer?
We currently offer ACGME-accredited fellowships in Pain Management, Critical Care Medicine, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, and Pediatric Anesthesia. We plan to begin a Regional Anesthesia fellowship once applications can be accepted with the ACGME.

Do you offer Out-of-the-Match positions?
Due to NRMP Match policy, we can no longer offer Out-of-the-Match positions for PGY-1 or PGY-2 candidates.

Do you offer couples matches?
If you have been invited to interview and are couples matching with an applicant interviewing with another department at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, we will be happy to help coordinate with the other department as much as possible. Please contact our office about your partner’s interview, as we may not have the information.

If you are couples-matching with another applicant in Anesthesia and have been invited to interview, we will make every attempt to schedule both interviews for the same session. Each applicant will be ranked appropriately based on individual qualifications and not solely on a couples match.

A Commitment to Teaching

Over the years, the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine has attracted and cultivated an outstanding faculty team, most with subspecialty interests that serve as a focus for their teaching and research endeavors. Seven hold the PhD degree, which is evidence of their commitment to advancing the scientific basis of anesthesia.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
“Residency can be tough for anybody going through those four years… I feel that at Penn State Health, residents can really reap a great deal of clinical experience. You don’t have to look very far to learn from a case or an attending mentor. I can still see Bosseau Murray pushing my intellect at 3:45 a.m. during a never ending case. That guy is an animal! Or… McQ analyzing every little thing I did. I learned a ton from those guys. Good memories.”

In addition, the backgrounds of the faculty reflect a refreshing diversity. A fine balance exists between those trained within the department and those trained at other leading institutions around the world. The former provide stability to the educational program, while the latter bring perspective and innovation. The department has achieved a nationwide reputation for academic excellence. Achievements by individual faculty add to its prominence.

The present faculty includes:

  • 13 with subspecialty certification in critical care medicine
  • Seven with subspecialty certification in pain management
  • 14 with fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia
  • 10 in neuro-anesthesia
  • 12 in cardiac, thoracic and vascular anesthesia
  • Four research scientists

Three of the faculty have been elected for membership in the prestigious Association of University Anesthesiologists. Strong basic and clinical research activities lie at the center of the Department of Anesthesia’s program. The faculty holds positions on various national committees and boards of national societies and serves as directors of organizations.

Meet Our Faculty

Current Residents

Past Residents

To see where our residents practice after graduation, view our “Life After Graduation” map.

Stay in Touch

Testimonials from Penn State Health Anesthesiology Resident Alumni

“When I chose a residency program in medical school, I wanted one that would prepare me to take care of any patient, in any clinical situation. HMC taught me that and much more.”

“This is a great program. It’s a great honor to be a Penn State Health Alumni.”

“PSU really prepared us for Private Practice. From pediatrics to regional to cardiac/thoracic to OB, etc….The first days are always a little scary, but that goes away quickly as one realizes that the training shines through in what you do. Coming out of residency we both feel confident…”

“I know that with increasing sizes of residency classes residents may feel they are not getting enough cardiac cases, livers, vascular, complicated peds, etc. That is how I felt. I was always trying to get the difficult cases. I wanted to triple my ACGME requirements. Sometimes that is just not possible. My advice to residents feeling this way is to hang in there and to be proactive in their training. In the end, they will be very well prepared for just about anything that comes into the OR. Being proactive in residency makes a tremendous difference, in my humble opinion.”

“I am extremely impressed at the quality of my education, having now moved on to a directorship at a children’s hospital. With what I learned in Hershey, I can walk into any OR, and feel safe that I have the skills, expertise and a healthy sense of doubt (thus attention to safety detail) to manage patients and emergencies. Part of this is the mentoring I received at Hershey, part of this is the solid basis of knowledge that was a priority for our anesthesia medical education program. I have now had the opportunity to observe others, and realize that Hershey is an echelon above the rest when it comes to GME in anesthesiology… kudos!”

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Drive, H187
Hershey, PA 17033

General Contact Info

Phone: 717-531-5522 or 800-206-7718

Fax: 717-531-0826

Email: jswierczynski@pennstatehealth.psu.edu