Program Director’s Welcome

I am honored to have the responsibility of facilitating resident education in The Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Our department boasts a strong tradition of excellence in clinical care, education, and research. I am proud to have a part in the training of some of the brightest and most talented new members of the specialty of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Our residents come to us from a variety of different backgrounds: most directly from medical school, some are board certified in other specialties, some are physician-scientists, and still others have entered medicine after having a very successful nonmedical career. No matter the background, I have found a common thread linking each resident to the medical profession and that is the desire to do something meaningful in life, to provide compassionate and outstanding patient care to patients when they are most vulnerable. We endeavor to provide a friendly environment that fosters learning. I am proud to call each resident a valued colleague.

The mission of the residency program in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital is to train outstanding clinical anesthesiologists who are leaders in clinical and academic anesthesiology. This is done in an environment of balance and commitment to residency education and one in which residents value the complexity of clinical experience offered to them and understand their role as a care provider with appropriate supervision by the faculty. We provide protected didactic time that allows for the delivery of a comprehensive curriculum in small group formats and varied instructional strategies without the distractions of clinical obligations or the stress of an assignment to return to. We are proud of our novel “College Days” by which we teach courses in patient care, written and oral board exam preparation, business and leadership and implementation of quality and safety projects.

Please take a minute and learn more about our exciting residency program. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have!

Deborah Schwengel, M.D.
Anesthesiology Residency Program Director

Chief Residents’ Welcome

chief-cho Brian Cho, MD
Chief Resident
chief-freiberg Stephen Freiberg, MD
Chief Resident
chief-kim Gina Kim, MD
Chief Resident

We wish to welcome you to the Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Residency Program. Our program will prepare you for the rigors of a career in anesthesiology by utilizing the wealth of diverse academic, research, and clinical resources found at Johns Hopkins. Our graduates can be found among the leadership of many departments throughout the country, representing all facets of anesthesia practice including academics, research, and private practice. Their success is a testament to the excellent training and diverse opportunities afforded to our residents.

As Chief Residents we have an opportunity, as well as an obligation, to ensure that the future of the Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Residency Program remains as bright as its past. We accomplish this year to year by recruiting the future leaders of our specialty to train at our historic and innovative institution. The department is seeking well rounded candidates who have the ability and determination to advance our specialty through avenues of clinical excellence, academics, research and the pursuit of leadership positions within healthcare.

Upon arrival to Hopkins as a first year anesthesia resident you will find yourself in an immersive and well-structured residency program. For the first month you will be paired with another CA1 and an attending for two weeks at a time. There is a rigorous schedule of didactics and multiple sessions of simulation. There will also be lunch provided for the whole department in order that you become integrated into the Hopkins family.

After orientation, resident education is advanced by an innovative Hopkins program called College Day. Every other Thursday you will be divided into four “colleges” made up of residents from each year and lead by a faculty member to partake in didactics, simulation, journal club, business development, leadership, and systems based practice. This is protected time set aside by the department to ensure that each resident has a consistent and high quality education throughout the year. Beyond structured education, we have a clinically diverse, innovative, and intellectually stimulating work environment. Our department is represented in every corner of our vast institution and our attendings have nationally recognized expertise in innumerable topics: including ICU care, pain management, regional anesthesia, OB, pediatrics, adult, neuro and cardiac to name just a few. It is from interaction with these mentors that you will master your craft.

Although our program is large and rigorous, we foster an inviting atmosphere here at Hopkins. We are a social group with monthly end of block happy hours, as well as bowling nights, charity events, a holiday party, a graduation party and a summer crab feast. We get together often to enjoy the wonderful city we call home. Baltimore, nicknamed ‘Charm City’ for its friendly people and atmosphere, is a vibrant East Coast city. There are vibrant livable neighborhoods within the city as well as conveniently located suburbs and rural areas. With the low cost of living, many of our residents are homeowners and all can comfortably live with an expendable income. Those who spend even a short time in Canton, Little Italy, Fell’s Point or the Inner Harbor will feel the charm and energy of Baltimore.

In conclusion, Hopkins fosters a collegial and supportive learning environment. Our graduates are eminently prepared for the changing demands of our growing and important specialty. Thank you for your consideration during this application season and we sincerely wish you the best of luck.