Message from the Chair of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Maine Medical Center, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about our residency program!
Maine Medical Center is a Level 1 trauma center and a tertiary referral base for over one million people. It is a nationally-recognized regional leader for open-heart surgery, vascular and thoracic surgery, pediatric surgery, high-risk obstetrics, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery. Our department is comprised of approximately 40 anesthesiologists, 20 anesthesia residents, 2 cardiothoracic anesthesia fellows and 80 CRNA's. Together, we take pride in the delivery of clinical care focused on excellence, compassion, collaboration and innovation. Additionally, we are committed to the educational development of outstanding, well rounded clinicians and health care leaders as well as the advancement of knowledge through scientific and clinical discovery. We recently expanded our residency to eight categorical residency positions per year.
Founded in 1953, our residency program maintains a long tradition of outstanding and rigorous clinical training which is unique due to the small size of our residency relative to our case volume. Maine Medical Center provides over 40,000 anesthetics per year at our Bramhall Campus and Scarborough Ambulatory Surgery Center. Our large surgical volume and small residency size allows us to assign residents based primarily on their educational needs rather than our clinical demands. Over the years we have been fortunate to recruit a variety of incredibly strong clinical teachers from all regions of the country, providing rich and diverse training for our residents. The majority of our faculty members are fellowship trained and more than half of our residents go on to obtain fellowships. The excellence of our residency program is reflected in our consistently strong match results.
Another unique feature of our department is our focus on work-life balance and our family-like atmosphere. While we are dedicated clinicians, educators and investigators, we are also dedicated parents, athletes, pilots, sailors, artists, musicians, etc. We believe a healthy balance between work and personal life is the key to long, productive and rewarding careers. It is also more fun working with interesting people!
Portland, Maine - located in the heart of New England and just two hours north of Boston, offers a unique and broad variety of activities and amenities. Easy access to skiing, fishing, hiking, sailing, rafting and biking as well as live music, restaurants and a thriving arts scene provides something for everyone!
We are very proud of our program and truly appreciate your interest. If you are seeking an anesthesiology residency program that offers a unique and rigorous clinical experience, educational and research excellence and a commitment to work-life balance, then I encourage you to contact us for further information.
David Warters, M.D., FASA
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Welcome to Maine Medical Center! We are excited that you are considering a career in Anesthesia and starting that career with us here at MMC. We each came to MMC through quite different paths, but both of us have an incredible passion for the hospital, people, and the care that we are able to provide.
We think it is important to share the qualities that make our residency special and drew us to the program. More specifically it is easiest to break it down in two main categories, in the hospital, and outside of the hospital.
Within the hospital, the department has an extensive reputation of training highly competent physicians that go onto be incredibly successful in practice or fellowship. This is made possible by exceptionally trained and devoted faculty, patients with complex pathology, and a genuine devotion to education with 1 day a week dedicated to lectures and research.
Outside of the hospital, Portland is a phenomenal place to live. It is located on the Casco Bay with copious opportunities for beach and water activities in the summer (and even winter if you are a surfer!). It is a short car drive from White Mountains of New Hampshire, some of the best skiing on the east coast, and beautiful lakes and rivers in Maine. Portland is also internationally recognized as a food hub!
Perhaps most importantly, the residency not only places an emphasis on producing excellent clinicians but maintaining a proper work-life balance. We cannot think of a better place to live and train, and we are excited for you to discover what makes this place special. Check out our residency life page to learn more about our program and the Portland area.
- Travis & Gui