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! As the current chief residents, we would like to share a bit about our program and convey our excitement for the opportunities that Maine Medical Center has to offer. Having grown up and completed most of our education in Maine, we have developed a great deal of pride for the healthcare system and the community it serves. We are excited by your interest in our program and feel confident that Maine Medical Center and Portland have something to offer for everybody.
We felt it may be helpful to share with you some of the qualities we found appealing during our residency search. Maine Medical Center has a reputation for producing highly competent clinicians with an excellent track record of fellowship and practice opportunities. Our large volume and complexity of cases, balanced with a limited number of residents, produces high-yield educational opportunities that can be tailored to individual interests while assuring a high level of competency and confidence. The department values our one full day each week of protected academic time for lectures, oral and written board preparation, high-fidelity simulation, journal clubs, research, and quality improvement projects. Portland attracts adventurous, down-to-earth, and well-rounded providers who create a positive and welcoming learning environment.
Portland is widely known to provide an exceptional quality of life and this has led both of us to pursue employment opportunities that will allow us to live and work in Southern Maine. The city has a large summer tourism industry, functions as a working harbor, and provides easy access to beautiful Casco Bay, as well as the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 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.
- Derek & Yussr