University of Tennessee College of Medicine Knoxville

The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology is to practice, teach and study perioperative medicine. Toward this end, our department has sole responsibility for 1/3 of the ICU beds at UTMC and for the institution’s only Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic. Furthermore, our department provides sole medical direction for the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic. While this degree of departmental involvement in perioperative care is not unique, our residents train in these areas much more extensively than the minimum required by the ACGME Anesthesiology RRC. Specifically, over the 4-year continuum, our residents complete 6 weeks each of Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation and Post-Anesthesia Care (RRC minimum is 2 weeks each), as well as 5 months of Critical Care experience (RRC minimum is 4 months). Our residents also complete a 2-week rotation in Palliative medicine. Even with this significant commitment to teaching perioperative medicine, our residents meet or exceed the national averages for intraoperative experience as defined by subspecialty and anesthesia technique.

The innovative aspect of our education in perioperative medicine hinges on our belief that the future of anesthesiology leadership will be defined by both clinical and management abilities. Thus our curriculum incorporates teaching from the UTK Physician Executive MBA program faculty, including education in LEAN processes, financial reporting and management skills. Furthermore, we have begun a Perioperative Medicine Fellowship which involves clinical experience through the medical direction of anesthesia care at UTMC while obtaining the PEMBA from UTK. UT’s College of Business has consistently been ranked for its top-tier MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and other prestigious publications. The Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program at the University of Tennessee is a preeminent, nationally ranked degree program exclusively for physicians seeking leadership, management, and business skills.