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Anesthesiology Residency (Minnesota)

Mayo Clinic anesthesiologists in the operating room


Mayo Clinic's Anesthesiology Residency in Rochester, Minnesota, aims to craft the next leaders field of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine by providing an outstanding clinical anesthesia experience tailored to each individual trainee. Within a three-year program following a transitional internship year, Mayo Clinic Anesthesiology residents are immersed in a program comprising two hospitals with more than 109 operating rooms, servicing more than 40,000 anesthetics per year in some of the most advanced facilities and cutting-edge medical procedures in the world.

Residents participate in rotations across the majority of fellowship subspecialties in over 20 unique divisions and have full access to one of the largest collections of experts in every field of medicine and research

The program offers an outstanding clinical anesthesia experience tailored to meet and exceed individual educational and long-term professional goals. Regardless of the type of practice entered — academic versus private practice or personally performed versus medically directed anesthesia — graduates have the knowledge and skills required to succeed and to advance the field of anesthesiology and the health care system of the future. 

As the first integrated, multispecialty group practice in the world and consistently atop the Top Hospitals according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list, Mayo Clinic gives you the opportunity to train in a highly supportive and collaborative environment that fosters the highest standard of medical care.

What sets our program apart is the opportunity to learn how to "sit" anesthetics and also how to medically direct them. The department has a long history of practicing in the anesthesia care team model, and our residents benefit greatly from this stability.

Highlights of the program include:

  • A diverse clinical experience
  • A comprehensive didactic component
  • Thorough preparation for board certification
  • A board certification pass rate that far exceeds the national average
  • A generous travel policy
  • An ideal mix between clinical responsibilities, didactics, and time for reading
  • A supportive ancillary staff
  • Extensive research opportunities
  • Opportunities to establish relationships with leaders in the field
  • A focus on mentoring and development of all residents
  • Opportunities to participate in advocacy
  • Subspecialty training
  • Multisite elective rotations

Frequently asked questions (and answers)

What is the patient mix?

We take care of patients who can be classified as American Society of Anesthesiologists physical class I (otherwise healthy) to class VI. 

You may provide anesthesia for young, healthy patients requiring minor surgery (such as cast application or removal, and plastics) all the way to a "crashing" thoracoabdominal aneurysm. During the course of residency training, you are exposed to the entire gamut of patients, and with repetition. 

Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Although much of our trauma is blunt trauma, we do see both blunt and penetrating trauma cases. Our graduates are well-prepared to manage all types of trauma cases. In fact, blunt trauma is frequently much more difficult to manage than penetrating trauma.

How is the relationship between surgeons and anesthesiologists?

Mayo Clinic strongly believes in the team approach to patient care. Surgical and anesthesia teams work hand in hand at every location. Mutual respect among all health care providers is expected at Mayo.

We strive for excellent communication between surgical and anesthesia teams to ensure patient safety and good outcomes. Quarterly quality and safety conferences are conducted for the entire house of surgery, including anesthesia personnel, surgeons, allied health staff, and nurses. The team approach and emphasis on open communication is a significant component of these conferences.

How can I get good anesthesia training at a place that only sees “zebras”?

This is a common misconception among resident applicants from outside Mayo. Although Mayo Clinic has an international reputation and provides care to patients from a number of countries, Mayo Clinic is also the referral center for all of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, northern Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Mayo Clinic is also the primary caregiver for all of southeastern Minnesota. A majority of Mayo patients are from the U.S., and a significant fraction of those are from the Midwest. 

You get extensive experience caring for routine patients but also have the opportunity to care for patients with complex problems. Graduates from the program won't be surprised with anything they see in their future practices.

Melissa Kenevan, M.D.

Meet our trainees

There is a culture of prioritizing the resident educational experience. This is supported through very open lines of communication between residents, consultants, and staff on ways to continually improve and grow the program.

Melissa Kenevan, M.D.
Anesthesiology chief resident and graduate

Timothy Long, M.D.

Meet the faculty

The goal of the Mayo Clinic Anesthesiology Residency is to train physicians who are compassionate, clinically proficient, patient-centered, and evidence-based in their approach.

Timothy Long, M.D.
Anesthesiology Residency program director

Mayo Clinic resident checking heartbeat of teen patient

Choosing Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Anesthesiologists performing a procedure on a mannequin

Stipend and benefits