Anesthesiology Residency

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We are the largest anesthesiology residency program in the country and located in one of the world’s premier destinations. Not only does this program offer a well-rounded clinical experience, Miami is a wonderful place to live while training to become a skilled anesthesiologist. It is no wonder why international patients, faculty, staff and students are drawn to Miami and the Jackson Health System.

Jackson Memorial Hospital is one of America’s largest public hospitals and is affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  We are also associated with several other hospitals to broaden the training experience.  The residents of this program perform hundreds of cases per year, covering a wide range of surgical subspecialties and settings. Graduates of this program are some of the best-trained anesthesiologists in the country and the majority of graduates continue training in their top-choice subspecialty fellowship programs. 

This program participates in the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program). All of our categorical and advanced training class positions are filled through the match. It does not offer out-of-match positions.

Graduating Residents

ACGME Accredited: Yes, Maximum Five-year accreditation cycle
Residents per year: 28 total (20 categorical, eight advanced)
Duration: One base year, three years of residency (categorical)
Postgraduate Training Required: No
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • University of Miami Hospital
  • Ryder Trauma Center
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Miami Veterans Affairs Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Jackson South Hospital

Fellowship Placement for 2014

  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
    Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Medical University of South Carolina
  • Neuro-anesthesia
    University of Miami Hospital
  • Interventional and Chronic Pain Management
    Emory University
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    SUNY Upstate
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    University of California-Irvine
    Rush University Medical Center
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    University of Florida
  • Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management
    Duke University
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Wolfson Children's Hospital
  • Niklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital)

All applicants must successfully complete USMLE Step 1 prior to acceptance into the program. Applicants may be accepted into the training program prior to their completion of USMLE II CK and II CS and graduation from medical school. While they may be accepted prior to these accomplishments, no applicant will be allowed to begin the program unless they have successfully graduated from their medical school and have taken and passed USMLE Steps I, II CK, and II CS. Should these requirements not be completed by April 30 of the starting year, the offer of a residency position may be withdrawn.

During the Internship Year
Trainees must complete all requirements for the Internship prior to beginning a CA-1 position in the department. It is a requirement of the program that all matched applicants (Categorical and Advanced) must take the USMLE Step III during their internship year and provide documentation of passing prior to November 30th. Should the resident fail to provide documentation of successful completion of USMLE III prior to November 30 the offer of a CA-1 position may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Program Director. This non-renewal may be rescinded if the intern provides proof of passing USMLE III by March 30.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted via ERAS. Interviews are conducted from October through January. All residency positions are offered through the NRMP.

Base Year
This constitutes the first year of training in the four-year continuum of education. The American Board of Anesthesiology suggests that the first 12 months be devoted to clinical experience and training in a program other than clinical anesthesia. Acceptable training in this clinical base year includes internal medicine, general surgery or any of the surgical specialties, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, family practice or an approved combination of these specialties.

The department’s Anesthesia Internship includes rotations on medical and surgical wards and ICUs. We emphasize rotations in ICUs that are directed by anesthesiologists as ideal foundational experiences for future anesthesiologists. Interns also participate in relevant medical subspecialty rotations like pain medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, and ENT surgery. Transitioning to the operating rooms is facilitated by an anesthesia elective during the last month of internship. During this first month of anesthesia, an intensive didactic and simulation curriculum ensures a smooth transition to training in anesthesiology residency.

The next three years of the clinical anesthesiology curriculum (CA 1-3) consist of experience in basic anesthesia training, subspecialty anesthesia training, and advanced anesthesia training.

The curriculum is one of increasing complexity and challenges with the CA1 year devoted primarily to the fundamental aspects of anesthesiology. Subspecialty training during the CA-2 year provides experience in obstetric anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, neuro-anesthesiology, ambulatory care, post-anesthesia care, regional anesthesia, chronic and acute pain management, and critical care.

In the third year, exposure to subspecialty areas continues and consists of management of the most complex cases. CA-3 residents also hold team leadership roles spend a substantial amount of time directing and managing anesthesia services in obstetrics, trauma, and general ORs. Additionally, transition-to-practice rotations at the affiliated University of Miami Hospital ensure residents are prepared for business and practice management issues. A six-month mentored research elective is available during the CA-2 and CA-3 years.

One-year fellowships in chronic pain management, critical care, cardiac, pediatric, obstetric, regional, and solid-organ transplant anesthesia and patient safety are available.

Each resident administers over 500 anesthetics per year under the direct supervision of a full-time academic staff. Resident experience includes the anesthetic management of cardiac, thoracic, neurologic, pediatric, genitourinary, orthopedic, ENT, gynecologic, organ transplantation, robotic, and general surgery patients. In addition to Jackson Memorial Hospital, resident rotations are offered at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Jackson South Hospital, Niklaus Children's Hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Sylvester Cancer Center, and University of Miami Hospital.

The Ryder Trauma Center at JMH is the largest adult and pediatric level I trauma center in South Florida. Residents gain outstanding experience in the management of trauma, burn, and ICU patients, along with difficult airway management.

The department directs the UM/JMH Center for Patient Safety, a state-of-the-art research facility that houses high-fidelity patient simulators. Patient simulation has been fully integrated into the standing resident curriculum, and residents visit the Center for Patient Safety at regular intervals.

Residents are an integral part of providing education. This is accomplished in teaching more than 200 medical students and interns each year who rotate through the department. We are proud to have been awarded Clerkship of the Year for the last several years.

Board Exam Requirements
USMLE or COMLEX Parts 1 and 2 before start of internship.
USMLE or COMLEX Part 3 before start of Clinical Anesthesia.

Educational & Other Experience
Resident education is a clear priority at Jackson. Each resident class has protected lecture time one day per week, from 3:30-5 p.m. The lecture schedule is planned for the year and will cover level-appropriate discussions regarding all aspects of anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and pain management. Residents are relieved of all clinical duties in order to attend and participate. In addition, the faculty provides smaller group didactic sessions which occur on a daily-weekly basis depending on the rotation and specialty. Daily one-on-one intraoperative teaching is also stressed. Frequent use of the fully equipped simulation lab is one of the best education tools our program offers. It is located right in the hospital and residents are relieved of clinical duties to participate in common (and uncommon) hospital scenarios in order to better develop clinical skills.

Grand Rounds and Case Conferences occur on Thursday mornings. The department enjoys a very active visiting professor lecture program, with many prominent speakers featured throughout the year.

The Department of Anesthesiology is aggressively pursuing research in both the clinical and basic science arenas. The current major areas of research involve anesthesiology, pain, transplant, and clinical trials. The department has funding both from the NIH as well as private sources. Residents are offered the opportunity to conduct and run research projects during their CA-2 and CA-3 years, including the option for a dedicated six month block during the CA-3 year. The department is also a strong supporter of the Gulf Atlantic Resident Research Conference and encourages residents to attend and participate. We truly value our residents’ academic endeavors and offer full financial support for residents to attend regional and national conferences for presentations of their work.

Call frequency varies based on location and year level, from q4 to q7. Many rotations work on beeper call schedules. In general, shifts have been limited to no more than 16 hours of continuous duty.

Jackson Memorial Hospital
1611 NW 12th Ave. (C-301)
Miami, FL 33136
Tel: 305-585-6970
Fax: 305-545-6501

Shawn Banks, M.D.
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Monique Espinosa, M.D.
Associate Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Jaclyn Reyes
Residency Program Coordinator

Christian Diez, M.D., M.B.A.
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Chief Residents
David S. Greschler, M.D.
Katherine Schuster, M.D.
Rakhi Singh, M.D. 

Please direct correspondence to the residency program coordinator, Jaclyn Reyes at

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309