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Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Affiliate Hospitals:

  • Baystate Medical Center
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
  • Maine Medical Center
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • Tufts Medical Center

Clerkships & Electives:

Elective rotations serve as an introduction to the specialty of anesthesiology under the direct supervision of our anesthesia staff physicians. The students will participate in and/or observe a variety of anesthetic cases of varied complexities. They will learn about basic preoperative evaluation, standard induction and maintenance techniques, basic airway management and postoperative pain management. There will be exposure to most anesthetic subspecialties, including obstetric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia and pain management.

Students will attend weekly departmental grand rounds and will join residents in their weekly didactic sessions. The students are required to present one case and participate in one oral exam at the end of the rotation. The amount of hands-on experience will vary for each students based on previous experience, degree of skill and interest and availability of appropriate clinical opportunities.


Tufts Medical Center's Anesthesiology Residency Program is a fully accredited three-year program that provides clinical and academic exposure to all specialty areas. The surgical case mix is skewed towards a complex and high risk referral base, resulting in challenging clinical experiences for the residents throughout the three years of training.

In spite of the complex, academic nature of the clinical experience at our institution, Tufts Medical Center and the Anesthesiology Residency are not overwhelming in size. As a result, the residency program and department have maintained the intimacy and familiarity amongst the staff and residents that fosters an environment for growth and learning. Over the years, residents and staff have chosen the department because of this unique mix of challenging work in a comfortable, supportive environment.

Tufts Medical Center also differs from many academic centers in that it provides adult, pediatric and obstetric care all under one roof. This offers our residents a considerable advantage of continuous exposure to these areas throughout their three years of training.

St. Elizabeth’s Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine provides the anesthetic management for a variety of surgical operations including cardiothoracic, neurologic, orthopedic, general, urologic, gynecologic, bariatric and obstetric procedures. In addition, the department devotes special interest to the areas of obstetric anesthesia and acute and chronic pain. State-of-the-art care for the expectant mother is provided by specialists in the Women's Health Pavilion. Our Pain Management Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to successful and rapid resolution of painful complaints.

There are two training programs within the department:

Baystate Medical Center’s Anesthesiology Residency allows residents to spend two focused months on the Advanced Airway rotation using all three advanced techniques (flexible/rigid fiberoptics & Intubating LMA) to intubate patients. Because 2/3 of anesthesia programs in this country do not offer any formalized instruction in this area, residents typically go on to become leaders of difficult airway management practice and training. Baystate's clinical volume of more than 36,000 cases per year allows residents to see an extremely wide variety of cases from the complicated to those typically seen in a community setting.

Maine Medical Center's Anesthesiology Residency is made up of a highly interactive group of attendings and residents who work hard and are exceptional at what they do. Each year, five new residents are accepted into the program that supports a total of twenty from intern to CA-3 years. This small number makes a tremendous impact on the volume of cases each resident takes the lead on, allowing them to hone their skills and build confidence early in their training.


Baystate's Pain Medicine Fellowship offers a 12-month ACGME-accredited training program for board-eligible or -certified anesthesiologists.

Tufts Medical Center has two fellowship programs:

  • Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship
  • Adult Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship

Ruben J. Azocar, MD
Professor and Chair