The Department of Anesthesiology is a highly integrated, collaborative group of adult and pediatric anesthesiologists. The team includes more than 140 staff physicians, 54 resident physicians, more than 200 nurse anesthetists and 150 respiratory therapists. All are committed to providing the best care possible to patients requiring anesthesia, intensive care and pain management.
A considerable number of faculty members conduct basic science and clinical research, teach postgraduate and continuing education programs all over the world, and are leaders in anesthesia-related societies and communities.
Mayo Clinic has a well-established electronic medical record (EMR) and is able to leverage data from the EMR for clinical research projects and quality improvement initiatives. The department is at the forefront in utilizing clinical informatics to improve patient safety.
Using state-of-the-art equipment and a comprehensive EMR, Mayo Clinic anesthesiologists supervise more than 100,000 cases requiring anesthesia yearly. The large volume and complexity of cases, integrated with ongoing research and education, results in wide-ranging expertise in the anesthetic management of patients of all ages.
The field of anesthesiology changes continually with the introduction of new drugs, equipment, and surgical and radiological interventions. Department members are organized into subspecialty groups, each focusing on a segment of anesthesiology. Faculty members in each subspecialty area function as a resource for all members of the department, enabling the department to stay at the forefront of the specialty.
The nature of multispecialty anesthesia services requires that anesthesiology team members be located at various locations throughout the Mayo Clinic campus.
- Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. This is one of two hospital campuses located at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. It is a tertiary care, Level 1 Trauma Center providing cardiothoracic, vascular, orthopedic, trauma, plastic surgery, ophthalmological, ear-nose-throat (ENT), neurosurgery and pediatric surgery services. The surgical suite consists of 68 operating rooms performing more than 40,000 anesthetics yearly.
- Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus. Also part of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, this is a modern, advanced facility providing services in orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, plastic surgery, and general and transplant surgery. Unique to this hospital is the very busy elective orthopedic practice. Most patients in this practice receive regional anesthesia for intraoperative analgesia, postoperative analgesia or both. The surgical suite consists of 41 operating rooms performing more than 20,000 anesthetics yearly.
In addition to these two major locations, the anesthesia department provides services at several outfield locations, including the Gonda outpatient surgery center, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and the neuroradiology, gastrointestinal endoscopy and interventional radiology suites. Anesthesiology residents and faculty are part of the emergency response and code teams that respond to crises throughout the Mayo Clinic campus.
In addition to caring for patients in the clinical practice, Mayo Clinic faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge and are recognized leaders in their fields. Residents have direct access to these individuals throughout the Anesthesiology Residency and future practice.
Advisers and mentors
The program assigns faculty advisers to each resident. The advisers provide comprehensive educational advice, mentoring and personal support. Advisers also serve as a contact person, introducing you and your family to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic system.
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during morning Grand Rounds and noon lectures. Additionally, many Mayo Clinic faculty members function as visiting professors throughout the world, delivering world-class lectures. Residents in the program have the opportunity to hear from these faculty members on a regular basis.