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Director's Welcome

Timothy R. Long, M.D.

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Anesthesiology Residency. As a graduate of the program myself, I consider Mayo Clinic an outstanding place for medical graduates to practice and learn the art of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine.

One of the founders of the specialty certification program in anesthesiology was the first chair of our Department of Anesthesiology. Since that time, our department has grown into one of the most well-recognized and well-respected in the world, having produced (and continuing to produce) leaders in all aspects of anesthesia practice, education and research.

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. We aspire to prepare our graduates to become leaders in the field of anesthesiology and in their communities.

I am honored to serve as the residency program director within a department built on a strong foundation of educational excellence — one that began in 1918 when Drs. William J. Mayo and Charles H. Mayo introduced the concept of physician training by residency.

Anesthesiology continues to be a very competitive and popular specialty choice among medical students for graduate medical education. Our program receives approximately 650 to 700 applications each year. Of these, we interview approximately 130 applicants for 18 positions. The residents are the strength of any training program, and we are lucky to recruit some of the most talented — both professionally and personally — trainees into our program. Every year, I am amazed to hear about the many success stories of our current and former residents.

The faculty members in the Department of Anesthesiology are dedicated to maintaining a supportive learning environment and consider resident education as one of the most rewarding parts of their careers. In addition to holding many leadership positions within Mayo Clinic, our faculty members hold or have held leadership positions in many of the specialty societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).

Our faculty members have served as:

  • President of the ASA
  • President of the ABA
  • ABA directors
  • ABA oral examiners
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) review committee members
  • Chair of International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
  • Editor of Mayo Clinic Proceedings
  • Executive dean of education at Mayo Clinic
  • Dean of Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Designated institutional official of Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education

Additionally, our faculty members:

  • Lecture nationally and internationally
  • Are experts in leveraging clinical informatics to improve patient safety
  • Are leaders in the use of simulation to enhance the delivery of medical care
  • Direct an elective fourth-year clerkship in anesthesiology, a mandatory third-year clerkship, and a selective in anesthesiology for first- and second-year Mayo Medical School students
  • Conduct cutting-edge clinical and basic science research
  • Innovate and collaborate to enhance the care delivered to patients

The principles of teamwork, partnership and family were important to the Mayo brothers, and these principles continue to have a major impact on the practice of medicine and education throughout the institution. At Mayo Clinic, you will find outstanding individuals who work together as a team to offer the very best in patient care and anesthesiology education.

I am enthusiastic about the future of anesthesiology and its related subspecialties. I believe the Anesthesiology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is the best in the country, and I am confident that once you visit and speak with our residents, you will feel the same.

  • Timothy R. Long, M.D.
    • Anesthesiology Residency Program Director
    • Vice Chair for Education, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Oct 23, 2015
  • ART099952