Anesthesiology Residency Program

E.J. Chidiac portrait

Thank you for your interest in the Anesthesiology Residency Program at the Detroit Medical Center, affiliated with Wayne State University. Our overall goal is to graduate board-certified anesthesiologists capable of practicing in any setting and serving as consultants in a variety of subspecialties. In our department, we provide an environment that promotes the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment, and attitudes essential to the practice of anesthesiology. We teach our residents to work effectively as members of a health care team.

About the Program

This is a four-year program, with an on-site PGY-1 Year, followed by a three-year residency. In the first 11 months, PGY-1’s have rotations in MICU, SICU, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Medical Consult Services, Pain Medicine and the medical wards. The 12th month (June) is spent in our department. This is when our incoming residents go through an intensive program to prepare them for direct patient care. During that month, they spend the mornings in the operating rooms with the more senior residents in an observation mode; they learn about anesthesia paperwork, machine check-up, room setup, and the general flow of the work. In the afternoon, every day that month, they are in a classroom, reviewing basic chapters with a member of the faculty.​

Clinical Rotations

Our multiple sites within the Detroit Medical Center complement each other, in that each has valuable clinical procedures to add to the residents’ training. The Central Campus of the Detroit Medical Center has four hospitals within a two-block area. Hutzel Women’s Hospital has 6,500 deliveries per year. Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH) is the Level One trauma hospital for the Detroit Medical Center. Additionally, the Oral Surgery Department and the Burn Unit are housed at DRH. Harper University Hospital offers all the other adult specialties: general surgery, oncological surgery, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, transplant surgery, urology, hand surgery, and plastic surgery. The fourth hospital within the Central Campus is Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where all pediatric surgical subspecialties are represented. Finally, away from the Central Campus, the Detroit Medical Center has three other hospitals and one freestanding surgery center. All are in Detroit and nearby suburbs. Adding all the surgical sites, we have 102 anesthetizing locations, with 84,000 adult anesthetics and 11,000 pediatrics anesthetics, administered by 65 anesthesiologists, 40 Residents, and 95 nurse anesthetists. On an average day, there are more clinical opportunities than there are residents. Residents tend to be assigned to 30 to 35% of the clinical case load. Our residents graduate with roughly 1,200 anesthetics delivered per resident, and their logs of specialized procedures far exceed the minimum requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


The resources of Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center are available to help expand our research efforts. Our faculty is actively involved in a variety of clinical research projects, and we are recruiting basic scientists for a research lab. Our residents are strongly encouraged to participate in our projects, and have the chance to co-author abstracts and articles, and present them at national conferences.


As part of their training, residents actively participate in journal clubs, research conferences, mortality and morbidity conferences, case discussions, and didactic conferences. We encourage them to attend national conferences, and provide them with financial allowances for that purpose. 

Again, thank you for your interest in our residency program.

Elie J. Chidiac, M.D.
Residency Program Director