Chief Resident’s Welcome


Alan Schurle, M.D. (L), John Henry Harrison, M.D. (R)

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. We hope you are interested in meeting us and seeing what our residency program has to offer. Our number one priority is to train you to be an outstanding anesthesiologist, and we believe that our program can do that.

We have a rigorous educational program that advances your career over three years of training in anesthesiology. Your learning will be centered in three separate facilities on one campus: the Center for Care and Discovery, the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, and Comer Children’s Hospital. In addition to this broad educational experience at the University of Chicago, you will also gain experience at North Shore Hospital in Evanston, a busy, high acuity community hospital a few miles north of the city.

Our anesthesiology residency offers 8 categorical positions and 10 advanced positions, totaling 18 residents per class. Although we are a large residency program, each resident is exposed to a plentiful and diverse caseload. Our categorical internship offers clinical experience in wards and intensive care units, including a unique month in ENT where you will perform panendoscopies and assist in surgical airways. The following clinical anesthesia years will prepare you to be a consultant anesthesiologist. The first month in the OR can be daunting, but our program pairs you one-on-one with two faculty members for intensive intraoperative teaching and guidance. These faculty members are very approachable and are dedicated to resident leadership and education. Many of them become mentors for our residents throughout their time here and are available for your job search after graduation.

Throughout the first year, you will learn the basics of anesthesiology and get experience in many subspecialties. As your residency progresses, you will care for patients ranging from those who need total endoscopic robotic cardiac surgery to those with complex conditions in the intensive care unit (burn, surgical, cardiothoracic). You also will receive training in high-risk obstetrics and treat children in our Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. We are a large and busy tertiary care center, but you can rely on plenty of collegial support from our exceptional faculty, co-residents, CRNAs and certified anesthesia technicians.

We offer an extensive didactic curriculum to supplement your clinical training. Daily morning didactic sessions include invited speakers from within and outside the department, peer teaching by residents with faculty mentorship, preparation for written boards, and a comprehensive mock oral board exam with current or past ABA oral board examiners that you are involved in each year. Our didactic sections are often supplemented with hands-on teaching such as ultrasound workshops, epidural simulation training, transesophageal ecocardiography simulation, and practice in our Airway Lab. On Wednesdays, our morning Grand Rounds lectures focus on topics such as quality improvement, morbidity and mortality, visiting professor rounds, and journal club. The department also offers a chance to earn supplemental income with various moonlighting opportunities.

Residents use every occasion to learn from our distinguished faculty. Among them are active oral board examiners, previous or current board members and presidents of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia (SOAP), the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA), and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA), and faculty actively pursuing cutting edge research. After graduation, many of our residents obtain fellowships at prestigious institutions or appointments to highly sought-after private practice groups.

Despite a robust clinical and nonclinical experience, residents find ample time to pursue other educational and leadership opportunities: Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists presidents, ASA board members, and medical education scholars. Furthermore, many of our residents find time to attend national meetings and present their research at the Regional Midwest Anesthesia Research Conference, the national ASA meeting, or other subspecialty meetings. To supplement all of this, you are training in the great city of Chicago. From street festivals every weekend, the beach during the summer, and ice skating in the Maggie Daley skate park during the winter, Chicago is filled with places for fun. We encourage you to come and check us out and learn more about our program. We are excited to meet you!

You can reach us at: Alan Schurle -; John Henry Harrison -