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Message from the Program Director

The Anesthesiology Residency Program at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center has been continuously accredited since 1969.  As of the summer of 2017 it is an advanced program, but we have requested ACGME approval for a (preliminary) Clinical Base Year. We will offer initially five categorical positions, possibly during the current Match period, with an exciting curriculum focused on diagnosis, optimization and active treatment of perioperative medical conditions. Many other changes have been implemented in the last academic year; please revisit the website often to learn about updates and new developments.

The Faculty at WMC have sub-specialized clinical and scholarly expertise. Their contribution to resident education and growth occurs through teaching in the ORs, didactic and simulation sessions, as well as through fun workshops and hands-on exercises. A formal mentoring program helps our residents with personal and academic goals and challenges.  Dr. Nitin Sekhri, Director of Pain Management, is Chairman of the Clinical Competence Committee and Dr. Irim Salik, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, is Associate Program Director in charge of the Curriculum. All the didactic sessions originate at WMC and are streamed many-directionally, so that all the residents may actively participate.

Ten (10) CA-1 residents begin their training every July. The clinical rotation sites are:

  1. Westchester Medical Center (WMC), in Valhalla, NY shares its leafy campus with New York Medical College. It is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a major hub for specialized care referrals. Here, we take care of patients from a very large catchment area stretching from the northern border of New York City to Delaware County, NY. Our caseload includes a full profile of cardio-thoracic, complex orthopedic, neurosurgical and solid organ transplant interventions, to name the busiest services. At the attached Pediatric Hospital, the residents gain exposure to all pediatric sub-specialties. Westchester Medical Center is expanding, with a new building currently under construction. The adult OR will expand contiguously by 12 new sites, including 2 additional hybrid rooms, where both endovascular interventions and cardiopulmonary bypass may be performed. Tele-health is very strong at WMC. Its Director, Dr. Corey Scurlock, is an Anesthesiologist. An elective rotation in tele-Critical Care is offered to senior residents. The volume of peripheral blocks has expanded to 3,000 cases in 2017 and the variety of blocks is very broad. Certain CA-3 residents may be eligible for an elective research rotation of up to six months.

  2. Danbury Hospital, in Danbury, CT is a large community hospital. While at Danbury, residents rotate on the Obstetrical Anesthesia service and Cardio-Thoracic Anesthesia service. Most cases at Danbury are elective and many services are structured such that the focus is on standardized clinical pathways and on the peri-operative surgical home. Typically, the first of the two required OB and Cardiac rotations are assigned at Danbury. General Anesthesia rotations for CA-1 residents and Ambulatory, Airway Management and Regional Anesthesia rotations for more advanced residents are offered there as well.

  3. Metropolitan Hospital is a historical affiliate of New York Medical College. The partnership is over a century old; despite the changes in the healthcare delivery systems, this affiliation remains strong. At “Met”, Anesthesiology residents learn General Anesthesia, Ambulatory and Obstetrical Anesthesia in an inner-city hospital setting.

  4. One resident per month rotates at the Pain Management Division at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY. The focus of the rotation is Chronic Inpatient Pain Management.

Our Program takes great pride in providing our residents individually-tailored support, encouragement and experience while setting high, but achievable, academic standards and professional practice goals. The residents who pursue Fellowship training have strong mentoring and advocacy; Critical Care, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia are our residents’ favorite sub-specialties. Approximately half the residents chose to begin practice after graduation. Although our Faculty members hail from many programs in the nation, the Department is happy to employ our graduates. The training we provide is that good!

We recruit hard-working, fun-loving, dedicated, reliable, self-aware and mature candidates who enjoy team-work and are serious about taking exceptional care of patients. You can find detailed, up to-date information about our program at FREIDA Online. The Recruitment Committee Members, Faculty and Residents review ALL the applications submitted via ERAS, and select approximately 30% of applicants for interviews.  Although good scores are predictive of academic success, we are a very inclusive and diverse program. We believe that we can help you achieve if you have the drive and commitment. We want to train compassionate, dedicated doctors who are our team-mates, colleagues, professional friends and contributors to our field.

Thank you for your interest in the Anesthesiology Residency Program at New York Medical College/ Westchester Medical Center.


A. Elisabeth Abramowicz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Residency Program Director
New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center