Anesthesiology Residency

Over the past 20 years, 99 percent of our graduates have passed the board certification process to become Diplomates of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine - Scott & White Anesthesiology Residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The program consists of four years of training as recommended by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), with provisions for the clinical base 12 months and clinical anesthesia for 36 months.

Our program boasts a large case volume – with subspecialty exposure in cardiac anesthesia and heart transplant – while maintaining a smaller resident-faculty ratio of 1:1.5

Our residents have achieved four straight wins in the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Resident Jeopardy competition.

Our program has an excellent track record of fellowship placement at prestigious programs around the country, including UCSD, Dartmouth, Columbia, Vanderbilt, University of Utah, Loma Linda, UT Southwestern, MD Anderson, Texas Tech Pain Institute, Texas Heart Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Florida, as well as our own cardiac and pain fellowships over the past four years.

We accept 10 residents per year.


Typical Rotation Schedules

During residency, which includes the clinical base year, trainees have an opportunity to interact with more than 400 specialists and subspecialists who staff the two institutions participating in the program. The program is designed to present the art and science of anesthesiology as a practice of medicine.

Clinical Base Year (CB)

On each rotation, the intern is directly involved in patient care in a team concept with other house officers assigned to the service. The resident is fully delegated to the clinical service assigned and has no clinical responsibilities elsewhere. All house staff are supervised and instructed by faculty. Interns are responsible for documenting history, physical exam, management plans and progress of patients.

  • Pediatrics
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Medicine wards
  • Emergency medicine
  • Trauma surgery
  • Medical ICU
  • Palliative medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Introduction to chronic pain medicine
  • Preoperative Evaluation Clinic

Clinical Anesthesia I

During CA-1 year, residents will learn foundational anesthesia principles and skills that they will build upon over the next 3 years. They will be assigned to a broad spectrum of cases including advanced subspecialties like cardiothoracic, pediatric and neurosurgical anesthesia throughout the year. Being involved in advanced cases not only accelerates the resident’s knowledge and skillset, but also allows them early exposure to subspecialties they may want to pursue as a fellowship.

  • General OR anesthesiology
  • Obstetric anesthesiology
  • Pediatric anesthesiology
  • Neurosurgical anesthesiology
  • Cardiothoracic anesthesiology
  • Acute pain management/regional anesthesia
  • Veteran’s administration hospital
  • Surgical ICU

Clinical Anesthesia II

During the CA-2 year, residents will experience the full spectrum of anesthetic cases and at various locations. They will do rotations at all 4 of our surgical facilities ranging from fast-paced cases at our private practice style outpatient surgical center to complex vascular cases at our main hospital and VA.

  • Chronic pain medicine clinic (Interventional)
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Outpatient regional anesthesia
  • Surgical ICU
  • Vascular Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
  • Ambulatory anesthesiology
  • Advanced OR anesthesiology
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Acute Pain Management Service/Advanced Airway Management
  • Outpatient Regional Anesthesiology

Clinical Anesthesia III

During the CA-3 year, residents are given the flexibility to tailor their schedule to prepare them for life after residency. Several months of elective rotations allow CA-3 residents to do research, go on mission trips, do away rotations or do several months focusing on a subspecialty of their interest.

  • Chronic pain medicine clinic (interventional)
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Outpatient regional anesthesia
  • Surgical ICU
  • Non-OR Anesthesiology 
  • Ambulatory anesthesiology
  • Advanced OR anesthesiology
  • Flexibility to emphasize subspecialties of interest
  • Possible Electives – Mission trips, POCUS, Additional ICU experience, Away Rotations

Educational programs are offered daily. Core lectures are normally held Monday through Wednesday, with smaller conferences on Fridays. Conferences and seminars are held from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m., which allows all residents and faculty to attend.

On Thursday mornings, the conference time is from 6:45 to 8 a.m., with a delayed operating room start in order to facilitate visiting professors and departmental conferences.

A summary of the didactic program is as follows:

  • Faculty lectures
  • Quality assurance conference
  • Mock oral exams
  • Group conferences
  • Grand rounds
  • Journal club
  • Simulation training
  • Intern didactics

Anesthesiology Resident Research Forum and Clinical Update

Held each year, this forum allows residents to present original research, case reports or quality improvement projects to the anesthesiology department. This is a formal event, and judges award prizes for the best research project, best case report and best presentation. Typically, a well-known speaker also will present as a guest lecturer.

Gillespie Family Lectureship in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Through the generosity of the Gillespie Family’s endowment, each year, a nationally known guest speaker is brought to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple to serve as a guest lecturer for morning Grand Rounds, a lunch roundtable discussion with residents and an evening lecture topic. We have been lucky to recruit many excellent speakers, including current and former American Society of Anesthesiologist Presidents, members of the American Board of Anesthesiology Board of Directors and many well-known chairs and program directors of distinguished residency programs throughout the country.

Specialty Resident Assignments

Currently, one-month specialty rotations are organized for the disciplines of cardiothoracic, vascular, obstetrical and pediatric anesthesia. Residents also receive specialized training in ambulatory anesthesia, post-anesthesia care and regional anesthesia. The resident will usually have one month of each in the CA-I and CA-II years. Supervisory faculty are also assigned to these specialties on a monthly basis to provide consistency.

An active pain service gives excellent training in acute and chronic pain management.

The airway management rotation allows residents to develop skill in the use of specialized techniques for management of the difficult airway.

Critical Care Medicine

In addition to the intensive care experience during the clinical base year, four additional months are scheduled on critical care medicine later in residency. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) treats surgical patients from most surgical subspecialties, as well as those admitted with problems secondary to major trauma. The service is directed by an anesthesiologist with subspecialty credentials in critical care medicine. At the present time, anesthesiology residents spend two months during the CA-I year, one month during the CA-II year and one month during the CA-III year on the surgical ICU service.

Advanced Clinical Track

The advanced clinical track provides a broad mix of advanced clinical anesthesia assignments. The purpose of these rotations is to allow the CA-III resident to expand his/her experience and confidence in the management of more complex anesthetic problems. The upper-level resident manages patients with more complex medical problems for more complicated surgery. In addition, he/she is allowed greater freedom in development and implementation of an anesthetic plan. The resident may also obtain additional experience in subspecialty rotations.

  • Care that extends beyond the hospital walls

    Here, our residents are more than just co-workers. Our program cultivates a family atmosphere inside and outside of the program. That's why we host routine resident socials and family events.

  • Cultivating excellence

    We offer dedicated time and resources for residents to pursue personal interests and develop original research.

  • Innovation from bench to bedside

    We believe research is an integral part of innovation. That's why we host an Annual Anesthesiology Research Forum where our residents showcase their original research.

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's top hospitals in Texas

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple is a 640-bed teaching and research hospital with a Level I trauma center.

How to Apply

We use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to electronically accept residency applications, letters of recommendations, dean’s letters, transcripts and other credentials directly from your medical school.

Deadline for applications is November 1.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Submit three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate their performance
  • Have passed steps 1 and 2 of USMLE

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Amy Sanders
Program Administrator
Phone: 254.724.5306

Anesthesiology Residency
Baylor Scott & White Health
2401 S. 31st. St.
Temple, TX 76508

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Temple

Temple uniquely offers a combination of access to big-city conveniences while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Temple has also been ranked among the Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas and one of America's most affordable places of 2015.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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