Our Chief Residents
Dr. Nicholas Houska and Dr. Emily Williamson, Chief Residents 2017-2018
Welcome to the Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of
We appreciate you taking the time to visit the Wake Forest
School of Medicine Anesthesiology Residency website. We feel and hope that you will agree that our
residency is uniquely suited to transform incoming residents into exceptional
consultants in the field of anesthesiology.
This process begins with an integrated, categorical intern
year that exposes our residents to critical care, surgical subspecialties,
internal medicine, and pediatrics. Toward
the end of this year, each resident has a one-month anesthesia elective where foundational
learning of anesthesia begins. Each
clinical-base-year rotation is specifically chosen to help prepare our interns
to be ready to hit the ground running on July 1st of their CA-1
While our program has many focuses, one of the most apparent
is the intentional emphasis on education.
Structured didactics, simulation experiences in our state-of-the-art
simulation suite, subspecialty journal clubs, and hands on learning with
advanced airway equipment are at the forefront of the residency education from day
one. As our residency winds through the
“seasons of academia,” the didactic focus shifts to up-to-date topics that round
out the basis for clinical decision making.
Topics range from the basics of pharmacology, physiology, and
pre-operative evaluation to advanced cardiac anesthetic management and regional
anesthetic techniques; a dedicated review of Basic Exam topics occurs in the
weeks leading up to the ABA exam. All
areas of anesthesia are covered in detail, and throughout the three years
important topics are continually revisited, advanced, and integrated. The clinical instruction to prepare our
residents to become exceptional anesthesiology consultants is unparalleled and
extends naturally into the intraoperative environment. As national leaders in the field of
anesthesiology, intraoperative teaching with our approachable and knowledgeable
faculty occurs naturally.
One of the best aspects of our residency involves the
realization that everyone is unique and has different needs. Many of our residents choose to pursue
fellowships while others enter straight into practice. Some of our residents pursue academia; others
attain successful careers in private practice.
For those interested in research, there is ample opportunity to get
involved in ongoing research or to design, implement, and perform original
research. Opportunities abound in
becoming facile in advanced regional anesthesia techniques during dedicated
regional anesthesia rotations, managing complicated obstetric anesthetics, reading
basic TEE, learning multiple advanced airway techniques, caring for unstable pediatric
patients in the operating room, and so much more. Regardless of what your ambitions are for
your career, the Wake Forest Anesthesiology Residency will prepare you to step
into that role on the very first day after residency. While becoming a consultant anesthesiologist,
you will be surrounded by friendly residents, faculty, and staff who recognize
that while learning all of the above is important, life outside of residency is
We encourage you to look further into our residency. With our foundation in intentional education,
abundant clinical and basic research opportunities, and superior clinical
instruction, we believe Wake Forest will be one of the top anesthesiology
residencies in the nation for years to come.
We think you will agree!