Welcome to the Anesthesia Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our residents receive unparalleled education in anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine. This education stems from interactions with expert faculty educators, world-class researchers, highly skilled surgeons who perform advanced surgical procedures, and outstanding co-residents.
Our residents can expect to advance in their professional development at an accelerated pace. We support our residents’ varied academic interests and have a long history of successfully helping our residents attain their professional goals. Whether you hope to become an expert-level clinician, independently funded investigator, master educator or leader in health care, our program will help you attain success as you advance in your journey of professional development.
Join us for the 12th Annual New England Anesthesia Resident Conference. Learn more.
Anesthesia Resident Spotlight
Kyan Safavi, MD, MBA, shares his experiences as a resident in our Anesthesia Residency Program. Read the story.
Our Educational Mission
"The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine education team aims to cultivate clinical experts and future leaders in anesthesiology. The core of our educational mission is continuous improvement, where learning oriented individuals thrive by drawing on our incredible resources. These resources notably include our talented and diverse residents, a clinical experience which is uniquely available at Mass General and a world-class faculty. We complement our residents’ clinical growth with rich opportunities in research, education, quality and safety, global health, administration and more, in order to shape and lead the future of anesthesiology."
—Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD, MBA, Residency Program Director
“We approach teaching and learning with a mastery orientation, employing both strategy and effort. We approach all activities, including giving and receiving feedback, with a goal of improving one’s performance. We use experimentally demonstrated strategies to improve teaching and learning. All cases provide opportunities for learning and improving. Failure is another opportunity to learn and improve.”
—Keith Baker, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Education
“Mass General is a leading center of anesthesia training. Our faculty is extraordinary and gives residents a broad breadth of experience in clinical care, education and quality management, as well as clinical, translational and basic research.”
—Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, anesthetist-in-chief
The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital recruits top candidates, both nationally and internationally, into our Anesthesia Residency Program. Our residents bring to the program diverse perspectives and backgrounds, enriching the program further and deepening the care experience that our patients receive.
CA-1 residents come together for a fall weekend retreat, beginning with a daylong Outward Bound experience at Thompson Island located in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. This outdoor team-building experience is followed by a retreat where residents are familiarized with the learning environment.
Throughout their training, residents participate in a variety of social events where they get to know each other and form lasting friendships including:
- Resident picnics and dinners
- Beer and wine tastings
- Sporting events including softball and bowling
- Annual Spring Fling
- Poster sessions
- Toys for Tots charity drive
Welcome to Boston
A world-class city with a small-town feel, Boston is rich in history and culture and home to more than 50 colleges and universities. Boston is known for its sports teams and for its major cultural institutions like the Boston Ballet and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There are many museums, galleries and restaurants to visit, along with a thriving local music scene for interested residents.
Most area attractions are within walking distance or a short trip on public transportation. Mass General is located right near the city center, which is surrounded by a number of neighborhoods where our residents live. Some of the better-known areas include Harvard Square, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End and the North End.
Boston is also centrally located to major destinations in the Northeast. New York is just four hours away by bus. Train lines such as Amtrak and the MBTA local commuter rail make traveling in New England and along the coast easy. We are in close proximity to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and other major travel destinations. International flights are also available out of Boston's Logan International Airport, approximately a 15-minute cab ride away from the hospital.
Resources for Prospective, Incoming and Current Residents
Making the move to Boston is both exciting and challenging. There are resources available to help you find housing, furniture and networks to connect to:
The Anesthesia Residency Program welcomes inquiries from all interested applicants. We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and do not accept paper applications. Those who would like to submit a formal application should do so through the ERAS associated with the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Please submit the following documents electronically via ERAS or visit our applicant page:
- A completed ERAS application
- Dean's letter
- Medical school transcript
- United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Board scores
- Three letters of reference
- Personal statement
- A curriculum vitae
The application deadline for the Anesthesia Residency Program is November 1.
For specific information about application requirements and important deadlines, please contact:
Residency Recruitment Coordinator
If you are an international medical school graduate and wish to apply, please contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to submit your ERAS application. You must be ECFMG-certified to apply to our program. We sponsor J-1 visas and H1B visas.
Visiting Clerkship Program
The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine, to increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency, and especially, to increase the number of national minority students applying to hospital training programs affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Learn more
Anesthesia Residency Program
Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD, MBA, Program Director