Judi A. Turner, M.D., Ph.D.

At UCLA, we believe in training world-class clinicians who are committed leaders in research, education, and professional responsibility through unparalleled hands-on experience, state-of-the-art research facilities, multifaceted mentoring, and the provision of abundant opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Anesthesiology Residency Program at UCLA offers 25 categorical post-graduate positions each year. Training in anesthesiology is centered in Westwood on UCLA's main campus, where the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opened in 2008. This beautiful, light-filled quaternary care facility serves a diverse, high acuity patient population. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, located 20 minutes west of the main campus and only one mile from the Pacific Ocean, is an integrated facility that serves an increasingly complex patient population with a community hospital perspective. The Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Westwood and Santa Monica and the Jules Stein Eye Institute Complex, located on the main Westwood campus, serve unique patient populations that do not require in-patient postoperative care.

Five affiliated sites complement the core sites for various subspecialty experiences: the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center (critical care, cardiac, and multispecialties operating room anesthesiology rotations), Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (obstetric anesthesiology rotation), Olive View Medical Center (regional anesthesiology rotation), and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (pediatric anesthesiology rotation). These sites provide experience working with different patient populations and the full spectrum of healthcare systems. On average, residents spend approximately 6 of their 36 months of clinical training at these valuable affiliates.

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive experience that prepares UCLA Anesthesiology graduates for life-long learning and the career of their choice, whether in academic medicine, in an advanced care sub-specialty field, or in private practice. For those interested in sub-specialty careers, UCLA offers competitive clinical fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Liver Transplantation Anesthesiology, Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, Regional Anesthesiology, and Thoracic Anesthesiology as well as training in Advanced Transesophageal Echocardiography, Basic Science and Clinical Research, and Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR).

UCLA trains clinical leaders in anesthesiology by providing increasing levels of responsibility in patient care, education, and hospital engagement. Our training as Team Captain provides seniors with the opportunity to practice supervision, real-time, team-led decision making, and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Our new Practice Management rotation allows senior residents to learn practical OR leadership skills in running the board at our Santa Monica Hospital, working with residents and CRNAs, and participating in relevant OR and Hospital committee meetings with other departmental leaders. Our Practice Management rotation is supported by an 8-part lecture series taught by leaders in our specialty.

UCLA's didactic program is based on a robust and proven comprehensive approach to learning that focuses on resident engagement. In addition to offering unsurpassed clinical training, the residency program takes pride in its level-specific didactic program designed to prepare residents for lifelong learning and successful board certification. Our didactic program is enhanced by weekly simulation-based training sessions, mock oral examinations, perioperative advanced cardiac life support, frequent workshops, interactive sessions using audience response and small group formats, as well as rotation-specific didactics and specialty and general journal clubs.

UCLA expects scholarly activity from all residents and enthusiastically supports resident research in multiple areas, including patient safety and quality improvement projects. The Department encourages and supports resident research presentations at local, state, and national meetings.

The Department also offers advanced research track opportunities on a competitive basis. Residents are paired with faculty mentors early during their training to collaborate on meaningful clinical, translational, and/or basic science projects. Novel discoveries, hypothesis-based research, and other scholarly products are presented at our annual scientific evening, as well as funded to represent the Department at the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference, the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting and various subspecialty conferences.

At UCLA, we also value effective advocacy for our specialty through participation in state and national professional societies. We actively encourage and support residents to engage in these activities. Our residents work closely with the highest level of leaders in our specialty and actively participate in committees that advocate for and impact our profession, practice, and the patients we serve. These invaluable experiences allow us to graduate future leaders.

In summary, the UCLA Anesthesiology Residency Program offers unparalleled clinical training, outstanding research opportunities, and superb preparation for a successful career as a leader in our specialty.


Judi A. Turner, M.D., Ph.D.

Residency Program Director
Associate Vice Chair for Education