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Desk Archeology

Dr. Douglas BaconRobert Pirsg, in his classic book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, describes two types of mechanics. There are those who are neat, who have a place for every tool, and every tool in its place. But, there are also pilers, mechanics who pile tools, cloths, and other items. They know where everything is, but move a tool three inches to the left and it is as good as lost! I am, unfortunately for those around me, a piler. Every so often something gets misplaced, and the desk must be cleaned and organized. During this process, many forgotten things are found, and like a rich archeologic dig items appear that can be of great value.

Searching for the right residency is often a true archeologic expedition. What is the best residency “fit” for me? How will I know if there is enough clinical work for to insure that I have seen the breadth and depth of anesthesiology? Do I like the people I meet? Do I get some time with the residents without faculty present to really learn what it is like here? These question often plague medical students looking for a residency position.

At the University of Mississippi Medical Center we offer a broad range of clinical cases. Heart, kidney and liver transplantation is common, alongside of high risk obstetrical care. Our team is heavily involved in cardiac care - in the cath lab and the OR. Our Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) rotation allows the resident to learn about complex care in the immediate post-operative environment. Clinically, our residency is very strong and allows graduating residents to feel confident in their skills as they go out into practice.

At the same time, the department is growing. We have an approved pediatric fellowship and are assessing the possibility of fellowships in critical care medicine, obstetrical and cardiac anesthesia. Our education program is very strong, and each June on the morning of graduation our senior resident present their intellectual projects at Dr. Claude Brunson’s Teaching Day. 

On Aug. 4, the new medical school building opened! This fall, our translational research building will open. It is an exciting time to be in Mississippi and I hope that you will seriously consider coming to the UMMC anesthesiology residency program.

Douglas Bacon
Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology