Message From the Chairman
The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (originated in 1956) is a vital part of the oldest medical school in the south, the Medical University of South Carolina, which was founded in 1824. Situated in beautiful, historic Charleston, South Carolina, MUSC is a wonderful place to train and to work. Anesthesiology residents rotate through the University Hospital which consists of 21 operating suites and 10 off-site anesthesia locations; Rutledge Tower, our outpatient ambulatory surgical center with nine operating rooms; Ashley River Tower which houses nine operating rooms and seven peripheral locations; and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center with five operating rooms. In addition, Adult Cardiothoracic and Critical Care fellowship opportunities are available. All of our facilities offer state-of-the-art monitoring and equipment in spacious rooms.
Teaching is a priority of the department. The faculty is extremely diverse with extensive fellowship training in adult and pediatric cardiothoracic, pediatrics, critical care, regional anesthesia and chronic pain management. Our residents come from throughout the United States. Our case load is such that residents are able to complete their case number requirements for American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) certification by the end of their CA-2 year allowing them the opportunity to concentrate on areas of interest throughout their CA-3 year.
The department is significantly engaged in research activities. Dr. Frank McGowan is the Jerry Reves Endowed Chairman for Anesthesia Research. He leads a robust pediatric cardiovascular research effort which attempts to translate basic science discoveries to the pediatric cardiothoracic operating rooms. The MUSC Simulation Center of South Carolina is run by Dr. John Schaefer, Lewis Blackman Endowed Chairman for Patient Safety and Medical Simulation. Significant research is occurring on the utility of simulated training on knowledge and skill attainment and retention. The department is also heavily involved in delineating the utility of medical devices such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Multiple corporate trials are ongoing at any given time. All of this research offers residents the opportunity to be exposed to projects with close faculty supervision.
The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina continues to expand educational and patient care treatment options in spite of our challenging health care environment. Our “can-do” mentality along with all that our beautiful city has to offer creates a wonderful environment in which to train, work and live.