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Anesthesiology residency training at the University of Colorado (CU) is unique and elite. Residents predominantly train at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) but also spend time at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO), Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC). UCH is routinely the top-ranked hospital in Colorado and is commonly among the top 20 hospitals in the country. Because of highly ranked surgical specialties and the multi-state catchment area, UCH attracts the entire spectrum of patients and pathologies. CHCO is routinely among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country and like UCH, it attracts patients from many surrounding states. VAMC cares for military veterans from Colorado as well as some surrounding states and recently moved into a new hospital. DHMC is in the heart of Denver and earns an international reputation for its trauma care. UCH, CHCO, and VAMC share space at the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) in Aurora, Colorado. AMC encompasses hospitals, education, research, and private industry to serve as an innovative 21st century medical campus. More than 150 faculty at all of our sites are committed to resident training and investing in resident success.

Aside from clinical training, perhaps the most unique aspect of being a resident at CU is the culture of our program. Residents develop deep bonds with one another and with our faculty. Part of nurturing the culture is recruiting compassionate people with high character who are willing to contribute to our culture. This is true for both resident as well as faculty recruitment. Another important part is the Wellness curricula threaded throughout the training timeline. Our department chair, Dr. Vesna Todorovic, commits the resources needed for residents to go on annual retreats and other activities. Additionally, our department is the first in the country to hire a clinical psychologist to serve as a resource for faculty and residents alike. Dr. Jo Vogeli is involved in resident rotations that are emotionally difficult, she coordinates debrief sessions after adverse patient outcomes, and she is available for one-on-one appointments. Moreover, physician wellness champions like Dr. Alison Brainard are passionate about making residency training a group journey as opposed to an isolated and independent journey.

At the University of Colorado Anesthesiology Residency Program, residents are surrounded by great people, they get elite clinical training in modern facilities, and they get broad support to reach their goals. Here, we are family.


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Birdie Moua, MPH

Residency/Fellowship Coordinator
ACMGE Fellowships: Critical Care, OB
Non-ACMGE Fellowships: Regional Pain, Liver Transplant, Neuro

Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12631 E. 17th Avenue, Mail Stop 8202
Aurora, CO 80045


Kathy Riggs

Residency/Fellowship Lead Coordinator
ACGME Fellowships: Cardiothoracic, PM&R

Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12631 E. 17th Avenue, Mail Stop 8202
Aurora, CO 80045