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Categorical Anesthesiology Program

In 2008, the Brigham and Women's Department of Anesthesia introduced a highly competitive PGY-1 year. It is a medicine-based PGY-1 year co-administered with the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). The majority of the rotations are at BWH with a minor number of the rotations at the Veterans Administration Hospital at West Roxbury. There is rigorous reinforcement of the ACGME rules during the internship year. PGY-1s meet regularly with the Anesthesia Program Directors, and are assigned an Anesthesia Big Sib. There is close involvement with the Anesthesia Chief Residents, and all PGY-1s are invited to the Anesthesia Department social events.

Current Rotation Schedule*

The internship year is divided in 2 week blocks (total of 26 blocks)

Medicine blocks:

  • 10 blocks at BWH, 2 blocks at the VA
  • Rotations are mostly MICU/CCU, General Medicine Service (GMS), Cardiology; less often in the intensive teaching unit (ITU), bone marrow transplant, oncology

No call rotations are:

  • 2 blocks Anesthesia at BWH
  • 1 block Pulmonary at BWH
  • 3 blocks Elective


  • 2 blocks Emergency Medicine at BWH
  • 1 block Sick call coverage

4 weeks vacation:

  • 1 block first half of year
  • 1 block second half of year

*Rotation schedule may be modified for each academic year.

For further details, please contact Dr. Sascha Beutler, Program Director, at

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