Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Resident Life

As a resident in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, you’ll have the opportunity to call Pittsburgh your home. With a regional population of 2.4 million, Pittsburgh is a city with a strong history that has been receiving a great deal of national attention in recent years. Since 2000, Pittsburgh has topped “most livable city” lists six times, including those of The Economist, Forbes, and Yahoo!

Pittsburgh is a vibrant city with many cultural and entertainment options to enjoy. Most of your rotations will take place in hospitals located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, home to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as multiple museums, restaurants, bars, and shops. Only a few minutes away are Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, two neighborhoods where many residents choose to live and each with their own array of dining and entertainment options.

A typical weekend in Pittsburgh might include going for a jog through Schenley Park, shopping for fresh produce at the markets along the Allegheny River, or eating dinner and enjoying the bar scene on the South Side. Additionally, the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is a tight-knit group that enjoys getting together outside of the hospital for the annual Welcome Picnic, holiday parties, graduation, and numerous informal happy hours and cookouts throughout the year. And if you have any time left over after all of that for some world-class sports, you can enjoy watching the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates at their home venues. Read more

Kaarin Michaelson (2018 graduate) 

"I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but have also lived in North Carolina and London. In each location, I've sought out green spaces because I love hiking, trail running, and summer picnics. Pittsburgh is one of the greenest cities I've ever lived in. Each neighborhood has a unique park, which includes Frick Park and Schenley Park that really do rival London's Hyde Park and NYC's Central Park for sheer expanse and great views. Beyond the green, Pittsburgh is a great city for families. My kids and I love going to the Pirates games at PNC Park where tickets are cheap, seats are great, and the city skyline is breathtaking! The Children's Museum, Zoo (especially the "Zoo Boo" trick-or-treat event in October), and the Carnegie Museums offer wonderful entertainment for all ages. My kids are big fans of the Broadway musicals that regularly come through Pittsburgh. In the last year, we have seen the Lion King, Matilda, Mary Poppins, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's annual Nutcracker production. All in all, I'm really glad to have matched at UPMC because it’s a fantastic program in a truly warm and family-friendly city." 

Courtney Garbee (2017 graduate)

"My husband and I found UPMC to be a fantastic match for our training goals. UPMC’s anesthesiology residency offered a combination of rigorous academic training and a breadth of opportunity in subspecialty anesthesia experience. UPMC was one of the few places that had top-notch anesthesiology training plus an excellent Pediatric Intensive Care fellowship for my husband. We settled in Mt. Lebanon, a southern suburb of Pittsburgh where several other residents live, and have grown to love this welcoming community with a low cost-of-living and quality schools. We are proud parents of a delightful daughter and look forward to exploring the city’s zoo, many parks, museums and cultural offerings with her. Pittsburgh offered everything I was looking for in a place to live and UPMC’s anesthesiology residency offered everything I was looking for in a training program. "


Andrew Clary (2016 graduate)

"I love it here. I'm a Cleveland native, food explorer, and avid sports guy. Pittsburgh as a city has a lot to offer, where I've made friends through sports in our many city parks. In the fall, I competed on city teams for football and ultimate frisbee while intermittently challenging youngsters in Pitt’s intramural basketball league. Due to the closeness of the residents, a pick up adventure to go white water rafting, playing volleyball, or hiking along the Allegheny River has only been a text message away. While the Pirates leave a lot to be desired, the Steelers and Penguins pick up the slack if I've got a craving for professional sports. Food abounds, whether I’m scarfing an overstuffed sandwich (with fries), green curry at one of many great Thai places, or enjoying a Sicilian bistro for a special occasion. I have been surprised by the food culture here, with Saturday farmers markets contributing to a growing movement of locally sourced foods. In all, I think UPMC is a wonderful place to train, given supportive faculty, a great educational experience, and a vibrant city. Come visit us! "