Dear Applicant: Welcome to Kaweah Delta’s Anesthesiology Residency
Program! We are so happy you are considering us for your residency training.
We understand the gravity of this decision and that finding the perfect
fit for your training goals is of paramount importance. I think you will
find that Kaweah Delta offers a unique experience in anesthesia training.
One of the strengths of our program is our size; with just four residents
per class there is no competition for case volume or procedures. Moreover,
you will have direct input into the trajectory this program takes and
your clinical progression will be closely tracked. Our case volume and
unique pathology are two of the greatest assets of our program. As the
only anesthesia residency in California’s Central Valley, we serve
a large diverse patient population, who in my opinion, are the most salt-of-the-earth
people you will ever meet.
We offer fellowship-trained faculty in areas of obstetric anesthesia, cardiac
anesthesia, critical care, acute pain and regional anesthesia, and chronic
pain, whose dedication to teaching and approachability is as impressive
as their academic accomplishments. With over 5000 deliveries a year, our
labor and delivery service will immerse you in the field of obstetric
anesthesia, where you will have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one
with the OB Anesthesia Attending. Kaweah Delta is recognized as one of
America’s 50 Best Hospitals for cardiac surgery, and you will work
as an integral member of the team as the only anesthesia resident on that
service for the entirety of your cardiac anesthesia rotation, with no
competition for procedures and excellent TEE exposure. Your critical care
experience will be spent in the medical and cardiac ICUs, with time spent
learning from our program director who is critical-care trained and well
recognized for his contributions to resident teaching at Kaweah Delta.
During your intern year, you will rotate throughout various specialties
such as emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and critical care,
as well as a POCUS rotation, all of which will not only provide extensive
clinical exposure for setting a strong clinical foundation but also will
allow you to establish strong rapport with the various departments of
the hospital and the surgeons with whom you will work closely during your
CA years. Our didactics are composed of daily morning keywords and once
a week afternoon didactic sessions, which is allotted for standard didactics
during your CA-1 year and practice-based learning sessions during your
CA-2 and CA-3 years, as well as simulation lab sessions to complement
your training in the OR. Our residents and faculty value intellectual
curiosity, and residents have presented at major conferences every year,
including the ASA and the Western Anesthesia Residency Conference. Home
rotations are supplemented with pediatric anesthesia rotations at Valley
Children’s Hospital in Madera and a chronic pain rotation in Fresno.
A month-long rotation is dedicated to intraoperative TEE during the CA-3
year, where you can acquire the numbers needed to earn basic TEE certification
if you choose to do so.
There is a sense of camaraderie and friendship from those who make the
Central Valley feel like home. You'll share the privilege of working with
well-intentioned, kind, and supportive nurses, anesthesia and OR techs,
and ancillary staff. As a former East Coaster, I found my transition into
Visalia to be seamless and I’ve quickly found a home here. With
just a three-hour commute to Los Angeles, San Francisco and the coast,
you’ll have the convenience of living in a small town with easy
accessibility to larger cities. I think you will find Kaweah Delta has
all the necessary ingredients needed for excellent residency training
and more. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!
Caitlin Cammarano, DO
Chief Resident, Class of 2021