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Letter from the Chief Resident

Dear Applicant: Welcome to Kaweah Health’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 Health offers a unique experience in anesthesia training.

Our Program

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 Health 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 Health. 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 Health 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