FAQs

The following are answers to questions most often asked by applicants interested in the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Georgetown.

How many residents are in the program?

We have 32 residents, including Chief Residents.

What is the status of the information technology systems at Georgetown?

Hospital financial successes have allowed for dramatic improvements in the computer and systems services at Georgetown. There are over 1000 new computers have been purchased for the hospital, medical floors and physician offices, including in ORs. The changeover to the state-of-the-art information system known as Cerner/Medconnect began in 2014 and is still evolving. In all, MedStar Health System is at the cutting edge in terms of technology and IT.

What are the "pros" of the residency program?

The superb faculty - house staff interactions, the diversity of clinical experiences, the outstanding quality of the residents, great location in Washington, DC, the opportunities for varied electives, and the responsiveness of the administration to resident concerns all stand out as highlights. Top Board pass rates, and job placement are evidence of the commitment to top notch education, outstanding residents, and Georgetown's reputation for graduating superb residents from the program.

What are the differences between Georgetown (GUH), Washington Hospital Center (WHC), and MedStar?

Georgetown has had many years of partnership with MedStar Health, the largest health system in the Mid-Atlantic region. MedStar is an nine-hospital, not-for profit organization. This partnership was entered in order to better manage the Georgetown University Hospital and physician practice; MedStar is known to excel in financial management of hospital systems. Georgetown University Hospital program is the only University-based residency program in the MedStar system.

Are the patients at Georgetown "private" patients?

All patients admitted to GUH have a designated attending of record. The vast majority of these patients (approximately 80%) are admitted to full-time, on site faculty. Most of these patients are admitted to our full-time hospitalist service, and are essentially "service" patients. 

What are the advantages / disadvantages of rotating through the various hospitals in the MedStar system?

Our affiliates add tremendous diversity (in terms of demographics, diseases, acuity, hospital size, location) to the program. WHC offers superb cardiovascular and trauma experience within the MedStar system. The faculty members at all of our affiliates are tremendously loyal to Georgetown, and have been educating students and residents for as long as 58 years. The advantage is the breadth of experiences available to the Georgetown Anesthesiology resident, as well as opportunities for residents to become familiar with private practitioners - this may be helpful for future job opportunities. 

What about the cost of living in the DC area?

True, Washington DC is viewed as a high cost place to live. Many residents choose to live in less expensive areas within a few miles of DC (Arlington, VA / Rosslyn - just over Key Bridge / suburban Maryland) - these areas are easily accessible to Georgetown and all affiliates and significantly reduce housing costs. Significant salary increases over the past two years have also helped ease the burden to some extent.

Where do most of the residents in this program live?

There are numerous areas where residents live. Some areas that are popular include Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Arlington (Virginia), Alexandria (Virginia), Silver Spring (Maryland), and Bethesda (Maryland). Some people even live as far north as Columbia, Maryland, which is half-way between Baltimore and Washington DC. 

What about vacation time?

You have total of 20 days of vacation (the maximum allowed by the ACGME): 15 days of vacation/sick and 5 days of meeting/conference time (which can be taken as vacation days as well). The chief residents will try to accommodate your calendar requests.