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The anesthesia residency at the University of Iowa is a four-year ACGME-accredited program, incorporating direct patient care into a learning environment with strong didactics. Our approach prepares graduates to enter their choice of private practice, academic practice, or fellowship.

All major anesthesia fellowships are represented at the University of Iowa, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiac
  • Critical care
  • Regional anesthesia and acute pain management

Every element of your residency experience–didactics, clinical training, research and scholarly activity, and social or recreational opportunities–is designed to provide you with a foundation of excellence that will serve you well throughout your career.

We look forward meeting you and welcoming you to the University of Iowa Department of Anesthesia.

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Lisa Kouba
​Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesia
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-356-1338
Email: lisa-kouba@uiowa.edu

Karolyn Fox-Dahl

The most important reason that I wanted to join the Iowa anesthesia residency was because of the camaraderie amongst the residents. During my interview visit, I got the impression that the residents take care of each other here and work together very well as a team. In my experience so far that has certainly been true, and it's something that I am happy to be a part of.

~Karolyn Fox-Dahl, MD, CA-3, Chief Resident

Daniel Rhoades

The University of Iowa Anesthesia program produces top level residents by providing excellent teaching and the ability to do complex cases. The faculty, residents, and support staff made it clear to me they are a family who support each other. I can't imagine doing my residency at any other place or with any other group of people.

~Danny Rhoades, MD, CA-3

Robert Sand portrait

The anesthesia residency program at the University of Iowa not only provides a comprehensive and well-rounded training experience, but it also introduces you to a professional family. From day one, you are included and part of the team. The hospital system provides a level of experience and knowledge base for your future practice that few other places can offer. If given the choice to pursue my training at any other program, I'd choose Iowa again without hesitation. Although I am only part of the way through my training, thanks to the faculty, staff, and residents, I already feel more than prepared to face any challenge in the OR.  

Bob Sand, DO, CA-2

Sarah Helwege portrait

When considering the University of Iowa during interview season, the aspect that was most appealing to me was the residents and how they interacted with one another like a family. Every program is going to have pros and cons, work you hard, and teach you anesthesia, but not every program had a group of residents, attendings, and staff who actually care about and support each other. That was my impression during my interview, and it is still my impression today.

~Sarah Helwege, DO, CA-1

Alex Woodrow portrait

The University of Iowa contains everything that I want in a residency program: strong faculty, diverse and complex patient population, and a long track record of producing high quality anesthesiologists. It was clear Iowa was the right choice for me during the interview when I saw how close-knit and supportive the residents were, and I am happy to be a part of that culture. 

Alex Woodrow, DO, CA-1