By now, I assume that most have read my brief biography that has been posted on our website for the past four or five years. What has changed is that my wife Maria and I have been married for five more years and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I owe my resident classes several homemade pizza/Italian style dinners. I guess in addition to the above, my bio-sketch should now acknowledge my tenure on the AACPD (Association of Anesthesiology Core Program Directors) Counsel as secretary, president-elect, and now president.
As my Bio tells you all about my background, where I came from, and what I have experienced so to give you a thought as to what I bring to our residency program, my letter today is in an attempt to convey what I think sets us apart from perhaps not all but many training programs that you are considering. Over the years, it has become evident that for those applicants, and for that matter many visiting professors, not from Arkansas or the immediate area are not familiar with what the city of Little Rock, UAMS, our Department, or our Residency Program has to offer. I say this, as all appear to walk away with a positive “gut feeling”, voicing accolades, and are appreciative of their visit. The key element, I believe, to all such complements involves the people that our visitors encounter; this human element is what we will attempt to project in our website, videos, open houses, and during the actual interview sessions. The loss of the social, face-to-face interactive aspect of the interview season will stress all programs involved in the Match, but perhaps especially those medical schools with less of a name brand. I will place UAMS in that group, but quickly say that in doing so does not imply that we lack any infrastructure to prepare you for the next phase of your career whether that is a private practice, fellowship, or academia.
My approach to this residency as its program director is to treat all like family and I unapologetically linked that to my Italian-family upbringing. We will get to know you, perhaps more than you would like, as we help you with your academic/clinical challenges and personal struggles, celebrate your successes, and support activities that complement your clinical training. I promise you the very thing stated in our “working mission statement” (i.e., The UAMS Anesthesiology Residency Program is designed to fulfill the educational needs of the individual resident who has chosen a career in anesthesiology, by tailoring a clinical and educational experience that will prepare the resident for the career they have envisioned.), and so hope you will consider joining us in Little Rock for the next stage of your career.
Charles A. Napolitano, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Program Director