Somnia Anesthesia Tapped to Lead New Anesthesia Residency Program

Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center Awarded ACGME Accreditation for Four-Year Program

HARRISON, NY – Following a site visit, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) awarded Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center accreditation to offer six new residency programs, one of which is anesthesiology. The new anesthesiology program will be a collaboration between the teams at Somnia Anesthesia and at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

“We consider it an honor and privilege to have been selected to build and manage St. Joseph’s new anesthesiology residency program,” says Abdalhai Alshoubi, MD, the director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Anesthesiology. “Anesthesia is considered a tough specialty for which to become accredited and working with St. Joe’s, we earned it on the first try and without citations.”

At year four, the program is expected to be at its full four-year compliment of 24 anesthesia residents. The anesthesiology program joins other programs including Transitional Year, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry.

“Once we received board approval for the anesthesiology residency program, we knew who we wanted to help us develop and lead it,” says Dr. Scott Neeley, chief medical officer and DIO at St. Joseph’s. “Having worked with the Somnia team for the past three years we also knew that their commitment to ongoing clinical and professional development aligned with ours.”

As with other anesthesiology residency programs led by Dr. Alshoubi, this department has the goal of developing close relationships with residents to help them become superior clinical physicians who have broad knowledge of medicine and excellent technical skills, and who make informed, mature judgements.

The clinical and executive teams at Somnia Anesthesia, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and Dignity Health agree that the residencies add a forever value to the greater Stockton community. In addition to ensuring long-term stability for services, they contribute to an overall learning environment at St. Joseph’s which not only will make it attractive to other talented physicians, but also will save the hospital funds it can then invest elsewhere.

The new program will consist of a four-year education, which includes one year of non-anesthesia clinical training (Clinical Base Year) and three years of clinical anesthesia training. During the first year, physicians will care for patients in internal medicine, surgery, critical care, and emergency medicine. In the subsequent three years, residents will spend time in critical care rotations, anesthesiology as well as in anesthesiology subspecialties.

Enrollment opportunities are now open to medical school graduates.


About Somnia Anesthesia
Somnia Anesthesia is a national privately held anesthesia-only practice management company established in 1996 and headquartered in Harrison, NY. Our singular focus is on building and managing local anesthesia teams that consistently deliver the highest quality patient care, improve operating room performance, achieve stakeholder satisfaction, enhance patient experiences, embrace evidence-based medicine, and provide value.

About St. Joseph’s Medical Center
A general medical and surgical facility, teaching hospital and member of the Dignity Health network, St. Joseph’s Medical Center is the largest hospital and private employer in Stockton, CA. The not-for-profit 355-bed medical center has more than 2,300 employees, and a physician staff of nearly 900. Annual case volume is 11,800, comprising a mix of general, cardiac, OB, GYN, neuro, plastics, ortho, and podiatry. An award-winning facility, St. Joseph’s has been continually named “most preferred hospital” by consumers in the area.

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