We are so proud of all of our 2022 graduates! We caught up with Joseph AbuRahma, M.D., to hear about his time with us and what is next for him.
Q: Where are you headed to next?
A: I will be staying at UF for my cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship.
Q: What is one highlight of your time in UF’s anesthesiology residency program?
A: This is a very difficult question. These past four years have gone by too fast, and it is very hard to pick a singular highlight. However, I really enjoyed our education month during intern year. Those four weeks were a lot of fun starting to learn anesthesia, have group discussions, and participate in simulations, and it really brought our entire class together.
Q: What are you most grateful to have learned during your residency and how did the UF anesthesiology residency prepare you for your next steps?
A: I am most grateful to have learned how to take care of sick patients safely and effectively. Starting out as a CA-1, I was overwhelmed with how sick the patients at UF were. It didn’t matter if it was a total hip replacement or a coronary bypass: everyone had an extensive medical history. Three years later, I’m proud to have developed the confidence and skill to manage just about any case, and the University of Florida is to thank for that.
Q: What will you miss the most about UF’s anesthesiology residency?
A: Simply, I will miss working with all the faculty the most. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with so many great attendings. Our department has a plethora of anesthesiologists who are incredibly skilled, smart, experienced, and willing teachers. Every day felt like an opportunity to learn, no matter who I was assigned to work with that day. I’m confident that no department could have prepared me more for independent practice than the University of Florida.