The fellowship consists of:
While clinical rotations must allow flexibility to meet each fellow's educational objectives and the Department's clinical obligations, the year will include seven to eight months in the General ORs during which the fellow will administer anesthetics and supervise junior residents with a faculty anesthesiologist. Rotations on the Pain Management Service (one month), Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (minimum two months) and General Critical Care Service (one month) will round out the year.
During the year, a minimum of 20 non-clinical days will be provided to permit time for academic pursuits. The fellow will be given opportunities to develop an understanding of the resources necessary to provide pediatric anesthesia care in a wide variety of settings. The fellow will be expected to attend and participate in the Departmental Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program. The fellow may also participate in the organization of the fellow and resident call schedule (optional).
The formal didactic program for the fellows includes their participation in the daily 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. core resident lecture/teaching conference during the first two months of the fellowship and in the once weekly pediatric anesthesiology fellow lecture/teaching conference for the remaining ten months of the fellowship. The fellows attend weekly Departmental Grand Rounds and Research Conferences as well as monthly Departmental CQI meetings. Each fellow is expected to develop skills as an educator by teaching residents, medical students and other health professionals; organizing and moderating seminars, case conferences or journal clubs and creating and delivering lectures.
The fellowship year includes 20 weekdays of vacation and five meeting days, preferably taken during General OR months. If necessary, additional time to present papers at scientific meetings may be made available.
The fellow is expected to attend and participate in departmental research conferences. The fellow is also encouraged and supported to contribute to the design, data collection and analysis of a research project.
There is no board examination for pediatric anesthesiology. Former fellows have become pediatric anesthesiology faculty members in academic institutions or secured private practice positions in locations across the United States.