Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program

About the fellowship

Anesthesiology doctors practicing during fellowship The ACGME-accredited Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program is designed to provide a comprehensive clinical experience that will allow trainees to acquire and maintain knowledge, psychomotor skills and attitudes necessary to become perioperative consultants in pediatric anesthesiology. Moreover, our program includes a broad educational curriculum, integrated with simulation training, to ensure that graduates gain the scholarly experience, team leadership skills, and supervisory experience expected of future leaders in the field of pediatric anesthesiology.

Our graduates include many of the top clinicians, recognized educators, and scientific investigators around the nation and the world. True to our spirit of innovation, our educational program changes every year to keep up with changing trends in medicine.

Several training pathways are offered at CHOP, including the standard 12-month training pathway and beginning in 2020, two separate 24-month tracks (the Academic Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Track and the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Track). The initial 12 months of training for each of these training options includes the following:

Clinical experience

Thirteen 4-week rotation blocks, including:

  • Three cardiac anesthesiology blocks, including one integrated block of caring for children with congenital heart disease presenting for non-cardiac surgery
  • One regional anesthesiology block
  • One pediatric difficult airway block
  • One acute pain service block
  • One pediatric critical care medicine block
  • One half block of ambulatory/remote anesthesiology
  • One supervisory block (“pretending role”)
  • One quarter block of central venous access exposure in Interventional Radiology
  • One vacation block (up to 25 days total for vacation and meetings)
  • The remainder of the year in general pediatric anesthesiology 

Educational programming

  • Fellow didactic series, including lecture-based sessions, problem-based learning, and hands-on simulation skill training
  • Oral and written board preparation activities
  • On rotation cardiac and PICU didactic sessions
  • Grand Rounds series
  • Professional Development series
  • Multidisciplinary simulation series
  • Research lecture series
  • Journal club
  • Participation in two full-day national Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow Boot Camps, hosted in CHOP’s operating suite each September and Hopkins each May

Career preparation

  • Formal career mentoring
  • Exposure to multiple diverse exciting pediatric research opportunities
  • Participation in departmental continuous quality improvement activities
  • Didactic teaching and clinical supervisory experience for all fellows
  • Preparation for lifelong learning in pediatric anesthesiology
  • Participation in an annual fellowship retreat for career planning and life-skills development
  • Monthly academic non-clinical time to support completion of academic projects

The CHOP Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program meets or exceeds all of the requirements for Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Education established by the ACGME. Additionally, our fellows benefit from exposure to unique aspects of our program, including:

Surgical experience

  • Fetal and intrapartum surgery
  • Surgical procedures on ECMO
  • Organ transplantation program (kidney, liver, heart, lung, and heart-lung)
  • International leadership in care of the infant with congenital heart disease

Research

  • Over $221 Million in external funding for 2015, which resulted in over 1600 publications from CHOP that year and over 1700 publications in 2016
  • Our departmental expert medical informatics group created the free PediCrisis app, endorsed by the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
  • All fellows are expected to complete a scholarly project in research, medical education, quality improvement, patient safety, or another field prior to graduation.
  • Visit the CHOP Research Institute for more information about investigational programs at CHOP 

Two year fellowship tracks

New in 2020, our department will be offering two separate 24-month tracks for those individuals interested in preparing for a career in either academic pediatric anesthesia or cardiac anesthesia.

Fellows participating in each of these training pathways will experience a similar 12-month intensive training in pediatric anesthesia, including the same rotations, educational curriculum, and research exposure as the traditional 12-month fellows. To lay the foundation for a robust academic experience, during the initial part of the first year of their fellowship, trainees in the 24-month tracks are given 4 weeks of dedicated academic time with customized “round robin” exposure to multiple mentors, experiences, and projects based on individual academic areas of interest. By the end of the first year of training, individuals in these tracks will have committed to a project and mentor and will be ready to build on their academic pursuits more fully during the second year. 

Academic Pediatric Anesthesiology Track

The Academic Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Track is suited for those interested in developing a career in academic pediatric anesthesiology. The possibilities for academic involvement are vast and may include clinical or basic science research, quality improvement, patient safety, medical education, global health or other important academic missions. Following the first year of rigorous clinical pediatric anesthesia training (including the additional 4 weeks of academic non-clinical time), the second year of training includes 6 months of additional academic time to work in-depth on the fellow’s chosen mentored project. The remaining 6 months are spent as an attending anesthesiologist in general pediatric anesthesia, with salary supplemented to reflect this role as well as the fellow’s additional time commitment. The ideal candidate for this pathway would start the fellowship with an academic interest already identified, and will have the opportunity to benefit from world expert mentors in that field to help develop and define the project. The ideal candidate would also be interested in academic pediatric anesthesia for their career long-term.

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Track

For those considering pediatric cardiac anesthesiology as a career, an additional 2-year training track exists to give the fellow both the rigorous clinical training necessary to excel in his/her career, as well as an academic experience highly sought after for top centers like CHOP and others. Following the ACGME-accredited first year of clinical pediatric anesthesia training (including the additional 4 weeks of academic non-clinical time), the second year of training includes 36 weeks of dedicated clinical cardiac anesthesia fellowship time where the fellow will build upon the clinical skills learned during cardiac exposure during the first year of training in CHOP’s world renowned cardiac center. The remainder of the year includes 12 weeks of additional academic time to pursue longitudinal in-depth mentored projects as well as 4 weeks of time functioning as an attending anesthesiologist in general pediatric anesthesia, with salary supplemented to reflect this role as well as the fellow’s additional time commitment.

For those interested in either of these unique innovative training options, we invite you to investigate our team members and some of their relevant academic interests on our website. In addition to the wealth of expertise within our department, there are countless experts at CHOP outside of our department – with over 1700 publications per year from CHOP – so if your personal academic interest is multidisciplinary, please contact our team to discuss further options for academic mentoring.

Other opportunities

Advanced Second Year Fellowships are available to both CHOP and non-CHOP fellows (see "how to apply" below), including:

  • Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship
  • Pediatric Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Management

Combined training in pediatrics and anesthesiology is possible for interested candidates. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Black for information about these programs. 

International Fellowship Option: For physicians who trained outside of North America/International Medical Graduates, CHOP offers one (1) position annually for a 24-month Advanced Academic Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship that includes both an in-depth clinical experience as well as academic exposure for career advancement. Candidates should have the following prerequisites/requirements in place or planned as part of the application process:

  • Board eligibility or (preferably) board certification in the home country in general anesthesiology, or the equivalent
  • Completion of USMLE examinations with acceptable scores
  • Completion of ECFMG certification
  • Must be eligible for J-1 or other U.S. Visa
  • Pennsylvania medical license
  • Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or equivalent
  • Completion of the Common Application for Fellowship In Pediatric Anesthesiology. Please note that this application is solely for international fellow applicants; US-based applicants should apply through ERAS as indicated above.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including at least one from a current employer or current program director

Applicants must be aware that completion of this International Fellowship Option does not provide American Board of Anesthesiology eligibility; and without completion of residency training in the United States, they will be ineligible for work in the U.S. following completion of training. This option is designed for career development and clinical training for physicians planning to return to their home country after 24 months. Interested applicants should email Sharese Garvin, Program Coordinator, at apply.pedanesfellow@email.chop.edu with “International Fellow Applicant” in the subject heading.

How to apply

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia currently participates in the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship NRMP match with up 12 fellowship positions available annually (including 2 spots each for the 2-year Academic Pediatric Anesthesiology Track and the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Track). In general, fellowship education at CHOP begins on August 1 of the year following the match. For candidates with special circumstances, variable start dates may be negotiated.

All applications for the pediatric anesthesiology fellowship (both traditional one year and two year options) are through ERAS (ACGME Program ID #0424131044), the online application service of the AAMC, and are accepted each year until May 15. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the program director and uploaded through the ERAS system.

Please note that, per the instructions listed on the ERAS website, Basic examination scores should be emailed to Ms. Sharese Garvin, the Fellowship Program Coordinator. ITE scores (CA-1 and CA-2, if available) may be requested in specific circumstances but are not required unless requested. If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact Ms. Garvin:

Sharese Garvin
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship & Education Administrative Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Suite M905
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Phone: 215-590-4557
Fax: 215-590-1415
Email: apply.pedanesfellow@email.chop.edu

Applications for CHOP Advanced Second Year Fellowships are accepted from both CHOP and non-CHOP pediatric anesthesiology fellows between September 1 and November 30 each academic year, to begin the subsequent academic year. These fellowships utilize the SPA "Application for Advanced Second Year Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology," available by clicking on the Common Advanced Fellowship Application link (bottom of the page) on the SPA website.

  • Applications for Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship should be emailed directly to Dr. Ana Maria Manrique at manriquea@email.chop.edu.
  • Applications for Pediatric Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Management Fellowship should be emailed directly to Dr. F. Wickham Kraemer at kraemer@email.chop.edu.

Additionally, acceptance into any CHOP anesthesiology fellowship is conditional upon the following:

  • Successful completion of your core residency in anesthesiology.
  • Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) prior to arrival for fellowship.
  • An unrestricted Pennsylvania medical license and graduate medical training registration with the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. (Required once accepted into the fellowship).
  • Compliance with all Human Resources policies established by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014, will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Current fellows: 2019-2020

  • Lenard Babus: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Medical School), The Mount Sinai Hospital (Residency)
  • Sally Dawood: University of Alexandria (Medical School), Drexel University College of Medicine (Residency)
  • Tristan Levey: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Medical School), University of Chicago (Residency)
  • Katherine Loh: Emory University School of Medicine (Medical School),  New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell (Residency)
  • Asha Nookala: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine (Medical School), Mayo Clinic (Residency)
  • Mihir Parikh: Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Medical School), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Residency)
  • Sindu Samba: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (Medical School), University of Michigan (Residency)
  • Kumaran Senthil: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Medical School), University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Residency)
  • Andrea StCyr: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (Medical School), Tufts Medical Center (Residency)
  • Petrus Steyn: University of Stellenbosch (Medical School), Temple University Hospital (Residency)
  • Kathleen Sullivan: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Medical School), New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell (Residency)
  • Anna Zheng: American University of the Caribbean (Medical School), Boston Medical Center (Residency)

Contact

We appreciate your interest in our programs and we hope you found the information on this website helpful. More importantly, we welcome any questions about the program at any time, and we look forward to meeting you!

Program Coordinator
Sharese Garvin
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship & Education Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 215-590-4557
Fax: 215-590-1415
Email: apply.pedanesfellow@email.chop.edu

Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Stephanie A. Black, MD, EdM
Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Phone: 215-590-1858
Email: black@email.chop.edu

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Laura A. Petrini, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Phone: 215-590-5145
Email: PetriniL@email.chop.edu