Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program

About the fellowship

Anesthesiology doctors practicing during fellowship The one-year, 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 program, 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. Our educational program changes every year to keep up with changing trends in medicine.

The fellowship consists of:

Clinical experience

Thirteen 4-week rotation blocks, including:

  • Two to three cardiac anesthesiology blocks
  • One block of caring for children with congenital heart disease presenting for non-cardiac surgery
  • One regional anesthesiology block
  • One pediatric difficult airway block
  • One to two acute pain service blocks
  • One pediatric critical care medicine block
  • One half block of ambulatory/remote anesthesiology
  • One supervisory block (“pretending role”)
  • One vacation block (25 days total for vacation and meetings)
  • The remainder of the year in general pediatric anesthesiology 

Educational programming

  • Grand rounds series
  • Fellow didactic series (three days per week)
  • Oral and written board preparation activities
  • Multidisciplinary simulation series
  • Research lecture series
  • Journal club
  • Monthly special fellow dinner conferences
  • Participation in a full-day national Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow Boot Camp, hosted in CHOP’s operating suite each September

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

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 (link to https://www.research.chop.edu/) for more information about investigational programs at CHOP 

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. Justin Lockman 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 Tonya Farmer, Program Coordinator, at FarmerT@email.chop.edu with “International Fellow Applicant” in the subject heading.

How to apply

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia currently participates in the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship NRMP match with 12 fellowship positions available annually. 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 standard one-year pediatric anesthesiology fellowship 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 and CA-1 (and CA-2, if available) ITE scores should be emailed to Ms. Tonya Farmer, education coordinator. If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact Ms. Farmer:

Tonya Farmer
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship & Education Administrative Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Suite 9329
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. Ramesh Kodavatiganti at KodavatigantiR@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 The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Current fellows: 2017-2018

  • Sible Antony, MD — Medical school: George Washington University. Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Priyanka Basak, MD — Medical school: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Residency: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fatimah Habib, MD — Medical school: Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School. Residency: Cooper University Hospital
  • Scott Hayes, MD — Medical school: New York University. Residency: New York University
  • Alicia Henderson, MD — Medical school: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatrics), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Anesthesiology)
  • Christina Iliadis, DO — Medical school: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniel O'Neill, MD — Medical school: University of Pennsylvania. Residency: New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Olga Martins, MD — Medical school: Weill Cornell Medical College. Residency: New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Julia Parzych, MD — Medical school: University of Massachusetts Medical School. Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Andrew Renuart, MD — Medical school: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Residency: University of California – San Diego (Pediatrics), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Anesthesiology)
  • Maricarmen Roche-Rodriguez, MD — Medical school: The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Jordan Ruby, MD — Medical school: George Washington University. Residency: Stanford University Hospital and Clinics

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
Tonya Farmer
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
Justin L. Lockman, MD, MSEd, FAAP
Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Phone: 267-426-0669
Email: lockmanj@email.chop.edu

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