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The one-year (12-month) Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program is designed as a comprehensive educational and clinical training program to provide graduates the clinical expertise, scholarly experience, team leadership skills, and supervisory proficiency expected of consultants and leaders in the field of pediatric cardiac anesthesiology.
The experienced 10-member faculty in the Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiology is dedicated to the clinical care, education and research related to patients with congenital heart disease and critical pulmonary hypertension. The unique complexity and acuity of our patient population exposes the advanced fellow to an unmatched training opportunity.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, we performed 3,000 anesthetics, including 625 operations with cardiopulmonary bypass, 16 heart transplants, nine lung transplants, among other advanced procedures. We care for one of the largest populations of children with single ventricle physiology nationwide, providing trainees with an unmatched learning opportunities.
A major component of the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship is geared toward supervised clinical care of cardiac surgical patients of increasing complexity and progression to independent practice.
Clinical areas of rotation will include cardiac surgical operating rooms, catheterization and electrophysiological laboratories, diagnostic imaging suites, and the general operating rooms providing anesthesia care for non-cardiac surgical procedures in children with congenital heart disease (repaired or unrepaired).
In addition, the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia fellow will be given the opportunity to participate in emergency procedures, including cardiac and lung transplantations, in order to provide a comprehensive training experience.
The Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia fellow will be exposed to unique aspects of the Cardiac surgical program at CHOP, which includes:
The advanced fellowship will include clinical rotations in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU, 1 month). The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is staffed by intensivists with pediatric cardiology and pediatric anesthesia backgrounds.
The clinical rotation is intended to provide further experience in the perioperative medical and surgical management of children with congenital heart disease. The fellow will be involved in bedside care of critically ill children, transitions of perioperative patients between operating room and CICU, and Cardiac Critical Care didactic conferences.
Other learning opportunities:
A rather unique concept of our program is the clinical rotation in General Anesthesia operating rooms. The advanced fellow will function in the capacity of attending anesthesiologist. The intent is to provide clinical and consultant experience supervising fellows and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and to occasionally function as an independent practitioner.
The advanced fellow, program director and division chief will periodically review progress in the program to identify opportunities for providing additional clinical experiences and modification of clinical assignments.
The Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship does not have a mandatory call schedule.
As a future consultant in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, the advanced fellow will be provided with one dedicated day every week for academic pursuits. Other educational opportunities include:
Formal career mentoring will be provided; other opportunities include:
Clinical research during this limited time fellowship year is beyond the scope and not mandatory. Motivated fellows may choose to participate in current ongoing projects. However, Fellows are encouraged to complete a scholarly academic project (clinical case report, PBLD) worth presenting at departmental grand rounds or a national meeting.
All benefits for the advanced fellowship are commensurate with the appropriate level of fellowship training year set forth by the CHOP GME offices.
The package includes: medical, dental, vision benefits, vacation/meeting time, PE (professional expense account).
All applications should include the following:
Thank you for your interest in our program. For additional questions, please contact:
Program Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program
Ramesh Kodavatiganti, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine