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Fellowship Programs

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship

Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship

Hepatic Transplantation Anesthesiology Fellowship

NeuroAnesthesiology Fellowship

Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Orthopedic Anesthesiology Fellowship

Pain Medicine Fellowship

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship

Research Fellowships


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Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship [top]

The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh offers world-class opportunities for advanced training in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology. The adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology service provides anesthetic care for approximately 1,500 adult cardiac surgical procedures per year at UPMC Presbyterian. At least three one-year positions are available each year.

Clinical Experience
Cases encountered on the adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology service span the entire range of cardiac surgical practice. UPMC is a world leader in heart and lung transplantation, and fellows gain substantial expertise in the management of these challenging procedures, in addition to removal of ventricular assist devices as a bridge to transplantation and the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for short-term support after lung transplantation. Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellows also develop expertise in the management of common cardiac surgical procedures such as coronary bypass (including a variety of minimally invasive techniques), valve replacement and repair, thoracic aortic reconstruction, arrhythmia ablation, and pulmonary thromboendarterectomy.

A busy thoracic anesthesia service is staffed by a closely related group of UPMC faculty, offering a rich resource for fellows who wish to enhance their experience managing patients undergoing thoracic surgery.

Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to gain expertise in pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesia during a three-month rotation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP). Fellows interested in this option should make it known at the time of their application, so that they may visit CHP during their visit to Pittsburgh.

Intraoperative Echocardiography
Intraoperative echocardiography is used to monitor every patient undergoing cardiac surgery at UPMC. The Department of Anesthesiology supports a very active Intraoperative Echocardiography Service, with substantial equipment resources and rapport with the Cardiology Division. Intraoperative echocardiography has been a fruitful area of research for faculty and trainees at UPMC. Adult Cardiothoracic Fellows will gain extensive experience in the clinical use of intraoperative transesophageal echo, and all fellows rotate for one month in the echocardiography lab. All intraoperative echo exams are reviewed with a cardiologist at the joint weekly conference.

Educational Program
The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Service supports a monthly subspecialty conference, in addition to the department’s very full schedule of didactic lectures, journal clubs, case conferences, research conferences, and Grand Rounds.

Research Opportunities
The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology faculty have a national profile in research. Foci of special expertise include mechanisms of myocardial ischemia and functional properties of ischemic myocardium; intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography; anesthesia for lung transplantation; anesthesia for endovascular cardiac surgery; muscle relaxants; and mechanisms of anesthetic action.

Application Process
Anesthesiology residents who will have completed their CA-3 year by the start of the fellowship are encouraged to apply at least six months before their projected start date.

Application Process
The qualifications for the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview. A minimum of three letters of recommendation from senior faculty, preferably those who have worked with the trainee performing cardiac anesthesiology is required for this program. This program participates in the San Francisco Match (www.sfmatch.org). Please register with the match to be considered for an interview.

Fellowship Application

For further information, please contact:
Erin A. Sullivan, MD
Director, Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
200 Lothrop St., PUH C-224
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 647-3262
Fax: (412) 647-6290
sullivanea@anes.upmc.edu

 


Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship [top]

The Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship is open to individuals who have successfully completed a four-year residency in anesthesiology and are board eligible or certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) or have completed an accredited program in Canada.  As required by the ABA, the duration of the fellowship is one year.  An optional second year of research is possible (please refer to the Department of Critical Care Medicine website for research fellowship opportunities).

Surgical specialty ICUs include: cardiothoracic, trauma/general surgery, neurosurgical, obstetric, liver and abdominal visceral transplantation, and general pre- and postoperative surgical critical care.   Elective rotations may include echocardiography, radiology, nephrology, infectious diseases and general medical, coronary care, and surgical specialty ICUs. 

Please visit the Department of Critical Care Medicine’s Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine fellowship page for further information and application.  The fellowship training program also offers two parallel research opportunities in either the Department of Critical Care Medicine Research Program or the Department of Anesthesiology Research Program.

Application Process
The qualifications for the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program in by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview.

For further information, please contact:
A. Murat Kaynar, MD, MPH
Director, Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3550 Terrace Street
Scaife Hall - Room 639
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Phone: (412) 647-7980
Fax: (412) 647-8060
Email:   kaynarm@upmc.edu


Hepatic Transplantation Anesthesiology Fellowship [top]

The Hepatic Transplantation Anesthesiology (HTA) Fellowship position is available at UPMC Presbyterian, a leading center of organ transplantation with an annual caseload of more than 200 transplants of the liver, small bowels, pancreas, and multiviscera. The HTA team is comprised of uniquely qualified anesthesiologists who pioneered and developed the field of transplantation anesthesiology, including founding of the International Liver Transplantation Society. This fellowship program provides a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing perioperative care, with ample research opportunities, with collaboration of colleagues in surgery, hematology, and critical care medicine. By the end of the training year, fellows achieve sufficient qualification to become a Director of HTA in other major medical centers, thus joining the vast alumni of this highly successful fellowship program.

Clinical Experience
The objectives of the one- or two-year fellowships include clinical, education, and research components. The clinical program emphasizes a comprehensive perioperative approach. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the weekly preoperative evaluation of the candidates at the Outpatient Clinic, intraoperative anesthetic care, and postoperative visits. They are expected to participate in the Monday HTA Morbidity and Mortality Conference for extensive discussion of candidates, perioperative care of patients, and other clinical evaluation. The program also can be tailored to meet special goals and needs, such as pediatric HTA and critical care. The teaching program is supported by five attending anesthesiologists with a great depth of expertise in evaluation of liver transplantation candidates, including those with central nervous system, cardiopulmonary system, renal system, and coagulation defects. During a one-year experience, the fellow will participate in more than 50 cases of liver transplantation.

Educational Program
Our educational program consists of a didactic a curriculum with a dedicated manual, overseen by faculty members on the HTA service, covering preparation, assessment, and management of each organ’s function. The process continues with extensive discussion of each case at the Monday HTA Morbidity and Mortality Conference. This format allows fellows to gain in-depth knowledge of organ transplantation. In addition, Fellows are encouraged to participate in education of junior residents and student nurse anesthetists at UPMC Presbyterian.

Research Opportunities
Our research program encourages HTA Fellows to participate in on-going or newly developed investigative projects. Substantial departmental financial and intellectual support is available with clinical or basic projects, and fellows are expected to be able to present research abstract at national or international liver transplant-oriented meetings.

Application Process
The qualifications for the HTA Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview.

Fellowship Application

For further information, please contact:
Raymond M. Planinsic, MD
Director of Hepatic Transplantation Anesthesiology
c/o Barb Chismar, Project Manager
UPP Department of Anesthesiology
3471 Fifth Avenue, Suite 910
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
chismarbn@upmc.edu
Phone (412) 692-4503
FAX (412) 692-4515

 


Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship [top]

UPMC Presbyterian (PUH) has an extraordinarily busy neurosurgical service, performing over 4,000 cases per year. This translates into six to seven neurosurgical operating rooms daily. In addition, anesthesia support is occasionally requested in interventional neuroradiology, or for other diagnostic studies. Over 3,000 cases involve neurophysiologic monitoring. A wide variety of cases are performed: spine and spinal cord work, surgical for carotid artery disease and intracranial vascular disease, microvascular decompression on cranial nerves, and a broad variety of tumor surgery and skull base work, much involving stereotactic or image guidance, and trauma neurosurgery. Pediatric neurosurgery is performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP).

In addition to adult neurosurgical cases at PUH, fellowship rotations include neurophysiologic monitoring, neuroradiology, neurosurgical intensive care, and pediatric neuroanesthesiology at CHP. Research activities in neuroanesthesiology, brain resuscitation, and neurosurgical critical care continue to expand. Opportunities exist for collaborative work with members of the department of Neurological Surgery, work within the Safar Center of Resuscitation Research, or with members of the neuroanesthesiology division at PUH. The division director is working on an NIH grant involving functional MR imaging.

There are monthly neuroanesthesiology division meetings at PUH, as part of the weekly PUH anesthesiology conferences. Anesthesiology Grand Rounds are held weekly. Additionally, there are weekly stroke conferences and the neurosurgical department meetings, including morbidity and mortality.

Didactics focus heavily on intraoperative teaching, although non-clinical time is scheduled for academic pursuits, and a broad range of reference materials are available within the department. As the fellows progress, they will also contribute to the teaching of the CA1-3 residents who rotate on the neuroanesthesiology service.

Clinical excellence in providing neuroanesthesiology care is the first goal of the fellowship. Individuals interested in developing teaching and research skills will have ample opportunity to do so. On completion of the neuroanesthesiology fellowship, the anesthesiologist will be ready to enter academic practice or assume a leadership position in neuroanesthesiology within a non-academic group.

Application Process
The qualifications for the Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview.

Fellowship Application

For further information please contact:
Steve L.Whitehurst, MD
Program Director, Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship
UPMC Presbyterian
Anesthesiology C-Wing
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone  (412) 647-3262
whitehurstsl@anes.upmc.edu



Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship [top]

The Department of Anesthesiology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC (MWH) offers a CA-IV Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesiology. MWH is one of the leading Womancare Centers in the country, with more than 9,000 obstetric deliveries annually. The program offers the fellow participation in state-of-the-art anesthetic care of low- and high-risk obstetrical patients, as well as opportunities in clinical and basic science research in the discipline. A strong Maternal Fetal Medicine Division, together with Magee-Womens Research Institute, further enhances training. The fellowship year may be tailored to individual needs by combining obstetric anesthesiology with clinical and research experience in other subspecialties (e.g. neuroanesthesiology, cardiac, pain, pediatrics, and transplantation).

Application Process
The qualifications for the Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview.

Fellowship Application

For further information, please contact:
Patricia Dalby, MD
Director, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship
Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone (412) 641-4260
FAX (412) 641-4766
dalbypl@upmc.edu



Orthopedic Anesthesiology Fellowship [top]

The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide an advanced training to residents in orthopedic anesthesiology, a subspecialty of anesthesiology. This clinical training will include clinical training in orthopedic anesthesiology, acute pain and rehabilitation, along with research activities and educational curricula. Program length is one year. Fellows receive the following training:

  • 1 month for training in anesthesiology and acute postoperative pain in orthopedic trauma
  • 2 months for training in anesthesiology and acute postoperative pain in joint replacement
  • 1 month for training in anesthesiology and acute postoperative pain in orthopedic oncology
  • 1 month for training in anesthesiology and acute postoperative pain in pediatric orthopedics
  • 1 month for training in anesthesiology and acute postoperative pain in anesthesia and acute postoperative pain in chronic pain related to orthopedic surgery
  • 2 months for training in anesthesiology and acute postoperative pain in sport medicine related surgery
  • 2 months for training in anesthesiology and acute postoperative pain in spine surgery
  • 2 months for an elective for additional training in any of the sub-specialty of orthopedic surgery or research

This fellowship listing should contain the following application information and a copy of the application form:

For consideration a completed application consisting of the following must be received:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current CV
  • USMLE Scores for Steps 1, 2, 3
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Copy of Dean's Letter and Medical Student Transcript
  • Copy of most recent in-training examination
  • Copy of ECFMG Certification (if applicable)

Application Process
The qualifications for the Orthopedic Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview.

Fellowship Application

Materials may be addressed to Dr. Jacques Chelly as follows:
Jacques E. Chelly, MD, PhD, MBA
c/o Barb Chismar, Project Manager
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh
3471 Fith Avenue, Suite 910 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
chismarbn@upmc.edu
Fax: 412-692-4515



Pain Medicine Fellowship [top]

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology offers an ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. Physicians who have completed their residencies may apply for a one-year fellowship, starting in July. The Pain Medicine Fellowship program is a truly multidisciplinary program with services ranging from pain rehabilitation to interventional therapies, affording the fellows opportunities to learn from work with psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and pain medicine physicians from other disciplines including neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. Productive research is encouraged and supported.  We strongly encourage applications from individuals interested in conducting pain-related research during and/or after the completion of the fellowship.  An important objective of the program is to attract individuals with an interest in developing an academic career.

Application Process
The qualifications for the Pain Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview.

Click here to go to the Pain Fellowship section of the UPMC Pain Medicine website.

For further information, please contact:
Scott Brancolini, MD, MPH
Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
c/o Renee’ Craig, Fellowship Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
UPP Department of Anesthesiology
Kaufmann Medical Building
3471 Fifth Avenue, Suite 910
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 692-4528
FAX: (412) 692-4515
craigrd@upmc.edu

 


Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship [top]

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is designed to further develop clinical expertise in caring for neonates, infants, children, and adolescents undergoing a wide variety of surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures. There are approximately 30,000 anesthetics performed yearly at the Children’s Hospital sites. It is among the oldest and most successful fellowships of its kind in America and it is one of the first Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowships to receive ACGME accreditation. Nine one-year positions are available each year.

Clinical Experience
In addition to the routine pediatric surgical patients, the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow will be expected to master the anesthetic care of complicated pediatric patients undergoing repair of orthopedic, neurologic, urologic, plastic, and general surgical pathologies. The fellow will also be exposed to pediatric patients with organ failure undergoing transplantation and non-transplantation procedures. The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow will develop expertise in critical perioperative pediatric care, pediatric advanced life support, invasive monitoring and pediatric pain management during subspecialty rotations on the Acute Pain Medicine Service, Congenital Cardiac Service, and The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Fellows will be involved in emergency room and intraoperative management of the pediatric trauma patient. Specifically, the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow will understand the airway management needs of such patients, as well as gain familiarity with resuscitation of pediatric trauma patients.

Educational Program
The fellow will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the developmental, pharmacological, anatomic, physiologic, and psychological changes that occur with age and disease. The didactic component of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship program consists of lectures, seminars, departmental conferences, and bedside teaching. The lecture series consists of daily 30-minute morning conferences. In addition to these morning conferences, a weekly seminar is held to further explore topics in pediatric anesthesiology. These seminars are one hour in duration and are conducted by faculty from the anesthesiology, pediatric, and surgery departments. There is also a monthly morbidity and mortality conference.

Research Opportunities
Participation in clinical or laboratory research is optional but it is highly encouraged. For those interested in clinical or laboratory research, individual research experiences can be arranged.

Application Process
Anesthesiology residents interested in the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship are encouraged to apply. The qualifications for the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application and interview, fellows will be selected and ranked by a review committee. A minimum of three letters of recommendation one from the Residency Program Director is required for this program. Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (www.nrmp.org). Please register with the match to be considered for an interview.

Application materials

  • Completed Pediatric Fellowship Application (PDF)
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one must be from the anesthesiology program director)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Dean's letter
  • All of your ABA In-Training exam scores
  • USMLE

Selection Time Line
November: applications accepted
April: interviews start (9-10 days scheduled through September)
August: application acceptance stops
September: interviews stop
October: match

For further information, please contact:
Franklyn P. Cladis, MD
Program Director
c/o Patricia Klein
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Department of Anesthesiology - Suite 5643
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone (412) 692-7341
cladfp@upmc.edu

 


Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship [top]

The Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship Program consists of 12 months of subspecialty training for qualified physicians who have completed an accredited Anesthesiology residency. Preference is given to mature individuals with interest in regional anesthesiology, a sub-specialty focused on the perioperative management of patients receiving neuraxial or peripheral neural blockade for anesthesia or analgesia. Fellowship training is concerned with the development of expertise in the practice and theory of regional anesthesiology and acute pain management techniques, and the understanding of the related physiology and pharmacology in the provision of patient care. Faculty of the Regional Anesthesiology/Acute Pain Medicine division select fellows on the basis of written applications, academic records, documented performance, and interviews. Further information is available upon request.

This fellowship listing should contain the following application information and a copy of the application form:

For consideration a completed application consisting of the following must be received:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current CV
  • USMLE Scores for Steps 1, 2, 3
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Copy of Dean's Letter and Medical Student Transcript
  • Copy of most recent in-training examination
  • Copy of ECFMG Certification (if applicable)

Application Process
The qualifications for the Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application, fellows will be selected by a review committee on the basis of letters of reference and the interview.

Fellowship Application

Materials may be addressed to Dr. Jacques Chelly as follows:
Jacques E. Chelly, MD, PhD, MBA
c/o Barb Chismar, Project Manager
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh
3471 Fith Avenue, Suite 910 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
chismarbn@upmc.edu
Fax: 412-692-4515