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Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship

Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship

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The Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

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Program Details

The Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship is designed to prepare the fellow for a career specializing in providing comprehensive anesthetic care of patients undergoing complicated cardiac and thoracic procedures.

Eligible applicants should have completed an ACGME-approved anesthesiology residency program.

The cardiac anesthesia fellowship is focused on the tutoring of a prospective fellow for the perioperative transesophageal echocardiography examination (PTE). A prospective fellow also will be provided with an opportunity to perform, under appropriate supervision, a number of transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE) sufficient to satisfy the certification criteria of the American Board of Echocardiography in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.

The fellow will be expected to:

  • Perform and read TEEs under supervision of experienced echo cardiographers
  • Participate in the echocardiography conferences given by the departments of cardiology and anesthesiology
  • Teach anesthesia residents and medical students and/or participate in ongoing clinical research projects

The prospective fellow will be assigned to provide cardiothoracic anesthesia under the supervision of the attending cardiac anesthesiologist. Assignments may be individualized according to educational goals through the selection of elective rotations.

The division provides anesthetic care for approximately 500 patients per year. Patients undergo several surgeries including, coronary artery bypass grafting, including off-pump CABG, valve repair and replacement, ventricular assist device implantation, heart transplant surgery and thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs. The team also provides anesthetic care in about 300 complex pediatric cardiac procedures per year.

The division also plays an active role in the cardiac cath lab and hybrid suite, providing anesthetic care for critically ill patients undergoing high-risk procedures such as TAVR implantation, Mitraclip procedures, ICD lead extractions, ablation procedures and Watchman procedures.

By offering this high-quality fellowship program in cardiac anesthesia, it is the goal of the department and the division to train strong future leaders in clinical practice, scientific study and anesthetic education in preparation for an academic or private practice career.

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The mission of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship is to graduate clinically excellent cardiothoracic anesthesiologists who will be future leaders in the field.

The program aims to:

  • Guide the fellow to be a cutting-edge echocardiographer and echo consultant in all aspects of the perioperative care of the CT surgical patient.
  • Inspire excellence, innovation and dedication to the field of cardiothoracic anesthesiology.
  • Emphasize the institution’s core values of respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.
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  • 10 fellow-led journal clubs
  • 10 clinical case reviews
  • 25 lectures (including TEE topics)

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are done in 13 four-week blocks.

  • Eight blocks in the adult cardiothoracic operating rooms
  • One block in the Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit
  • One block in the adult thoracic and vascular operating rooms
  • One block performing TEEs in the operating rooms
  • Two blocks of electives
    • Options include perfusion, blood bank, pediatric CT operating rooms, additional time in a unit or rotation and an off-site rotation at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg (private practice); there is also a research elective, which must be an IRB-approved protocol.
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Candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents or J-1 visa holders (no additional visa types are sponsored)
  • Board-eligible or board-certified in anesthesiology
  • Eligible for a Pennsylvania medical training license

To be considered for a fellowship position, candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited residency in anesthesiology.

All applications must be submitted through SF Match.

Required Supporting Documents

In addition to the SF Match application, the following documents should be submitted to the secure Box folder found below:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • ISTE scores
  • ABA basic exam result

Submit supporting documents here

Interview Process

Due to the 2020-2021 interview restrictions, all interviews will be conducted remotely. All Penn State Health anesthesiology fellowship programs will be using with Thalamus for the upcoming season. All fellowship applications must still be submitted through the secure Box folder found above. Applicants will receive further communication via email and/or Thalamus once applications are received.

Important Dates

  • Jan. 15, 2021: Application deadline
  • TBD: Scheduled interview days
  • June 1, 2021: Rank list deadline
  • June 14, 2021: Match results released
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  • The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
  • The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
  • Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
  • Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
  • More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
  • Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
  • Designated as a Magnet hospital three times

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  • A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
  • Three-floor expansion due to open in 2020
  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
  • Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
  • More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually

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Mailing Address

Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Dr., H187
Hershey, PA  17033

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Fax: 717-531-0826

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