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Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

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The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Penn State College of Medicine is a one-year, ACGME-accredited training program that admits two fellows per year.

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Program Details

The program goals of becoming a Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow are:

  • Our goal is to be pediatric patient and trainee advocates to achieve excellence in education, patient safety, and excellent patient care.
  • We strive to inspire excellence, innovation, and dedication in the field of pediatric anesthesiology.
  • We will become a model pediatric anesthesiology fellowship program, training fellows who are capable of independent subspecialty consultant-level care, and who are able to become leaders in academic and private pediatric anesthesiology.

Aims

We train our fellows to become consultant-level practitioners in pediatric anesthesiology capable of excellent independent practice.

  • Teach skills, knowledge, and practices that foster excellent performance in the clinical and academic arenas.
  • Inspire excellence, innovation, and dedication to the field of pediatric anesthesiology.
  • Maintain outstanding levels of collegiality, professionalism, and teamwork.
  • Emphasize the institution’s core values: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, and Excellence.

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General Application Information

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.

Application requirements

All applicants must:

  • Successfully complete an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency
  • Successfully pass the American Board of Anesthesiology Basic Exam during residency training
  • Be qualified to register for the American Board of Anesthesiology Advanced and Applied certification process
  • Successfully complete USMLE 1, 2 and 3
  • Have current certification in ACLS (it is strongly encouraged for applicants to have current certification in PALS)

Required Supporting Documents

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

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current ISTE scores
  • ABA basic exam results

Submit supporting documents here

Eligibility

Qualified 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

Interview Process

The program reviews all qualified candidates’ completed written applications.

Selected candidates will be invited for a day of formal interviews and tours with the program director, a current pediatric anesthesiology fellow and pediatric anesthesiology faculty.

This gives the program a chance to evaluate the candidate in person and the candidate a chance to assess the facilities and learn about the program from faculty and current residents and fellows.

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Mailing Address

Gregory Weller, MD, PhD
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
c/o Katelyn Kirby, Fellowship Coordinator
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Dr., H187
Hershey, PA  17033

General Contact Information

Phone: 717-531-6489

Fax: 717-531-0826

Email: kkirby@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Curriculum Details

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Curriculum structure for Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows

Fellows’ clinical experiences are based on monthly rotations in these departments:

  • ORs
  • PICU
  • NICU
  • Pain
  • Pulmonary (See “Clinical Rotations” and “Case Selection” below.)

Our formal didactic curriculum includes:

  • Weekly fellow-level lectures
  • Departmental functions that include Grand Rounds and Case Conferences. (See “Didactics” below.)

As a fellow, you’ll:

  • Engage in a Scholarly Project, for which you’ll be allowed a large amount of non-clinical time. (See “Scholarly Project” below.)
  • Take part as a teacher as well as a learner. Our fellows develop and give lectures to our residents. They also often function as junior attendings, and oversee residents in the ORs. (See “Teaching” below.)

Educational goals and objectives for pediatric anesthesia fellows

Our curriculum and objectives are designed to provide a broad exposure to the peri-operative management of all elements of anesthesiology relating to the care of neonatal and pediatric patients, including, but not limited to preoperative evaluation and assessment, intra-operative management of simple and complex patients and cases, postoperative management, pain management and neonatal and pediatric critical care.

Structured didactic lectures, self-directed learning, grand round conference, teaching opportunities and an academic project will supplement the clinical experience. Intra-operative teaching in the operating room is the mainstay of all didactics and performance assessment of our pediatric anesthesiology fellowship.

Clinical rotations (months) for fellows

Seven Pediatric Peri-Operative Anesthesia months including cases in:

  • ENT
  • General
  • Neonatal
  • Neurosurgery
  • Off-site Anesthesia (MRI, CT, NucMed, IR)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Plastics
  • Transplant
  • Trauma
  • Urology
    • 1½ – 2 ½ months Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
    • 1 month PICU
    • 1 month NICU
    • 1 month Pediatric Pain & Regional Anesthesia
    • ½ month Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Case selection for our Fellows

  • Fellows review the OR schedules one to two days in advance.
  • They’re encouraged to ask for specific ORs/cases that offer the best educational value for them. This way, fellows can advance their own clinical growth.
  • Guided by the program director, they can also make sure they work with a broad range of complex pediatric cases.

Our recent fellows have achieved case numbers that are much higher than the national fellow averages for most types of cases (“index cases”).

Didactics

  • Pediatric Fellows’ Lecture Series (weekly, fellow-level, covers entire ACGME curriculum)
  • Grand Rounds, Thursdays at 6:30 a.m.
  • Anesthesiology Fellows’ Lecture Series (six to eight lectures on practical topics)
  • Designed to prepare Fellows for the ABA Pediatric sub-specialty board exam
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow Simulation Sessions

The scholarly project

  • All fellows must complete a Scholarly Project
  • Topics can include: bench research, clinical research or QI/QA
  • Projects are mentored by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center faculty
  • Deliverable is required (abstract, poster, manuscript, etc.)
  • Non-clinical time is offered (about one academic day per week)

Teaching

Each fellow must develop and give one one-hour lecture to anesthesiology residents.

  • Fellows are given more responsibility in the ORs over time. This is decided by formal and informal assessments.
  • Toward the end of the fellowship, most fellows will have the chance to supervise residents in the ORs.
  • This presents chances to:
    • Build management and teaching skills
    • Help the fellow move from trainee to consultant attending

Overseas opportunities for Fellows

Each fellow will have the chance to join in an overseas mission trip. The purpose of the trip is to offer pediatric anesthesiology services to areas of the world that don’t get the health care they need.

The trip:

  • Is joined by a member of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Pediatric Anesthesiology faculty
  • Usually lasts 10 to 14 days
  • Includes non-clinical time and trip funds provided by the department

Resources for Fellows

  • Fellows’ office space
  • Electronic medical record system, which includes anesthesia records
  • Dedicated ultrasound machine for pediatric regional anesthesia
  • Comprehensive airway equipment:
    • A number of videolaryngoscopes
    • Fiberoptic laryngoscopes that include pediatric and neonatal blades
  • Online university library with journals and texts
  • Physical university anesthesia library with a complete pediatric text collection
  • Penn State Simulation Center

Time off

You’ll receive:

  • Three weeks’ vacation
  • One week of CME time (meetings, etc.)
  • Added time for presenting posters or talks (allowed on a case-by-case basis)

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