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To be a candidate for the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship, the applicant must be completing (or already have completed) an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency. It is expected that the candidate be board-eligible for anesthesiology by the start of the training program.
The mission of the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship is to be patient and student advocates to ascertain excellence in education, patient safety and the alleviation of suffering from surgery and pain.
The program cultivates and sustains a collegial, respectful and nurturing environment of education and scholarship in anesthesia and pain medicine drawing from the expertise and knowledge of individuals from colleagues around the world.
The strategic focus is to conduct education, clinical care and research to enhance patient safety.
The program strives to recruit, retain and develop the very best trainees, faculty and personnel who share the vision of scholarship and patient care relevant to the worldwide anesthesia community.
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The Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Management Fellowship aims to:
- Train fellows to become consultant-level practitioners in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine capable of independent practice.
- Inspire excellence, innovation and dedication to the field of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine.
- Emphasize the institution’s core values of respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.
- Inspire fellows to be lifelong learners.
- Develop the fellow’s leadership skills.
- Promote fellow involvement in the department’s wellness initiatives.
Applications are accepted until the position is filled.
Candidates must be:
- U.S. citizens, permanent residents or J-1 visa holder (no additional visa types are sponsored)
- Board-eligible or board-certified in anesthesiology
- Eligible for a Pennsylvania medical training license
Applicants should complete the common program application from the ASRA website and submit the completed form and the supporting documents listed below via secure Dropbox.
In addition to the application, the following documents should be submitted to the secure Box folder found below:
- Current photo
- Curriculum vitae
- USMLE or COMLEX transcript
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
- Three letters of recommendation
- ISTE scores
- ABA basic exam result
Interviews for the 2021-2022 academic year will take place from February to May 2020.
The fellow will be required to attend all scheduled lectures, simulation sessions and multidisciplinary conferences. More information is available by contacting program coordinator Katelyn Kirby at email@example.com.
- Acute pain management service
- Regional anesthesia
- Adult chronic pain management clinic
- Pre-anesthesia clinic
- Rehabilitation clinic
- Hershey Outpatient Surgical Center (HOSC)
The fellow is required to attend the annual Ultrasound-Guided Cadaver Course for Regional Anesthesia and Point-of-Care Ultrasound held each May. The course is taught by Penn State faculty as well as other faculty from around the United States and Canada.
Objectives for this course include:
- Differentiate ultrasound images of vessels, peripheral nerves, tendons and nerve plexi and be able to discuss methods for improvement of ultrasound images to achieve the most benefit from the technique.
- Describe the benefits of using real-time, ultrasound guidance for regional anesthesia administration, including risk reduction strategies for nerve blocks.
- Demonstrate proficient and appropriate use of ultrasound scanning techniques in identifying specific targets, such as the needle, blood vessels, nerve structures or surrounding organs pertinent to peripheral nerve blocks.
- Develop hands-on nerve scanning skills on live volunteers, as well as hand-eye coordination and needling skills on phantoms, cadavers and anatomic models.
- Define the processes needed to prevent wrong-site nerve blocks and infection associated with single-shot and continuous nerve blocks and vascular catheters; and understand the etiology, prevention and treatment of nerve injury in patients with pre-existing neurologic disease.