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Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

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The Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine 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

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.
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Application Overview

Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Eligibility

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

Application Process

Applicants should complete the common program application from the ASRA website and submit the completed form and the supporting documents listed below via the secure Box folder below.

Supporting Documents

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

Submit application and 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.

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Penn State Health

Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.

In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:

  • 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
  • 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
  • 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • 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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Penn State Children’s Hospital

600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • 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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Fellow wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness, with multiple resources readily available.

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Curriculum Details

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 kkirby@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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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.
A group of faculty and participants in the Ninth Annual Ultrasound-Guided Cadaver Course for Regional Anesthesia and Point-of-Care Ultrasound is seen in a May 2019 photo. Dozens of people are standing in the front of a large lecture hall.

Pictured are the faculty and participants in the Ninth Annual Ultrasound-Guided Cadaver Course for Regional Anesthesia and Point-of-Care Ultrasound held in May 2019.

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