Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

Positions are currently filled for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017

Program Goals

We endeavor to train fellows in the art and science of providing excellent, safe, and compassionate peri-operative and pain management clinical care to pediatric patients and their families, and to foster the development of leaders in clinical and academic pediatric anesthesiology.

Venue

Penn State Children's Hospital

  • Large pediatric referral center (over 1 million kids in our referral area)
  • Free-standing Children's Hospital facility
  • 151 total beds
  • PICU (18 beds)
  • NICU (42 beds)
  • Intermediate Care Unit (18 beds)
  • 160,000 outpatient visits/yr
  • Over 12,000 pediatric anesthetics/yr
  • Level 1 Trauma center for Pediatrics

Location

Hershey, Pennsylvania.

  • Experience the uniqueness of training at a major academic medical center in a small town setting. Fifteen minutes from Harrisburg International Airport.
  • 15 min from an Amtrak Station (Middletown).
  • 10 min from Hershey Park!
  • 1 hr 45 min from Philadelphia.
  • 1 hr 30 min from Baltimore

Positions Available

  • Two ACGME accredited fellow position each year

Duration

  • One year (12 months)

Faculty

Sixteen pediatric subspecialty anesthesiologists comprise the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, within the 68-member Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-operative Medicine.

Curriculum Structure

Fellows' clinical experiences are based on monthly rotations in the Operating Rooms, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, Pain, and Pulmonary. (See "Clinical Rotations" and "Case Selection" below)

Our formal didactic curriculum includes weekly fellow-level lectures, as well as departmental functions including Grand Rounds and Case Conferences. (See "Didactics" below)

Fellows engage in a Scholarly Project, for which they are granted copious non-clinical time. (See "Scholarly Project" below)

Fellows participate as Teachers as well as Learners. Our fellows develop and deliver lectures to our residents, and often function as junior attendings, supervising residents in the ORs. (See "Teaching" below)

Educational Goals and Objectives

View more information regarding our formal Educational Goals and Objectives for the fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology.

Clinical Rotations (months)

7 Pediatric Peri-operative Anesthesia, including:

  • ENT
  • General
  • Neonatal
  • Neurosurgery
  • Off-site Anesthesia (MRI, CT, NucMed, IR)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Plastics
  • Transplant
  • Trauma
  • Urology

1½ Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
1 PICU
1 NICU
1 Pediatric Pain & Regional Anesthesia
½ Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Case Selection

Fellows review the OR schedules 1-2 days in advance, and are encouraged to request specific ORs/cases with the most educational benefit for them. In this way, fellows can facilitate their own clinical experiences, and, with the guidance of the program director, ensure that they work with a broad selection of complex pediatric cases.

Our recent fellows have achieved case numbers significantly above 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 6:30 a.m.
  • Anesthesiology Fellows' Lecture Series (6-8 lectures on practical topics)
  • Designed to prepare Fellow for the ABA Pediatric sub-specialty board exam.

Scholarly Project

  • All fellows are required to complete a Scholarly Project
  • Topics can include: Bench research, Clinical research, or QI/QA
  • Mentored by Penn State Hershey faculty
  • Deliverable required (abstract, poster, manuscript, etc.)
  • Non-clinical time is provided (approximately one academic day per week)

Teaching

Each fellow is required to develop and deliver one one-hour lecture to anesthesiology residents.

Fellows are given progressive responsibility in the operating room, as dictated by formal and informal evaluations and assessments. Toward the latter half of the fellowship, most fellows will have the opportunity to supervise residents in the operating room. This allows opportunities to develop supervisory and teaching skills, to facilitate the fellow's transition from trainee to consultant attending.

Overseas Opportunity

Each fellow will be offered the opportunity to participate in an overseas mission trip, providing pediatric anesthesiology services to underserved areas of the world. The trip is taken together with a member of the Hershey Pediatric Anesthesiology faculty, with a typical duration of 10-14 days. Non-clinical time and trip funds are provided by the department.

Resources

  • Fellows' office space
  • Electronic medical record system, including anesthesia records
  • Dedicated ultrasound machine for pediatric regional anesthesia
  • Comprehensive airway equipment:  numerous videolaryngoscopes and fiberoptic laryngoscopes including pediatric & neonatal blades
  • Online university library with electronic journals & texts
  • Physical university anesthesia library with comprehensive pediatric text collection
  • Penn State Hershey Simulation Center

Benefits and Salary

Time Off

  • 3 weeks Vacation
  • 1 week CME time (meetings, etc.)
  • Additional time for presenting posters or talks may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Former Fellows

Fellows graduating from Hershey have taken faculty positions at Penn State Hershey, University of Florida, Children's National Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and private practices.

Application Requirements

  • Completion of Anesthesiology core residency
  • Qualification to enter the American Board of Anesthesiology certification process
  • Successful completion of USMLE 1, 2 and 3.
  • Three reference letters (one from residency program director or chair)
  • Copies of your medical school Dean's Letter and transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Unrestricted Pennsylvania medical license and graduate medical training registration with the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
  • Current DEA certificate
  • Current certification in ACLS and PALS

Interview Process

Following receipt and review of the completed written application from a qualified candidate, the candidate may be invited for a day of formal interviews and tours with the program director and pediatric anesthesiology faculty. This gives the program the opportunity to evaluate the candidate in person, and gives the candidate the opportunity to assess our facilities and meet our faculty, current residents and fellows to discuss the program in detail.

How to Apply

Please click "How to Apply" on the left side of the screen.

Contact Information

Gregory Weller, MD, PhD
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
c/o Linda Sanger
Penn State Hershey Anesthesiology and Peri-operative Medicine
500 University Drive, H187
Hershey, PA  17033
Phone:  717-531-4264
Fax:  717-531-4110
Email:  lsanger@hmc.psu.edu