Perioperative Administration Fellowship

The Perioperative Administrative Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital is a 12-month training program that prepares individuals for perioperative administration in a large health care system.

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The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a Perioperative Administration Fellowship, which trains board-eligible and board-certified anesthesiologists in the growing field of perioperative administration. Fellows receive formal, hands-on training in the management of all aspects of the perioperative environment, particularly within a large health care system.

Fellows interact with and learn from a variety of clinical and hospital leaders at Mass General, including clinicians and administrators in the Perioperative Services Administration and the DACCPM. Additionally, fellows work with faculty from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

The fellowship aims to help fellows develop leadership skills, as well as expertise in the areas of financial management and systems operations. The broad-based, comprehensive curriculum emphasizes key perioperative challenges, such as patient flow, manpower optimization and materials management in the perioperative environment. While the focus is to gain an understanding of these issues in quaternary hospital systems, opportunities exist for additional training in outpatient ambulatory surgery center management in affiliated ambulatory settings. 

Under faculty mentorship, fellows develop a research project in the field of perioperative administration. Fellows are encouraged to think critically and are responsible for conducting, publishing and presenting their research. In addition, the faculty involve fellows in aspects of ongoing research projects.

Program Requirements

The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine follows all minimum selection criteria as delineated in the Institutional Policy on Selection (PDF). As a prerequisite for entry, all applicants for the fellowship must be a graduate of one of the following:

Applicants must have also completed an anesthesia residency program accredited by one of the following:

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

Visa Information

All residents, clinical fellows, research fellows and staff who are not United States citizens and do not have a green card must have the appropriate visa in order to receive a Mass General appointment.

For questions regarding a J-1 visa, please call the Mass General Registrar/Credentialing Office at 617-726-5316. Questions on all other types of visas should be directed to the Partners HealthCare International Office at 617-726-9211.

Faculty Leadership

Didactic Curriculum

Perioperative fellows are expected to complete a core didactic curriculum through selected courses offered at the Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Fellows are given the opportunity to participate in selected national conferences in perioperative management.

Selected ongoing and completed projects include:

  • Perioperative throughput initiatives—application of business principles
  • Block scheduling—open and assigned models
  • Preadmission testing process redesign
  • Workplace safety—slips, trips and falls in the operating room
  • Perioperative blood transfusion process redesign
  • Anesthesia manpower analysis and scheduling paradigms
  • Operating room and perioperative area expansion
  • Compensation system redesign
  • Modeling the impacts of demand and capacity in recovery areas on operating room waiting times
  • Surgeon profiling and operating room use

Faculty Expertise

Fellows are supervised by the three program directors and other administrative leaders in the Perioperative Services Administration and the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Mass General. Our departments consist of diverse groups of clinicians, administrators, scientists and researchers dedicated to ensuring a successful fellowship for the candidate.

Our faculty has a wide range of expertise in many areas, including:

  • Perioperative process monitoring and control
  • Resource management (personnel, materials/supplies, equipment)
  • Process improvement and system redesign
  • Project management
  • Database management
  • Perioperative quality and safety
  • Health care finance
  • Research and education
  • Joint Commission preparation and management

Perioperative Administration Fellowship Application

Selection to the fellowship is highly competitive. Only completed applications are reviewed.

Application Documents

Please submit the following documents electronically:

  1. Personal statement describing your interest in the Perioperative Administration Fellowship and your plans after completion of the fellowship
  2. Completed application 
  3. A current curriculum vitae
  4. Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from your residency program director or chief of service. Letters should be addressed to Drs. Peter Dunn, Aalok Agarwala and Wilton Levine, and should be sent from the letter writer’s email or his/her assistant’s email
  5. A copy of your medical school transcript
  6. A copy of your USMLE scores

Application Process

All documents should be submitted electronically to to the attention of:

Drs. Peter Dunn, Aalok Agarwala and Wilton Levine
Fellowship program directors
c/o Kristen O'Connor, program manager
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Applicant should use the following naming convention (first five letters of last name, first initial, document type):

  • Claus_S_CV
  • Claus_S_PS
  • Claus_S_MST
  • Claus_S_USMLE

Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications is June 1, 2014 for a start date of July 1, 2015. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Failure to provide this information will keep your application from being considered.

Perioperative Administration Fellowship

Drs. Peter Dunn, Aalok Agarwala and Wilton Levine
c/o Kristen O'Connor, program manager
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-643-6889

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

View additonal information on policies and resources for residents and fellows through Partners HealthCare