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Overview

Grand Rounds presentation at the Mass General Simches Research Center
Grand Rounds presentation at the Mass General Simches Research Center.

The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship, a 12-month training program for candidates who have successfully completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency program in anesthesiology. The fellowship strives to recruit, mentor and train future leaders in the field of pediatric anesthesia to:

  • Advance the field of pediatric anesthesia through research and scholarly activity
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and engagement in learning and teaching
  • Direct and manage complex care of pediatric patients

Fellows have the unique opportunity to learn from experts at Mass General, and from nationally recognized programs such as Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Shriners Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. Graduates from the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship will gain clinical, teaching, leadership and fundamental research skills to apply to future faculty positions.

Requirements

The Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship is a 12-month program that begins after successful completion of an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency program.

Program Requirements

The DACCPM at Mass General follows all minimum selection criteria as delineated in the Institutional Policy of Selection. 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) or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada

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 International Office at 617-726-9211.

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Curriculum

The Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship offers a comprehensive clinical and didactic program that incorporates mentorship, lectures and simulation training to enhance the fellow’s ability to become perioperative consultants in pediatric anesthesiology. Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from colleagues at the Mass General Center for Medical Simulation, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Macy Institute, as well as our affiliating colleagues at Mass Eye and Ear, Shriners Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.

The didactic curriculum includes:

  • Case conferences
  • Daily hands-on education and discussion with pediatric anesthesia faculty
  • Grand Rounds series
  • Journal Club
  • Multidisciplinary simulation training
  • Weekly multidisciplinary pediatric perioperative rounds with surgical, proceduralist, pediatrics and ICU
  • Weekly pediatric anesthesia fellow didactic lecture series

Career Preparation

  • Didactic teaching and clinical supervisory experience for the fellow
  • Exposure to diverse pediatric research opportunities
  • Formal career mentoring
  • Participation in quality improvement and patient-safety projects through the DACCPM Quality Safety Improvement Committee
  • Participation in the Partners Graduate Medical Education Clinical Teaching Skills Course

Clinical Experience

 Dr. Michael Leeman and a patient
Dr. Michael Leeman, pediatric anesthesiologist, talking to a patient.

The Mass General Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship offers a unique hands-on clinical experience for fellows. By partnering with colleagues at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Shriners Hospital for Children and Boston Children’s Hospital, our fellow will not only have the opportunity to learn from experts at Mass General, but also from experts in otolaryngology, ophthalmology, burn specialists and cardiac specialties at various locations.

The 12-month Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship consists of:

General Pediatric Operating Room (OR) at Mass General – six months

Fellows gain a broad understanding of the anatomical, physiological and pharmacological characteristics relevant to administering anesthesia to newborns, infants and children. The core rotations of the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship include six months of pediatric surgery in the Mass General operating rooms and off-site locations, which includes:

  • General pediatric surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Oral surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urology

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - one month

Fellows have the opportunity to become an integral part of the pediatric critical care team, and learn how to evaluate and care for infants, children and adolescents in critical condition. This pediatric critical care rotation is a combination of two weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Pediatric Acute and Chronic Pain Service - one month

The pediatric pain rotation at Mass General offers the fellow an educational experience in acute, chronic and cancer pain management for infants and children. Regional anesthesia techniques and pain management are emphasized during this rotation.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary – one month

Located adjacent to Mass General, Mass Eye and Ear is a leading hospital in otolaryngology and ophthalmology care for both pediatric and adult patients. The fellows rotate to the MEEI for one month, where they learn the complexities of anesthetizing pediatric patients undergoing airway management, otolaryngology surgeries and ophthalmology procedures.

Shriners Hospital for Children - one month

Located adjacent to Mass General, the Shriners Hospital for Children offers a unique opportunity to learn anesthesia care for children with acute burn injuries, chronic burn care, reconstructive plastics and airway surgery. Fellows spend one month focused on the perioperative and anesthetic management of children afflicted with complex burns such as thermal, electrical or chemical injuries.

Boston Children’s Hospital - two months

The Boston Children’s Hospital is a premier pediatric hospital known for its complex care of pediatric patients with congenital anomalies. This two-month cardiac anesthesia rotation is designed to provide an in-depth educational experience caring for pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. There is also an opportunity to learn to care for adult patients with palliated congenital heart lesions requiring cardiac diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

How to Apply

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

Application Documents

The Mass General Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship participates in the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). Applicants must file their application in ERAS. Please submit the following documents electronically:

  • A copy of your medical school transcript
  • A copy of your USMLE scores
  • A current application via ERAS
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A photograph
  • Personal statement describing your interest in the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship and your plans after completion of the fellowship
  • Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from your residency program director or chief of service.  Letters should be addressed to Christine L. Mai, MD, MS-HPEd and should be sent from the letter writer’s email or his/her assistant’s email

Application Deadline

The application process for the 2021 academic year opens up in December 2019.  Application deadline is May 31, 2020 for a start date in the 2021 academic year. Only completed applications will be reviewed. We will offer interviews to qualified candidates in the spring of 2020. Failure to provide all required information will keep your application from being considered.

National Residency Match Program (NRMP)

The Mass General Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship is participating in the NRMP. Ranking opens up in August 2020 and is due in September 2020. Match Day is in October 2020.

Learn more about registration and important dates