Overview

The Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship is a 12-month training program that is offered to 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:

Grand Rounds presentation at the Mass General Simches Research Center
  • Direct and manage complex care of pediatric patients 
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and engagement in learning and teaching
  • Advance the field of pediatric anesthesia through research and scholarly activity

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 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 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 Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital 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.

Curriculum

Didactic 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 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 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The didactic curriculum includes:

  • Daily hands-on education and discussion with pediatric anesthesia faculty
  • Weekly pediatric anesthesia fellow didactic lecture series
  • Weekly multidisciplinary pediatric perioperative rounds with surgical, proceduralist, pediatrics and ICU
  • Multidisciplinary simulation training
  • Grand Rounds series
  • Case conferences
  • Journal Club
  • Participation in a full-day national Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow Boot Camp, hosted in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia operating suite each September

Career Preparation

Clinical Experience

The Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship offers a unique hands-on clinical experience for fellows. By partnering with colleagues at Massachusetts Eye and Ear InfirmaryShriners Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 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. 

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

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, thoracic surgery, urology, orthopedics, oral surgery, plastic surgery and neurosurgery.

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 (MEEI) – one month

Located adjacent to Mass General, MEEI 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.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - two months

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 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. This rotation requires living away from Boston for two months.

 

How to Apply

Fellowship Application

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:

  1. Personal statement describing your interest in the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship and your plans after completion of the fellowship
  2. A current application via ERAS
  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 Christine L. Mai, MD, MS-HPEd 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
  7. A photograph

Application Deadline

The application process for the 2020 academic year opens up in December 2018. Application deadline is May 31, 2019 for a start dated in the 2020 academic year. Only completed applications will be reviewed. We will be offering interviews to qualified candidates in the spring of 2019. Failure to provide all requested 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 2019 and ranking due in September 2019. Match day is in October 2019. 

Learn more about registration and important dates

Contact

Contact Us

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

Christine Mai, MD, MS-HPEd, fellowship director
55 Fruit Street, Gray Bigelow (GRB) 419
c/o Kristen O’Connor, program manager
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-643-6889

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