About Our Fellowship Program

 Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

WHAT IS THE SUBSPECIALTY PRACTICE OF A PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIOLOGIST?

An anesthesiologist who specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology provides anesthetic care for neonates, infants, children and adolescents undergoing surgical, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. This subspecialty also determines and provides appropriate pre- and post-operative care, advanced life support, and acute pain management for pediatric patients.

A robust, 1-year clinical and academic program has been designed for the Fellows who will train at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri, under the faculty of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Division of Pediatric Anesthesia. Please see our Curriculum in Pediatric Anesthesia and List of Index Cases.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Our goals of fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia are to have the fellow:

Attain the body of knowledge, skill set and clinical judgment expected of a consultant in pediatric anesthesiology.
Prepared to provide anesthetic care for children of all ages and within the spectrum of acuity as seen in various practice settings, i.e. from major referral centers to small town practices.
Serve as a clinician-educator, assisting the faculty in clinical supervision and as an active participant in didactics for anesthesia residents, visiting physicians and other trainees.
Become familiar with research principles and to hone critical thinking skills with regards to study design and validity.
Acquire the acumen necessary to achieve ABA Board Certification in Pediatric Anesthesia.

SETTING PERFORMANCE TARGETS

The ACGME Milestone Project for the fellow was devised in September 2014 and provides a framework for assessment of performance and competency in the subspecialty. There are 14 domains assessed which include the six competencies for residency training in anesthesiology. The ACGME assessment will occur as formal reports at mid- fellowship and at the completion of fellowship training. These reports are devised by the Review Committee and are based on evaluations by the attending faculty, 360 degree evaluations by nurses, staff and families and the performance review by the Program Director. There are 5 levels of performance- advancing from Level 1 "incoming fellow expectations" to Level 5 "performance beyond graduate expectations".

Pediatric Section Picture

THE SSM HEALTH CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE

The annual caseload of over 10,000 operations consists of the full spectrum of surgical procedures from "bread and butter" cases to craniofacial reconstructions, and heart and liver transplantation. Our cardiac service is robust with surgical and cardiology services ranked in the US New and World Report 100 Best Children's Hospitals for 2016. Case logs and index cases have proven ample in every area required by the ACGME for satisfying the fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology.

In addition to the division's didactics, the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows participate in the Fellows Colloquium, a weekly advanced didactics series for all fellows in any pediatric subspecialty. Topics include, "Ethics, Well Being, and Understanding Statistics". To ensure a well-rounded exposure, one -month rotations on a subspecialty service are planned. Each fellow has leeway to vary the number of rotations in a given area provided comprehensive exposure is not compromised. See the example schedule below.

SAMPLE ROTATIONS DURING FELLOWSHIP

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

FELLOWSHIP CANDIDACY

This fellowship is open to candidates who have completed or are near completion of an ACGME accredited residency in Anesthesiology. The fellowship is 1 year in duration and includes exposure to advanced cases in pediatric perioperative and critical care. Elective rotations in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department are also available during this 12-month exposure.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

We participate in the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Match Program (http://www.nrmp.org/).

The application from ERAS can be downloaded via this link: ERAS.

Interviews are by invitation and will be offered only to those with complete application packets.

  • Submit two letters of recommendation (on letterhead) to the Fellowship Program Director
  • Copies of Board scores (USMLE/COMLEX)
  • The completed Common Program application (include a passport-size photo if possible)
  • Letter of Intent

Naila Ahmad MD

Naila A. Ahmad, MD Program Director

For more information contact Mrs. Robin Wessels, Program Coordinator 314-678-3044.

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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Saint Louis, MO 63110

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