• Advanced and International Fellowships in Pediatric Anesthesiology

    Many Fellows in Pediatric Anesthesiology seek additional training opportunities to further develop the specialized skills demanded by our specialty. In addition to our “core” one-year fellowship, we also offer a variety of Advanced and International Fellowships in Pediatric Anesthesiology subspecialties. 

    Additional information about these Advanced Fellowships in Pediatric Anesthesiology is listed below.
  • Advanced Clinical Fellowships

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    The department offers a 6 month and one-year program in pediatric neuroanesthesia and neurophysiological monitoring combining clinical training with research or quality improvement. Education in research methodology or quality improvement science and conduct of research study or quality improvement project is an integral component of the fellowship program. This fellowship will facilitate the certification in Neurophysiological Monitoring by the American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring.
    Director J. McAuliffe, MD., John.Mcauliffe@cchmc.org
    The department offers a one-year fellowship in pain management combining clinical training in both pediatric and adult pain medicine with an emphasis on the former. The program has a strong focus on chronic pain management of in-patients and out-patients. After completion of the fellowship, the anesthesiologist candidate will be eligible for certification in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
    Director A. Szabova, MD., Alexandra.Szabova@cchmc.org
    The department offers a one-year fellowship program in pediatric palliative care which involves the care of children with life threatening conditions and their families. Physicians who are board eligible in anesthesiology or pediatrics are welcome to apply. The clinical training includes exposure to children with pain, special needs, and other complex medical conditions in the in-patient and out-patient setting. After completion of the fellowship, the candidate will be eligible for certification in Palliative Care Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology or the American Board of Pediatrics, depending on their previous training.
    Director N. Weidner, MD., Norbert.Weidner@cchmc.org
    This advanced 6-12 month program consists of formal training in quality improvement science and safety. The fellow will complete courses such as “Intermediate Improvement Science Series” offered at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Participants will conduct a quality improvement project with the assistance of our experienced quality-improvement faculty; the project will be presented at a national meeting and published in a peer-review journal. The quality improvement fellowship may be combined with a clinical fellowship can vary in length from 6-24 months.
    Director A. Varughese, MD, MPH., Anna.Varughese@cchmc.org
    The department offers a twelve-month advanced pediatric cardiac anesthesia fellowship to physicians who are board eligible/certified in anesthesiology. The fellowship is designed to provide clinical training, didactic instruction and clinical or basic science research in an effort to produce a trainee who is well prepared to begin a clinical and/or academic career in Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia.  Fellows will be exposed to a variety of procedures in children with congenital heart disease, including; open heart surgery, heart and lung transplantation, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiologic intervention, cardiac MRI and echocardiography sedation.  Cincinnati Children’s and the Heart Institute will provide the breadth and depth of experience to obtain this training while developing an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of congenital heart defects, gaining a broader insight into the management of these complex patients, as well as becoming proficient in arterial and central line placement.
    Director: Jennifer Lam, DO, jennifer.lam@cchmc.org
    In addition to the programs we offer for We also offer a unique program for the anesthesiologist who has already completed their residency training: “Pediatric Anesthesia for the Practicing Anesthesiologist”, also known as The PAPA Program. The PAPA Program is designed for the anesthesiologist in practice who desires additional experience in pediatric anesthesia care. Participants will augment their skills and experience in a one-week program combining one-on-one teaching with hands-on experience in our busy operating rooms. Clinical activities are highly customizable depending on the interest of the student. 
    Director Paul J. Samuels, MD., Paul.Samuels@cchmc.org
    The Advanced Pediatric Anesthesia in Education fellowship is a 12-month GME-approved training program designed for the pediatric anesthesiologist with a strong interest in medical education. Applicants who have completed a core fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology are eligible to apply. Through collaboration with the University of Cincinnati College Of Education, advanced fellows will complete coursework towards the degree of Masters of Medical Education, learning vital skills for success in academic medicine. In addition, fellows will continue clinical expertise as part-time attendings in the busy Cincinnati Children’s Hospital operating rooms. The clinical experience also allows fellows to apply their developing educational skills through exposure to trainees such as anesthesiology residents, clinical fellows, and others.
    Director Paul J. Samuels, MD., Paul.Samuels@cchmc.org
  • International Fellowships

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    The purpose of the International Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology to offer advanced training in Pediatric Anesthesiology to fully-trained anesthesiologists from abroad with an interest in advancing the practice of the specialty in their country of origin. The Program is 18 months in duration.

    The terms of agreement between the International Fellow in Pediatric Anesthesiology (trainee) and the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology (training program) are as follows:

      • An eligible candidate for the International Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology is a Doctor of Medicine who has satisfactorily completed a post-graduate training program in General Anesthesiology.
        • The position we offer the trainee is entitled the “International Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology” (IFPA). This position is NOT accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as ACGME guidelines do not permit certification of a non-US residency graduate.
          • The program will be 18 months in duration. Training may be lengthened for up to six additional months following mutual agreement between the trainee and Program Director.
            • The first 6 months of IFPA will include rotations on the following services:

              a. General OR

              b. Acute Pain Service

              c. Chronic Pain Service

              d. Medical Intensive Care Unit

              e. Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

              f. MRI/CT

              g. Other rotations at the discretion of the Program Director. Potential clinical and research opportunities include working in our labs, emergency room, outpatient surgery (Liberty Township), Palliative Care, and dental clinics.

              During the first six months of the International Fellowship (referred to as the “Provisional Fellowship”), the trainee will hone their English language skills, further expand their technical and non-technical medical skill set, become facile with our Information Technology, and develop a greater understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, including expectations of professionalism and work ethic. During the Provisional Fellowship, the trainee will work one-on-one with our teaching faculty in the OR, and will be supervised by our faculty in the ICU’s and Pain Service. During the provisional period, no overnight call will be required. The IFPA trainee will participate in all Departmental educational activities, including Grand Rounds, Continuous Quality Improvement, Research Conference, Simulation sessions, and all Fellowship lectures.

              • This training position requires satisfactory passage of the USMLE Part 1, USMLE Part 2-CS, and USMLE Part 2-CK examinations, resulting in ECFMG certification. While the application to the program can occur prior to examination completion, the candidate is not eligible to begin the program until ECFMG certification is completed in its entirety.
              • This fellowship position will require a “J-1” visa, sponsored by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The Office of Graduate Medical Education at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will assist the candidate with administrative logistics to obtain an appropriate visa.
              • The trainee will be formally evaluated in writing following each rotation during the Provisional Fellowship. Following their satisfactory performance during this phase of training, the candidate will join the formal “Core” Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology.  This advancement may be accelerated under special circumstances; conversely, promotion to the “core” fellowship position may be delayed or revoked, at the discretion of the Program Director, if performance is unsatisfactory. If the IFPA student is advanced from Provisional to Core status early the entire training program will remain 18 months.
              • During the Core Fellowship, the candidate will participate in all of the activities provided to our traditional, U.S. trained fellows. This experience will include the following:

              a. three 2-week rotations in Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

              b. three 2-week rotations in Pediatric Pain

              c. 10 days elective time

              d. 10 reading days

              e. intermittent days in radiology, Liberty, and dental clinics

              f. rotation in General operating rooms

              g. participation in our educational program, including all lectures, Continuous Quality Improvement, Simulation sessions, Grand Rounds, and all expected Fellowship presentations

              h. further information regarding the Core Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology can be found here

              • During the Core Fellowship, the candidate will take approximately 4-5 weeks of “night float” call. This call responsibility lasts 6 nights, followed by a 4-day period without clinical duties. The IFPA and Core Fellowships in Pediatric Anesthesiology abide by all regulations, including duty hours, created by the ACGME.
              • Upon completion of the Program it is our expectation that the candidate will return to their country of origin to practice medicine, with special emphasis on Pediatric Anesthesiology.
              • Or, if it’s important to retain the possibility of such a reference after 3 years, funnel them through the Program Director, such as:
                No Letters of recommendation for the candidate to pursue U.S. employment or further U.S clinical training are permitted, except with the permission of the Program Director at least three years following successful program completion.
              • In order to complete your application to the Program please submit the following documents:

              a. The General Application

              b. A current CV and a personal statement describing why you are interested in the International Program

              c. Documentation to verify your graduation from Medical School

              d. Documentation to verify the completion of your post-graduate training in General Anesthesiology

              e. Documentation to support your ECFMG certification

              f. Three letters of recommendation from your current institution. One letter should be from your Departmental Chair, describing the nature of the institutional interest in the Program.

              g. A professional color photo of yourself

              h. It is strongly advised that candidates participate in the Visiting Professorship Program offered by the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology prior to applying to the IFPA Program. Admission to the International Program is unlikely without spending time at our institution.

              • Upon satisfactory completion of the program the participant will be awarded a certificate of completion that states that you have completed the “International Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology”, and will indicate the number of months of training.

              For additional information please contact:

              Paul Samuels, M.D.
              Director of Education
              Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
              Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
              3333 Burnet Avenue ML2001
              Cincinnati, OH 45229
              Email: paul.samuels@cchmc.org

              The Chinese Pediatric Anesthesiology Research Fellowship program is a two-year program designed for Chinese anesthesiologists to train in research in the areas of neurobiology, pharmacometrics, clinical trials, or quality improvement. The program provides fellows with an opportunity to advance their research skills for the purpose of continuing this research upon return to their home institution. Education in research or quality improvement methodology is an integral component of the fellowship program. The faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will provide an intensive research or quality improvement experience and continue the mentorship and collaboration upon return of the fellow to China. This fellowship aims to drive scientific discovery, improve safety and perioperative outcomes for children undergoing anesthesia and surgery in China.
              Director: Dr. Junzheng Wu, Junzheng.Wu@cchmc.org