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Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program

Children's Hospital Colorado & University of Colorado Denver

The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Currently seven fellows are accepted every year through the National Resident Matching Program. The primary clinical site for the fellowship is Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC), a 546-bed tertiary care children’s hospital located at the Anschutz medical campus in Aurora, Colorado.  CHC has a level 3C NICU and is the only level 1 pediatric trauma center in Colorado. With 4 hospitals, 16 network of care locations and more than 500 outreach clinics in over 29 cities, it serves the children of Colorado and surrounding regions. CHC is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.

Approximately 22,000 anesthetics are administered annually to children of all ages and severity of illness. A wide range of neonatal and pediatric surgical procedures are performed including:

  • Complex cardiovascular surgery (400-450 cases per year)
  • Complex neurosurgery (300 cases per year)
  • Craniofacial reconstruction
  • Open mid-gestation fetal surgery, EXIT and minimally invasive fetal interventions
  • Organ transplantation (heart, liver, kidney, bone marrow)
  • Major orthopedic surgery including approximately 250 scoliosis repairs per year
  • Simple and complex ENT surgery including laryngotracheal reconstruction

Clinical Rotations

  • Main Operating Room- 6 months
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - 4 weeks
  • Cardiac Operating Room- 6-8 weeks
  • Acute and Chronic Pain Service- 4 weeks
  • Non Operating Room Sites- 3 weeks
  • Electives- 2 weeks

Educational Activities

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship has a comprehensive educational curriculum including:

  • Daily morning lectures covering core pediatric anesthesia topics
  • Weekly fellows conference including case discussions and literature club
  • Monthly departmental morbidity & mortality conference
  • Monthly departmental grand rounds
  • Journal club every other month
  • Multidisciplinary simulation and crew resource management training
  • Practice management lectures
  • Quality improvement (QI) rotation
  • Mock oral board exam preparation

The Pediatric Anesthesiology fellows are required to present at departmental grand rounds and moderate at least two problem-based learning discussions. They are also expected to participate in departmental research activities and complete a QI project under mentorship of a faculty member. They are strongly encouraged to present abstracts and posters at the annual meetings of the SPA/AAP and the ASA.

Call Responsibilities

During the main operating room rotation, the fellows cover overnight call only on Fridays. During the rest of the week and on weekends, they are on late call followed by beeper call from home. The day after late call is a protected academic day, unless they work past 11 PM in which case they get a post call day off. Each fellow gets approximately 30 days of protected academic time dispersed throughout the fellowship to pursue scholarly and research activities.

During the cardiac rotation, the fellows are on beeper call from home for a week. In the PICU, the fellows cover overnight call approximately once a week.


The University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education office determines salary and benefits.

  • Vacation- 15 days
  • Educational (meeting) time- 5 days
  • Salary-PGY-5 level - $59,899 (2014-2015)
  • Book/meeting allowance- $1500


  • Successful completion of
    • ACGME accredited Anesthesiology residency program or
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency program.
  • Passed USMLE (or COMLEX) step 3 exam

Application Process

Submit your application with the following documents to the Program Coordinator:

  • Completed common Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Application form (download here)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the residency Program Director or Chairman
  • All ABA in-training exam scores
  • USMLE (or COMLEX) scores

If you are sending your applications electronically, please consider combining your documents into a large file. The letters of recommendation must be addressed to the Program Director and may be sent seperately via e-mail or via regular mail.

Fellowship Timeline

Accepting applications - January through August
Personal interviews - April through August
Match day - October
Fellowship start - July 1st, following year

Advanced Second-Year Fellowships

Advanced second year fellowships in Congenital Cardiac Anesthesiology and Chronic Pain/Regional Anesthesia are available.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Lindsay Baumgartner,
Department of Anesthesiology,
Children’s Hospital Colorado,
13123 East 16th avenue, B090,
Aurora, CO 80045.
Tel: 720-777-4999.
Fax: 720-777-7266.

Program Director
Debnath Chatterjee, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology,
Department of Anesthesiology,
Children’s Hospital Colorado,
13123 East 16th avenue, B090,
Aurora, CO 80045.
Tel: 720-777-4825.
Fax: 720-777-7266.

Director of Education
Lawrence Schwartz, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology,
Department of Anesthesiology,
Children’s Hospital Colorado,
13123 East 16th avenue, B090,
Aurora, CO 80045.
Tel: 720-777-4825.
Fax: 720-777-7266.