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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 (CHCO), a 553-bed tertiary care children’s hospital located at the Anschutz medical campus in Aurora, Colorado.  CHCO has a level IV 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, the CHCO network serves the children of Colorado and surrounding regions. It has been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine every year.  CHCO ranked among the top five on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital’s 2015-16 Honor Roll and was recently named the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Award.

Approximately 27,000 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
• Surgical procedures on ECMO
• 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- 6-7 months
(Including QI rotation- 4 weeks & Supervisory rotation- 2 weeks)
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit- 4 weeks
• Cardiac Operating Room- 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, literature club, PBLD and professionalism workshops
• Monthly departmental morbidity & mortality conference
• Monthly departmental grand rounds
• Journal club every quarter
• Multidisciplinary simulation and crew resource management training
• Practice management lectures
• Quality improvement (QI) lectures
• Mock oral board exam preparation

The Pediatric Anesthesiology fellows are required to present at departmental grand rounds and moderate 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 (GME) office determines salary and benefits.
• Vacation- 15 days
• Education/ meeting time- 5 days
• Sick/personal time- 5 days
• Salary-PGY-5 level - $61,097 (2015-2016)
• Travel & educational funds- $1500 + GME contribution (~$200)
• Medical/Dental insurance and vision plan
• Voluntary retirement savings plans
• Disability and life insurance

• Successful completion of
o ACGME accredited Anesthesiology residency program or
o 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
• Three letters of recommendation, including one from the residency Program Director
• 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 separately via e-mail or via regular mail.

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

Advanced Second-Year Fellowships
Advanced second year fellowships in Congenital Cardiac Anesthesiology and Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia are also 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.

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.