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Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

University of Colorado School of Medicine


 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. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado

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 ten on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital’s 2019-20 Honor Roll. 

Approximately 35,000 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
  • Surgical procedures on ECMO
  • Organ transplantation (heart, liver, kidney, bone marrow)
  • Major orthopedic surgery including scoliosis repair (250 cases per year)
  • Simple and complex ENT surgery including laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • Fetal interventions, including minimally invasive fetal interventions, open mid-gestation fetal surgeries, and EXIT procedures.  

Clinical Rotations

  • Main Operating Room - 6-7 months
  • Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia - 7-8 weeks
  • Acute and Chronic Pain Service - 5 weeks
  • Non-Operating Room Anesthesia - 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - 4 weeks
  • Supervisory rotation - 2 weeks
  • Electives - 2 weeks

Educational Curriculum

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship has a comprehensive educational curriculum including:

  • Twice weekly morning conferences covering core pediatric anesthesia topics
  • Weekly fellows conference covering advanced topics, including case discussions, journal clubs, professionalism workshops, practice management and quality improvement lectures.
  • Weekly departmental grand rounds
  • Monthly departmental morbidity & mortality conference
  • Quarterly journal club
  • Multidisciplinary simulation and crew resource management training
  • Mock oral board exam preparation
  • Access to online didactic curricula

The Pediatric Anesthesiology fellows are required to present at departmental morning lectures 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 the 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 in-house 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 over the course of the year to pursue scholarly and research activities. 

Benefits

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 - $68,168 (2019-2020)
  • Travel & educational funds - $2500 + GME contribution (~$200)
  • Medical/Dental insurance and vision plans
  • Voluntary retirement savings plans
  • Disability and life insurance

Prerequisites

  • Successful completion of

o   ACGME accredited Anesthesiology residency program or

o   Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC)- accredited residency program.

  • Passed USMLE (or COMLEX) step 3 exam 

Application Process

Applications for the one-year Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship should be sent through ERAS, the online application service of the AAMC (ACGME Program ID # 0420721020).  The deadline for submission of applications through ERAS is May 15th. In addition, please send your In-Training Exam scores and ABA Basic Examination results to ERAS.

Fellowship Timeline 

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

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Ms. Lindsay Baumgartner, BA
Tel: 720-777-4999
E-mail: pedsanesthesia@childrenscolorado.org 

Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Debnath Chatterjee, MD, FAAP
E-mail: debnath.chatterjee@childrenscolorado.org
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Associate Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Monica Hoagland, MD
Email: Monica.Hoagland@childrenscolorado.org
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