Anesthesia - Professional Education
Anesthesia - Professional Education
Become a Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow
We train fellows:
- In the art and science of giving pediatric patients and their families excellent, safe and compassionate perioperative and pain management care
- To become leaders in clinical and academic pediatric anesthesiology.
Train at Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State Children's Hospital offers:
- Large pediatric referral center (over 1 million kids in our referral area)
- Freestanding children's hospital facility, opened in 2013
- 151 total beds
- PICU (18 beds)
- NICU (42 beds)
- Intermediate Care Unit (18 beds)
- 160,000 outpatient visits yearly
- Over 12,000 pediatric anesthetics yearly
- Level 1 Trauma center for Pediatrics
Train in beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania
Enjoy the special experience of training at a major academic medical center in the lovely, small-town setting of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
- 15 minutes from Harrisburg International Airport
- 15 minutes from an Amtrak Station (Middletown)
- 10 minutes from Hershey Park
- 1 hour and 45 minutes from Philadelphia
- 1 hour and 30 minutes from Baltimore
Curriculum structure for Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows
Fellows' clinical experiences are based on monthly rotations in these departments:
- Pulmonary (See "Clinical Rotations" and "Case Selection" below.)
Our formal didactic curriculum includes:
- Weekly fellow-level lectures
- Departmental functions that include Grand Rounds and Case Conferences. (See "Didactics" below.)
As a fellow, you’ll:
- Engage in a Scholarly Project, for which you’ll be allowed a large amount of non-clinical time. (See "Scholarly Project" below.)
- Take part as a teacher as well as a learner. Our fellows develop and give lectures to our residents. They also often function as junior attendings, and oversee residents in the ORs. (See "Teaching" below.)
Educational goals and objectives for pediatric anesthesia fellows
Our curriculum and objectives are designed to provide a broad exposure to the peri-operative management of all elements of anesthesiology relating to the care of neonatal and pediatric patients, including, but not limited to preoperative evaluation and assessment, intra-operative management of simple and complex patients and cases, postoperative management, pain management and neonatal and pediatric critical care.
Structured didactic lectures, self-directed learning, grand round conference, teaching opportunities and an academic project will supplement the clinical experience. Intra-operative teaching in the operating room is the mainstay of all didactics and performance assessment of our pediatric anesthesiology fellowship.
Clinical rotations (months) for fellows
Seven Pediatric Peri-Operative Anesthesia months including cases in:
- Off-site Anesthesia (MRI, CT, NucMed, IR)
- 1½ - 2 ½ months Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia
- 1 month PICU
- 1 month NICU
- 1 month Pediatric Pain & Regional Anesthesia
- ½ month Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Case selection for our Fellows
- Fellows review the OR schedules one to two days in advance.
- They’re encouraged to ask for specific ORs/cases that offer the best educational value for them. This way, fellows can advance their own clinical growth.
- Guided by the program director, they can also make sure they work with a broad range of complex pediatric cases.
Our recent fellows have achieved case numbers that are much higher than the national fellow averages for most types of cases ("index cases").
- Pediatric Fellows' Lecture Series (weekly, fellow-level, covers entire ACGME curriculum)
- Grand Rounds, Thursdays at 6:30 a.m.
- Anesthesiology Fellows' Lecture Series (six to eight lectures on practical topics)
- Designed to prepare Fellows for the ABA Pediatric sub-specialty board exam
- Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow Simulation Sessions
The scholarly project
- All fellows must complete a Scholarly Project
- Topics can include: bench research, clinical research or QI/QA
- Projects are mentored by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center faculty
- Deliverable is required (abstract, poster, manuscript, etc.)
- Non-clinical time is offered (about one academic day per week)
Each fellow must develop and give one one-hour lecture to anesthesiology residents.
- Fellows are given more responsibility in the ORs over time. This is decided by formal and informal assessments.
- Toward the end of the fellowship, most fellows will have the chance to supervise residents in the ORs.
- This presents chances to:
- Build management and teaching skills
- Help the fellow move from trainee to consultant attending
Overseas opportunities for Fellows
Each fellow will have the chance to join in an overseas mission trip. The purpose of the trip is to offer pediatric anesthesiology services to areas of the world that don’t get the health care they need.
- Is joined by a member of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Pediatric Anesthesiology faculty
- Usually lasts 10 to 14 days
- Includes non-clinical time and trip funds provided by the department
Resources for Fellows
- Fellows' office space
- Electronic medical record system, which includes anesthesia records
- Dedicated ultrasound machine for pediatric regional anesthesia
- Comprehensive airway equipment:
- A number of videolaryngoscopes
- Fiberoptic laryngoscopes that include pediatric and neonatal blades
- Online university library with journals and texts
- Physical university anesthesia library with a complete pediatric text collection
- Penn State Simulation Center
- Three weeks’ vacation
- One week of CME time (meetings, etc.)
- Added time for presenting posters or talks (allowed on a case-by-case basis)
Former Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows
Fellows who have graduated from our program have taken positions at numerous high-quality hospitals, including well-respected children’s hospitals and private facilities.
- Successfully complete an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency
- Successfully passed the American Board of Anesthesiology Basic Exam during residency training
- Qualified to register for the American Board of Anesthesiology Advanced and Applied certification process
- Successfully complete USMLE 1, 2 and 3
- Provide three reference letters (one from your current residency program director or chair)
- Present copies of your medical school Dean’s Letter and transcript
- Provide your current curriculum vitae
- Have current certification in ACLS and strongly encouraged to have current certification in PALS also
Once accepted into the fellowship, you’ll be required to obtain an unrestricted medical license and a graduate medical training license with the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.
The interview process
- We review a qualified candidate’s completed written application.
- After that, we may invite the candidate for a day of formal interviews and tours with the program director, a current pediatric anesthesiology fellow, and pediatric anesthesiology faculty.
- This gives us a chance to evaluate the candidate in person.
- It also gives the candidate a chance to assess our facilities and learn about the program from:
- Our faculty
- Current residents
How to apply
We accept applications through ERAS. Learn more about the ERAS process.
Gregory Weller, MD, PhD
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Director
c/o Kiersten Bricker, Fellowship Coordinator
Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Drive, H187
Hershey, PA 17033