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Boston Children's Hospital is one of the largest and most prestigious pediatric medical centers in the US. The Department of Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital and its Cardiac Anesthesia Service has been providing training in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology for more than 20 years. 

The Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program was created in 1993 and is directly associated with the ACGME-accredited Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Boston Children's Hospital. The program offers 2-3 yearly fellowship positions, 12 months in duration.  In addition to these fellowship positions, the program also provides training pediatric cardiac anesthesia for approximately 20 other trainees per year (for 1-3 month periods) as part of their fellowship programs (either at Boston Children's Hospital or affiliating institutions) in either Pediatric Anesthesiology or Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology.

How to apply to the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Boston Children's Hospital

Applicants may apply separately to the one-year Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program with documentation of satisfactory completion or current enrollment in either a Pediatric Anesthesiology or Adult Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Training Program in the United States or Canada.  Please note that we no longer accept hard copy application materials, all required materials must be submitted through our program's application site, including all letters of recommendation.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2017-2018 Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship positions through 12/31/2016.  Applicants interested in the second year advanced fellowship option must submit a concurrent application as part of their Core Fellowship Program Application. 

Foreign anesthesiologists are accepted under the above and following conditions: they must complete USMLE steps 1&2, as well as ECFMG certification. They must also be in the US on either a J1 training visa, or an H1B visa renewal.

Kindly note that there are standard application instructions and materials common to all Boston Children's Hospital Fellowship options.  To apply or with questions regarding the application process, please contact us at anesfellowship@childrens.harvard.edu.

Fellowship goals and clinical rotations

Advanced clinical training is the primary goal of the one-year fellowship in pediatric cardiac anesthesia.  Fellows spend a minimum of 8 months providing clinical care in the cardiac operating rooms and catheterization laboratory under the direct supervision of one of the Division’s faculty.  The Cardiac Anesthesia Division’s caseload is the largest in the United States, comprising over 1000 cardiac surgical operations (including more than 800 that utilize cardiopulmonary bypass) and more than 1400 cardiac catheterizations and other procedures (e.g. cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, transesophageal echocardiography, consultation and management of non-cardiac surgery in patients with various forms of congenital heart disease). Members of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia provide care for infants, children, and adults with various forms of congenital and acquired heart disease having both cardiac and non-cardiac surgery, in the cardiac intensive care unit, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology laboratories, and other invasive and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

The remaining four fellowship months can be devoted to elective rotations based upon the educational interests and needs of the individual fellow, and typically include one-month rotations in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal), pediatric anesthesia (for those trainees with primarily adult anesthesia backgrounds) or doing clinical research. At the completion of the program, fellows are expected to have the pathophysiologic knowledge and technical skills to manage the perioperative care of infants, children, and adults with congenital and acquired heart disease undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass- and deep hypothermic circulatory arrest management. Fellows take care of patients with congenital heart disease undergoing non cardiac surgery, patients undergoing hemodynamic and interventional cardiac catheterization, and other procedures such as radiofrequency ablation, transesophageal echocardiography, and magnetic resonance imaging.  Fellows are also expected to develop consultant-level knowledge of relevant areas such as echocardiography and perioperative cardiac intensive care, and the management of children and adults with congenital heart disease having non-cardiac surgery.

Contact Information for the Boston Children's Hospital Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship

Kirsten C. Odegard, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director
Boston Children's Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue, Bader 3
Boston, MA 02115
Email: kirsten.odegard@childrens.harvard.edu

Nicole Dombrowski, BA
Program Coordinator, Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship
Boston Children's Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue, BCH3216
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-7737
Email: anesfellowship@childrens.harvard.edu
Fax: 617-730-0894

Emilia Nelson, BS
Administrative Associate III, Cardiac Anesthesia 
Boston Children's Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue, BCH3216
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-6225


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