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The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine is committed to investing in and creating learning opportunities that promote clinical excellence and effective, compassionate and safe patient care. To that end, the department supports educational activities for physicians, CRNAs and other health care team members that:

  • Promote the interchange of ideas and information
  • Foster culture of transparency and patient safety
  • Optimize clinical education
  • Improve clinical decision making
  • Engage all stakeholders in the strategies to optimize patient care

The department offers learning and mentoring opportunities within the department and in collaboration with other departments. Furthermore, the department collaborates with Harvard Medical School's Department of Continuing Education to offer various nationally and internationally renowned conferences and educational programs aimed at increasing attendees knowledge, skills and professional performance.

Upcoming Conferences

May 8th–10th
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, MA

The anesthesiologist and certified registered nurse anesthetist who takes care of pediatric patients in the perioperative setting.

Oct. 17th– 18th
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Clinicians who care for children. This includes staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians assistants, physician generalists and subspecialists, psychologists, child life workers, social workers, pharmacists, physical, and occupational therapists.

Sept 19th – 21st
Hilton Financial District Hotel, San Francisco, CA

This multi-specialty represented conference is intended for physicians, dentists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and health care administrators interested in sedation. Healthcare professionals have represented specialties such as anesthesiology, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, pediatrics, dental medicine and intensive care medicine

Pediatric MOCA® Training

Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program are proud to offer one-day Pediatric Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) Simulation courses in crisis management devoted to pediatric anesthesia. Meets the simulation training requirement for MOCA® Part IV (Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement).



Target Audience

  • March 7, 2015
  • May 10, 2015
  • June 6, 2015
  • September 26, 2015
  • October 17, 2015
  • November 14, 2015
 The operating rooms and PACU at Boston Children's Hospital
Practicing Pediatric Anesthesiologists and Practitioners with exposure to Pediatric patients who would like to practice and hone their skills




Clinical Problems in Pediatric Anesthesia (Monday, 6:45-7:15 a.m.)
This series focuses on clinical topics common in pediatric anesthesia. The discussions are a combination of didactic material and dialogue surrounding various clinical scenarios.

Basic Topics in Pediatric Anesthesia (Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-7:15 a.m.)
This program is based on the pediatric section of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) content outline. These 30-minute lectures review 22 to 24 topics over a three-month cycle. This format provides the basic knowledge base mandated by the ABA.

Risk Management Conference (Wednesday, 7-8 a.m. in alternation w/Grand Rounds.)
This is the morbidity and mortality/quality improvement conference for the department. This conference reports on the number and severity of complications, discusses pertinent cases, and reports on other issues of quality improvement, such as equipment bulletins from the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Grand Rounds (Wednesday, 7-8 a.m.)
Grand Rounds is a forum for invited speakers on topics relevant to pediatric anesthesia.

Controversial Issues / Fellows Talk (Friday, 6:45-7:15 a.m.)
This conference focuses on controversial issues pertinent to pediatric anesthesia, pain management, and critical care medicine. The fellows, under the supervision of their faculty advisors, research a topic of their choice and present a lecture to members of the department.

Anesthesia Research Conference (Last Thursday of each month, 4-5 p.m.)
At this conference faculty and fellows present clinical and laboratory research projects at various stages of completion, from initial proposal to final results. This both keeps the faculty abreast of current research within the department and allows suggestions to improve the projects to be made in a supportive environment.

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellows Seminar (Tuesdays, 6:30-7:15 a.m.)
Detailed reviews of special areas in pediatric anesthesia are conducted as oral and written examinations and directed literature reviews. Open only to fellows.

Fellows Journal Club (Second Thursday, 6:30-7:15 a.m.)
Papers reviewing basic principles of pediatric anesthesia are distributed in advance and discussed with emphasis on their scientific validity and clinical relevance.

Chairman/Fellows Tutorial (Third Thursday, 6:30-7:15 a.m.)
Fellows have the opportunity to meet monthly with the chairman to discuss issues of educational importance with specific topics suggested by the fellows. Open only to fellows.


Cardiac Anesthesia Conferences


Pre-Surgical Conference (Monday, 4-5 p.m.)
This conference discusses patients scheduled for surgery during the upcoming week. Pathology, modes of management, and potential problems are discussed in a multidisciplinary forum.

Basic Topics in Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia (daily, except Wednesdays, 6:30-7 a.m.)
These 30-minute discussions review several topics over a one-month cycle. This format provides some of the basic information important for pediatric cardiac anesthesia.

Mortality and Morbidity Review (Saturday, 9-10 a.m.)
This multidisciplinary conference reviews the preoperative problems experienced by selected patients and attempts to define better management modes


Pain Service Conferences


Pain Core Lecture Series (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-3 p.m.)
This series focuses on basic topics in pediatric and adult pain management.

Case Conference (Tuesday, noon-1 p.m.)
This multidisciplinary conference focuses on the management of children and adolescents with chronic pain syndromes.

"Schmerzgruppe" (Alternate Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.)
This conference reviews clinical and laboratory studies on pain topics, focusing on ongoing research and a review of the literature.

Chronic Pain Management Follow-up Conference (Thursday, noon-1 p.m.)
At this conference, faculty and fellows review the management plan and current status of chronic pain patients.


MICU Conferences


Morning Teaching Conference (daily 7:30-8:15 a.m.)
This conference reviews the basics of pediatric critical care.

Morning Report (daily, 8:15-8:30 a.m.)
The new admissions and major events from the preceding day are discussed.

Medical Grand Rounds (Wednesday, noon-1 p.m.)
This is the premier weekly conference of the hospital's Department of Medicine. Lecturers of national and international prominence discuss advances in their fields.

Case Conference (Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.)
All MICU admissions of the week are reviewed and management options discussed; chronic cases are reviewed and updated.

Fellows' Conference (Monday and Tuesday, noon-1 p.m.)
These are informal conferences that vary: pathophysiology review, invited lectures, presentations by fellows, and video presentations.

Rotating Conference (Thursday, noon-1 p.m.)
This conference rotates its focus weekly among issues in critical care with invited speakers, a journal club, a clinical and pathological correlation conference, and a research conference.




Fiberoptic Intubation Course
The Department of Anesthesia offers a fiberoptic intubation course annually. This course is modeled after the pediatric fiberoptic course given at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

The Boston Anesthesia Simulator Center
The Departments of Anaesthesia of the hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School offer experience in crisis resource management in a simulated operating room environment as well as computer simulation of basic and advanced anesthesia concepts.



The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO