Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Residency in Pediatric Anesthesiology

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Founded in 1869, Boston Children’s Hospital has blossomed into a 397 bed pediatric health care center that cares for local, regional, national and international patients. The hospital’s medical staff – more than 1,000 staff physicians and 1,200 trainees – cares for more than 500,000 patients annually, including performing more than 29,000 surgical procedures – and delivers 35,000 anesthetics each year.

Anesthesiology residents from Harvard-affiliated institutions (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center), local hospitals (Boston University Medical Center, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital) and occasionally hospitals outside of the Boston area have the opportunity to spend between 1-3 months at a time in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children's, participating in clinical care of the full spectrum of pediatric patients with regard to age, severity of primary and co-existing diseases and complexity of surgery in the perioperative environment.

“Perioperative care” includes:

  • preoperative evaluation (data collection/interpretation and risk assessment)

  • medical optimization

  • formulation of an appropriate anesthetic plan

  • intraoperative management (monitoring, vascular access, airway management, delivery of anesthetics and assessment of anesthetic depth, fluid and blood management, gas exchange, etc.)

  • immediate postoperative care

During their time in the department, affiliating residents are expected to acquire a progressively broader and deeper understanding and mastery of essential core knowledge about pediatric health and disease, surgical procedures – especially those unique to children – and relevant technical procedures for the administration of anesthetics to children.

The expectation at the end of the resident’s rotation in our department is the safe and competent care of the healthy or moderately ill child in the perioperative environment, as well as the acquisition of the concepts necessary to respond in an emergency to the care requirements of a critically ill or injured child during initial resuscitation. These goals are achievable within this rotation.

Contact Information

To request more information or learn more about this residency rotation, please contact:

Joan G. Quaine, MD
Associate Program Director, Affiliating Residents

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Boston Children's Hospital


300 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115


Marissa Goding

Residency Program Administrative Associate


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