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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 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 Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship Program was created in 1993. The program offers yearly 2-3 fellowship positions that are 12 months in duration. 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 remaining time 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.

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

Prerequisite Training/Qualifications:

Applicants for the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship must:

  • Have satisfactorily completed residency training in anesthesiology;
  • Have satisfactorily completed one year of training in either Pediatric Anesthesia or Adult Cardiac Anesthesia, in a training program in the United States or Canada;
  • Qualify for and obtain either a limited or full license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (for further information on the requirements for a MA license, see the website for the Massachusetts Board of Medicine: http://www.massmedboard.org/ );
  • Qualify for and obtain house-staff privileges at Boston Children’s Hospital

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.

Contact Information

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

Anne B. Bertolini, BA
Program Coordinator, Cardiac Anesthesia
Boston Children's Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue, Bader 3
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-6225
Email: anne.bertolini@childrens.harvard.edu
Fax: 617-730-0799

To request an application or information about a fellowship in the Department of Anesthesia, please complete our online form.

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Boston Children's Hospital
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