Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

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Program Description

Our ACGME-accredited fellowship program accepts up to eight fellows annually.  The program is structured to meet the requirements for subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology.  The core of the training program involves the care of pediatric patients in the operating rooms, other anesthetizing locations and intensive care units, and includes out-of-OR anesthetics, pre-anesthesia evaluation, post-anesthesia care, pain management and advanced life support for neonates, infants and children.  Additional training in research, or advanced clinical care in pediatric cardiovascular anesthesia, pediatric pain medicine, or pediatric critical care medicine may be available to the qualified candidate.


Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Other Facilities

The 296-bed, freestanding Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) is affiliated with the training programs of the Medical College of Wisconsin.  It is the largest pediatric hospital in the state of Wisconsin, and the only Wisconsin center offering advanced fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology.  Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has been ranked #4 in the nation by Parents magazine through its Best Children's Hospitals survey, February 2013!!  This is the third time Children's Hospital has made the Parents top-10 list.  Preemie and newborn, emergency, orthopedic, heart, pulmonary and cancer care specialties all ranked in the top 10.

It serves a geographic area comprising parts of four other states.  CHW and an affiliated surgicenter provide a full range of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. The CHW facilities include a day surgery area, preoperative clinic, two PACU areas with 16 beds, a hybrid cath lab, and 17 operative suites on two floors.  Anesthesia services are routinely provided in several additional locations including interventional radiology, CT, MRI, ERCP, and radiation therapy.  The Jane B Pettit Pain and Palliative Care Center, located in the Clinics Building on the CHW campus, accommodates over 1500 outpatient visits annually, as well as supporting the Acute Pain Service faculty.

The nearby Surgicenter of Greater Milwaukee includes a 6-room operative suite with associated day surgery and PACU areas.

In all, over 24,000 anesthetics and sedations are performed annually by the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, ranking our program among the nation's largest and busiest academic pediatric centers.

We currently have over 30 faculty members. Many have dual certifications in Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, or advanced certification in Critical Care or Pain Medicine.

 Eligibility Requirements

Fellows typically begin training in July or August, although off-cycle positions may be available.

Candidates for fellowship positions must be enrolled in the certification process or be certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology or the equivalent before fellowship training begins.

In addition, candidates will need:

  • an unrestricted Wisconsin Medical License
  • a current DEA certificate
  • proof they have passed the USMLE step 3 examination
 Application and Selection Process

Applications will be accepted through August 2015, or until all positions are filled.

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship of the Medical College of Wisconsin participates in the NRMP Anesthesiology Fellowship Match.  We are accepting either the Common Fellowships Application, available on the SPA website or the MCWAH GME Application Form.

Required application documents include the following, which may be forwarded to the Fellowships Coordinator, Orlando Diaz:

  1. Common Fellowships Application or MCWAH GME Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation - addressed Dr. Susan Staudt, Program Director
  5. Copy of Medical School Diploma
  6. Copy of USMLE scores
  7. ECFMG certificate – if applicable

Interested applicants should plan to register for the NRMP match.  Please note the following:

  1. You may submit either application form to us at any time through August 2015.  We will accept forms electronically, via mail, or via fax.
  2. Applicants are free to interview with any other programs of interest until rank lists are due, and will NOT be asked for an early decision.  Please do not accept an interview date with us at MCW/CHW unless you intend to register for the NRMP match.
  3. If you have interviewed with us and accept a position elsewhere outside the Match, please a) withdraw from the match and b) notify us of your decision.
  4. NRMP Match registration typically opens in June.  Final ranking lists are normally due by late September, and Match Day is expected to take place in early October. Please visit the NRMP website for their official list of important dates in 2015.
 Fellowship Interview Information

Welcome!  If you have received an invitation to interview for our Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship, we congratulate you on your hard work and are eager to learn more about you.  

Upon receipt of an invitation, please conact Orlando Diaz (Fellowships Coordinator) at 414-805-6104 or anesthfellows@mcw.edu to schedule an interview date and communicate your exact travel plans.  Please note that we expect to arrange a dinner for candidates on the night prior to your interview day; candidates are advised to arrive at the hotel by 6pm in order to facilitate travel as a group.

Interviews are expected to take place from May through August.  Available interview dates will be posted here; please contact us directly to confirm availability.

After you have scheduled your interview date, we will arrange a hotel reservation for you. We are pleased to provide complimentary hotel accommodations for one night. The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology will cover the cost of the room only, at our selected hotel. Please be aware that any additional hotel expenses you incur during your stay will be your responsibility and will be charged to your personal credit card. 

Transportation from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport to the hotel is your responsibility.  You are free to select a rental vehicle, taxi, Go Riteway shuttle service, or make other arrangements.  When available, the hotel’s shuttle can transport you to our campus on your interview day.

In an attempt to help applicants interview efficiently and cost effectively, we are coordinating with the other regional fellowship programs (Chicago and Indianapolis) to offer contiguous interview dates around selected weekends.  If you have a need to coordinate appointments not met by the schedule, please contact us!

 

 Employment Terms/Conditions/Benefits
  • Stipends are determined annually and minimums are posted on the MCWAH Web site; the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Department of Anesthesiology supplement the fellowship stipend beyond the MCWAH posted PGY level.
  • Call rooms, meals, and laundry services
  • Professional liability insurance:  The MCW Professional Risk Management Department coordinates the professional liability self-insurance program and assures liability coverage with the Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund in excess of the primary annual limits of $1,000,000 per incident and $3,000,000 in the aggregate.
  • We provide 15 days of vacation and 5 days of sick time of personal leave (this is the maximum permitted by the ABA).
    • See MCW Benefits for additional information regarding vacations, leaves and insurance.

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows receive $2500 of departmental monies to support professional expenses during the one-year fellowship program.  Presenting funds of up to an additional $1500 are also available.

Other: The department provides a textbook, coat, and custom precordial stethoscope.

Meeting time: 5 meeting days are allotted for education; meetings must be approved by the Program Director.

Non-clinical time: Varies by service and individually demonstrated need; one day is allotted for each OR month.

Fellows in good academic standing are permitted a month of elective time to customize training (See Rotations).

Please review the following information about the terms, conditions and benefits of employment:

Stipend amounts for the 2015 – 2016 Academic Year:

  • PGY-IV, $60,440
  • PGY-V, $63,500
  • PGY-VI, $65,540
  • PGY-VII, $67,580
  • PGY-VIII, $68,800
 Clinical Education and Rotations

Fellows have weekday clinical responsibilities as well as an on-call schedule.  Most call is taken from home for index level cases, with about one overnight, midweek call per month.  Weekend, morning call is designed to provide trainees with off-hours supervisory experience.

Main OR (6 months*)  Fellows are exposed to the full array of pediatric cases, including out-of-OR experiences.  Fellows have priority for index and interesting or challenging cases.  Throughout this time, fellows are scheduled for two weeks of perioperative medicine* that provide an opportunity to supervise, run the board, participate in remote anesthesia, staff the PACU and preop areas, or to focus on special techniques such as elective practice of advanced airway techniques.  In addition, some vacation time* is typically taken from this block.

Cardiac Anesthesia (2 months)  Fellows rotate in two cardiac OR’s, the cath lab, bedside PICU procedures, cardiac MRI, and occasionally into general OR’s for CV patients having non-CV surgery.  Fellows can expect to complete about 15 cardiopulmonary bypass cases each month.

Pain Service (1 month)  Fellows develop independent skills managing a comprehensive, acute, inpatient pain service.  In addition, focused experience with regional blocks can be arranged.  The outpatient clinic provides an introduction to chronic pain management, as well as exposure to adjuvant therapies including acupuncture, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (1 month)  Fellows typically rotate two weeks on the post surgical, 4th floor ICU, and two weeks on the acute cardiac, 3rd floor ICU.  Fellows function as integral team members in a role equivalent to the junior pediatric fellow.  There is direct patient care and on-call responsibility.  PICU faculty provide a didactic curriculum and daily bedside teaching.

Electives (1 month)  Typically booked as two, 2-week elective slots.  The fellow may choose additional time in CV, pain service, or in neonatology critical care.  Additionally, some fellows arrange for ‘away rotations’ or an international medicine experience with one of our many participating faculty.  Research and other elective options are available with approval from the Program Director.

 Didactics

Fellows Conference is held every Monday from 7 to 8:15am.  Core topics, chapter reviews, PBLD’s and case discussions, and oral boards preparation are included within this fellow level conference.  Presented by departmental faculty, visiting speakers, and the fellows (chapter reviews).

QA Conference is held at 6:30am each Friday; faculty moderate on topics and cases from our practice; each fellow moderates at least once during the year.

Evening Seminar Series: workshops, professor's rounds, journal clubs and some guest speaker seminars are held in the evenings at 5pm about 15 times throughout the year; a light meal is provided.  The emphasis is on discussion and professional development.

MCW Departmental Visiting Professor Series: 5pm and 6:30am, Thursday and Friday, respectively; 4-5 per year.  A robust series of invited speakers of national repute.  Topics are timely, often controversial.  The Visiting Professor Series is taped and available online via the ANGEL online learning network.

Cardiac Multidisciplinary Conferences are held several times per month; these include a weekly cath conference, as well CV QI, journal club and reviews of core cardiac lesions.

Simulation  Eight simulator sessions are held from 3-6pm throughout the year; the first session completes PALS training.  Simulation training occurs at our STAR center, or with the mobile SimBaby™.

Additional Opportunities:  Daily there is a robust series of lecture topics.  Fellows participate when they are able and PICU, pain service, and the elective month offer opportunities to attend pediatric grand rounds, noon case conferences, etc.  In some years, the fellows organize additional oral boards study and practice sessions.

 Pediatric Faculty

Aruna Ahluwalia, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College - Manipal, Ka, India
Internship: Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Internal Medicine
Residencies: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Neurology; Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, Saint Louis, MO, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital, MO, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Richard J. Berens, MD
Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Department of Surgery; Associate Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residencies: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatrics; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Anesthesiology

Steven Butz, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Residency: Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Fellowship: Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Rose Campise-Luther, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Johannes Gutenberg University-Mainz, Germany
Residency: University of Illinois-Chicago
Fellowship: University of Illinois-Chicago, Pediatric Anesthesiology

William R. Clarke, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine & Children's Hospital and Medical Center: Pediatrics
Fellowship: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Yulia Demidovich, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Residency: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Christina Diaz, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Pediatrics
Associate Residency Program Director
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Herodotos Ellinas, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center, Medicine/Pediatrics; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Neil E. Farber, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Doctor of Philosophy: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pharmacology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Predoctoral Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Heart Association and Medical Scientist Training Program
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Roger A. Fons, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin: Family Medicine and Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Amy Henry, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospitals, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital of Boston, MA, Anesthesiology

Jennifer Hickman, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowships: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pain

George Hoffman, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care; Medical Director and Chief, Pediatric Anesthesiology; Associate Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
Residencies: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Pediatrics; Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, Anesthesiology
Fellowships: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Pediatric Anesthesiology; Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Critical Care Med

Latha N. Kampalath, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Calicut, India
Residencies: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, Pediatrics; University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Cleveland, OH

Fahim Kazi, MD
Assistant Professor Anesthesiology
Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Kimberly Khan, PsyD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychologist
Doctor of Psychology: Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, CA

Kristen Labovsky, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Lindsey M. Loveland Baptist, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Michael J. Malan, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Lester T. Proctor, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Susan Retzack, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residencies: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatrics; University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Franklin J. Ruiz, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Universidad de Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Fellowship: Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Lynn M. Rusy, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Residency: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Pediatric Anesthesiology

John (Jake) Scott, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison
Residencies: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatrics; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Mary A. Setlock, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Residency: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Daniel A. Siker, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California, San Francisco, Pediatrics and Anesthesiology
Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco

Susan R. Staudt, MD, MSEd
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
Concurrent Master's in Adult Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Residencies: Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, Pediatrics; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Anesthesiology; University of Pennsylvania Health System, Critical Care Medicine & Pediatric Anesthesiology
Fellowships: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pediatric Anesthesia, Cardiac Anesthesia, and Critical Care

Tatyana C. Strong, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical Student Core Curriculum Clerkship Director
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Astrid G. Stucke, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Heidelberg, Germany
Residencies: University of Heidelberg Hospital, Germany, Anesthesiology; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Anesthesiology
Fellowships: University of Heidelberg, Germany, Research Fellowship, Physiology; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Research Fellowship, Respiratory Physiology; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Eckehard Stuth, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology; Director of Cardiac Anesthesia
Medical School: University of Heidelberg, West Germany
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Research

Vaqaruddin M. Syed, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Internship: VA Medical Center, Des Moines, IA, General Surgery
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Susan Taylor, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Eastern VA Medical School, Norfolk
Residency: University of VA Medical Center, Charlottesville
Fellowship: University of VA Medical Center, Charlottesville, Pain and Regional Anesthesia

Todd J. Troshynski, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha
Residencies: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatrics; University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Jaya Varadarajan, MBBS, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: Bangalore Medical College, India
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Anesthesiology
Fellowships: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pediatric Anesthesiology; Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Pain Management

Eric Walbergh, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical School: University of CA, San Diego
Residencies: University of CA, San Diego, Pediatrics and Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Steven Weisman, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics; Jane B. Pettit Chair in Pain Management
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Residencies: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics; University of CT, Farmington, Anesthesiology
Fellowships: American Cancer Society / Indiana University School of Medicine, Clinical Fellow; Indiana University School of Medicine, Pediatric Hem/Onc; Indiana University School of Medicine, Public Health Service Trainee; Yale University Medical Center, Pediatric Anesthesiology

 Research and Additional Training Opportunities

An optional 6 to 12 months training provides the interested candidate with additional clinical expertise in cardiac anesthesiology, pain management, or critical care.  This training can be pursued within a 2nd ACGME fellowship, or informally in addition to a part-time clinical appointment.


Alternatively a candidate may pursue training in basic science or clinical research.  Basic science research in anesthesiology and related areas of physiology and pharmacology is conducted at several sites and is under the direction of David C. Warltier, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Other 2nd year fellowship opportunities:  The Program offers qualified fellows the option of complete, additional, non-ACGME training as a faculty-instructor, with dedicated protected time for focused career development.  Opportunities exist to specialize in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology and quality/safety management.  These opportunities are available to qualified fellows who apply either at the time of initial interview, or during their CHW fellowship year.  Exceptional outside candidates will be considered as availability permits.  For further information, please contact:  Susan Staudt, MD, Fellowship Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology (sstaudt@mcw.edu).

 Integrated Fellowship: Pediatrics and Pain

Information for the Integrated Fellowship: Pediatrics and Pain

For more information about the MCW Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program, please contact:


Medical Education Coordinator:
Orlando Diaz

Tel: (414) 805-6104
Fax: (414) 805-5915
anesthfellows@mcw.edu

Program Director:
Susan Staudt, MD, MSEd
Tel:  (414) 266-3560
Fax: (414) 266-6092
sstaudt@mcw.edu

Mailing Address:
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at MCW
9000 W. Wisconsin Ave
PO Box 1997, MS 735
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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