The fellowship clinical experience comes through rotations divided into repeating cycles for a longitudinal experience, consisting of two weeks in an outpatient office-based practice, four weeks in the Interventional Suite and two weeks of chronic inpatient care interspersed with one-two week multidisciplinary experiences throughout the year. The multidisciplinary experiences include Psychiatry, Electrophysiology, Palliative Care, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Pediatric Pain, Neuro-radiology, and Neurosurgery.
Fellows who come from backgrounds other than Anesthesiology are additionally trained in the core concepts of Anesthesiology through a structured four-week rotation to develop basic competency and understanding of emergency airway management, neuraxial techniques and to develop basic familiarity with the use of local anesthetics, intravenous analgesics, and sedation techniques. All fellows participate in national cadaveric courses to enhance their understanding of advanced implantation techniques. Additional elective time may be arranged as well depending on the background and interests of the fellow.
In addition to clinical rotations, fellows are required to engage in an academic project in clinical or basic science for the year with faculty mentorship culminating in a presentation at the Academic Evening held each year by the Department of Anesthesiology, and/or other professional meetings. Participation in state and national meetings is highly encouraged, with meeting time and financial support provided. Additionally, all fellows present a grand rounds lecture for the Department of Anesthesiology.
The fellows also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Pain Faculty in the education of Anesthesia residents and medical students. This furthers their own skills to prepare them to be future consultants and role models as proficient teachers who demonstrate quality improvement and patient safety in the context of their everyday practice.