- Fellows routinely works week days from 6:30am-5:00pm. However, they will work until the case is completed.
- Fellows will be on home beeper call one-two times a week and possibly one-two weekends a month.
- The 80-hour week rules will be maintained at all times.
- Fellows may take internal moonlighting OB Anes call for pay during their Research assigned time.
- Fellows will complete a monthly duty hours survey on New Innovations, and the Program Directors will review the report monthly.
- A lecture series or Grand Rounds, which covers topics relevant to, but not limited to, regional anesthesia will be held at least 12 times per year.
- A “Journal Club” (current literature review) will be held at least once monthly.
- Fellows should present articles at least twice in twelve months under the supervision of an attending anesthesiologist.
- A case conference specifically designed for fellows and supervised, or given, by a qualified faculty member shall occur at least once per month.
- Fellows shall be expected to deliver a Grand Rounds lecture including a relevant literature review at least once during the course of the fellowship.
- Fellows will routinely teach hands-on ultrasound-guided techniques to residents at a weekly workshop during their Lurie Pediatric rotations.
Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in clinical and/or laboratory research and will be given appropriate non-clinical time (one day a week) to fulfill these goals. There will be opportunities for the fellow to become involved in research already in progress or to develop an original project. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in current extramural funded (NIH) projects as well as other multidisciplinary and or multi-institutional funded studies. In either case, an appropriate attending anesthesiologist will be appointed to mentor and assist the fellow to facilitate these goals. The program director at each one of the sites (NMH, Lurie) will provide the mentorship for fellows during their fellowship year. The types of activities that would suffice as academic projects include a:
- research paper and/or case report submitted to a peer-review journal and presented;
- clinical chart review or a review article submitted to, and accepted by a peer-reviewed journal;
- book chapter or other endeavors;
- grant submission for extramural funding.
Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in regional anesthesia workshops at national meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Fellows will attend at least one national meeting (ASRA, IARS, ASA, or SPA).
Fellows will complete a formal 6-7 month rotation in adult regional anesthesia and acute pain management at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This rotation includes multimodal analgesic techniques such as neuraxial and peripheral nerve catheters, local anesthetics and narcotic infusions, and non-narcotic analgesic adjuvants with emphasis on indications, contraindications, side effects, potential complications, and daily management of patients on the acute pain service.
Fellows will complete a formal 5-6 month rotation in regional anesthesia and pediatric acute and chronic pain management at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This will include the use of multimodal analgesic management including the use of neuraxial techniques, peripheral nerve catheters as well as opioid infusions and non-opioid adjuvants with emphasis on indications, adverse effects, potential complications and everyday management of infusions. In addition, the fellow will be involved in the regional anesthesia service that will provide regional anesthesia techniques in infants, children and adolescents including head and neck bocks, upper and lower extremity blocks and truncal blocks, and thoracic and lumbar epidural catheters. Lastly, the fellow will be provided an opportunity to supervise anesthesia residents in anesthesia in the use of ultrasonography for peripheral and central neuraxial blocks.
In addition to McGaw Medical Center benefits, Adult & Pediatric Regional anesthesiology fellows receive:
- Memberships to the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) and American Society of Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
- Funding to attend the ASA, ASRA, SPA, or an Academic/Research meeting (The Department will fund a second meeting for fellows who present an abstract at an approved national scientific meeting).
- $700 Educational Fund
The Regional and Acute Pain Anesthesiology fellowship is currently an unaccredited program, so both American and international medical graduates may apply. All candidates must obtain an Illinois Temporary or Permanent License and have taken USMLE Step 3 prior to training.
To be considered for a fellowship position, please send the following application materials to Alison Mah.
- Fellowship Application
- A current curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation from anesthesiologists
- A letter of recommendation from the anesthesiology training program director or chair
- A copy of the medical school transcript
- The results of the two most recent ABA/ASA in-training examinations and USMLE Steps I-III exams.
- Copies of CA-1 and CA-2 Summative Performance Evaluations
- A brief statement explaining interest in pursuing a fellowship position
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR)
Candidates must obtain a Temporary or Permanent Illinois Medical License before starting their fellowship training. Licensing information and application can be found at www.idfpr.com. In order to apply for a permanent license, candidates must already have taken the USMLE Step III. Please be aware that it may take up to 60 days for IDFPR to process and grant an Illinois license.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
All international medical graduates must be certified by ECFMG before starting their fellowship training. Please refer to www.ecfmg.org for information about eligibility for the examination, fees, application, scheduling, and preparation. Candidates must submit documentation with an English translation. Photocopies of all examination results, letter/score results, and visa/citizenship papers must bear official seals and include dates and certificate numbers. If the applicant possesses a current visa, the status must include entry and expiration dates. IMGs must possess an ECFMG certificate before applying for a permanent medical license. McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University sponsors H1-B and J-1 Visas.
Contact Northwestern's Office of Graduate Medical Education:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
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Chicago, IL 60611
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