Obstetrical Anesthesiology Fellowship

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We offer one Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship position per year.

Overview: The University of Chicago obstetric service serves a high-risk population, serving as the tertiary care center for much of the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and even parts of neighboring Indiana. The majority of our patients have high-risk maternal and/or fetal conditions, making our patient population particularly apt for fellowship level training.

Clinical Rotations: The Obstetric Anesthesiology fellow completes clinical rotations in the Family Birth Center of The University of Chicago, which includes the Labor & Delivery Unit, the obstetric operating rooms, and the ante- and postpartum floors. The fellow assumes direct patient care, and supervises and teaches residents and medical students. The fellow participates in multi-disciplinary rounds every day. He or she evaluates patients from the Maternal Fetal Medicine high-risk clinic in consultation with obstetric colleagues, coordinating care with the Maternal Fetal Medicine service, all appropriate consults, and the nursing service, to design comprehensive plans for labor and delivery in high-risk patients. The fellow spends one month in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, under the tutelage of an anesthesiologist who specializes in Critical Care Medicine, one month on the Maternal Fetal Medicine service, and another in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Additional rotations include Focused Cardiac Ultrasound and Transfusion Medicine.

Didactics: The fellow participates in daily resident lectures and attends a weekly fellow-level lecture-discussion, sometimes with Maternal Fetal Medicine or other fellows, sometimes one-on-one with a member of the faculty with expertise in obstetric anesthesia. The fellow will take the University’s Perinatal Network Fetal Heart Rate Interpretation course and the American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program course. This is in addition to multidisciplinary morbidity and mortality conferences and journal clubs, and departmental grand rounds, and workshops on ultrasound and airway management skills development.

Research: The fellow has protected time 1-2 days per week for pursuing research and other academic interests. In addition, the Health Studies Department presents weekly clinics related to research topics (e.g., design, implementation, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, grants procurement, etc.), open to fellows. It is expected that the fellow, under the mentorship of the faculty, will design, implement, analyze and publish in abstract and manuscript form, one research project.

The faculty:
Principal faculty from the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care:
Barbara M. Scavone, MD, Program Director
Jennifer E. Hofer, MD
Jennifer Banayan, MD
Jerome Klafta, MD
P. Allan Klock, MD
Mohammed Minhaj, MD
Michael F. O’Connor, MD

Principal multidisciplinary faculty:
Abbe Kordik, MD, Obstetrics
Sarosh Rana, MD, Obstetrics/Maternal Fetal Medicine
William Meadows , MD, Neonatology

Please complete an application and e-mail your application, three letters of recommendation (one which is from your Program Director) and all In-Training Exam scores to Theresa Cumming at TCumming@dacc.uchicago.edu. Please address questions concerning the fellowship to the Program Director Barbara Scavone, MD at BScavone@dacc.uchicago.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!