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Obstetric Anesthesia


The Obstetric Anesthesia fellow will typically complete the following rotations during the one-year fellowship:

Rotation Description
Obstetric Anesthesia
(Eight Months)

For each of the eight months in this rotation, the fellow will:

  • Be in charge of the high risk obstetrics consult service and play a key role in developing and implementing the anesthetic plan for the high risk parturient
  • Be involved in teaching the residents and medical students in labor and delivery
  • Assume Labor and Delivery Floor Manager responsibilities to include assigning appropriates cases to the residents, maintaining adequate plans for unexpected emergencies and mentoring senior residents
  • Have three supervised overnight call each month

In addition to our main tertiary care academic campus, the fellow also has the opportunity to spend time in a private practice environment at our smaller community hospital site.

(Three Months)

The fellow will spend a total of three months collaborating on a dedicated research project with their mentor as part of the research requirement for fellows. This includes navigating the IRB, subject enrollment, data collection, statistical analysis and write-up. The fellow will receive basic and/or advanced training in statistics and research design and will submit at least one abstract to a national meeting, such as the ASA or SOAP meetings.

Maternal Fetal Monitoring (MFM), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
(One Month)

The Fellow will spend two weeks each working with the staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Maternal Fetal Monitoring.

Clinical Expectations

In the clinical setting, the fellow will be expected to:

  • Instill competence and refine decision making in management of the high risk parturient
  • Develop critical judgement and proficiency in managing a parturient with comorbidities
  • Conduct research applicable to obstetric anesthesia and publish their results
  • Manage complex cases in obstetric anesthesia
  • Develop consultant-level mastery of the physiological and pharmacologic consequences of obstetric anesthesia
  • Serve as a consultant and a teacher for other anesthesiologists interested in obstetric anesthesia

Non-clinical Educational Opportunities

Besides attending clinical conferences affiliated with the department, the fellow will be given the opportunity to teach and supervise our residents. He/she is expected to:

  • Give two resident lectures as part of the resident didactic series
  • Conduct a monthly Journal Club for attendings and interested residents covering pertinent obstetric anesthesia topics

Contact Information

Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (Education Division)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus, Rabb 239
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
P: 617-667-5048
F: 617-667-5050