The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Washington is provides both one and two year fellowship opportunities in Obstetric Anesthesia. This will be dedicated to providing state-of the-art clinical training and expertise in labor analgesia, anesthesia for deliveries and management of high risk patients, as well as extensive research opportunities for those interested.
The Obstetric unit at UWMC is a tertiary referral center for five states (Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana). This results in an extremely diverse, high-risk patient population. We have an average of 2400 deliveries a year, with a 41% cesarean section rate and an 85%; epidural/CSE rate
Conditions that we deal with include:
Some of these patients need invasive monitoring including arterial, central venous and pulmonary artery catheters, which are usually placed by the anesthesia team.
The fellows will be highly encouraged to initiate and/or participate in clinical research and/or more basic science research. For those involved in the research program, a 2 year fellowship is also available (and highly encouraged). Other possible options are to combine an OB Anesthesia and Pain fellowship.
Research projects initiated by the OB anesthesia team currently evolve around the following topics:
The fellow is expected to give some of the didactics for the residents on the obstetric rotation, which take place three times a week. Occasional didactics to the obstetric medical students may also be required.
Involvement with obstetric team training and resident training in the simulator will be part of the fellow's responsibilities.
Education will occur during clinical practice supervised by Obstetric Anesthesiology Attendings, didactics, reading of recommended textbooks and publications and attendance at local and national meetings and seminars?Presence is required at weekly Wednesday morning Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds.
All fellows will be encouraged to participate at the annual meeting of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) and at the ASA. Non-clinical time and financial support will be provided for at least one conference.
The split between clinical and non-clinical time is 40% clinical 60% non-clinical.
Candidates with a strong interest in research and those who wish to commit to a 2 year fellowship may negotiate for more non-clinical time. 25% of the clinical responsibility will include functioning in the capacity of an Attending anesthesiologist on-call. This will involve taking late shifts on the obstetric unit and overnight call, covering the main operating room and obstetrics together. Advice and support will be readily available from senior faculty.
Calls: 3 week-nights/month + 1 call over the WE (Saturday-Sunday or holiday)
Clinical commitment of the OBA fellow:
Is mentored and supervised by Chief of OB division (Ruth Landau)
The application process for all the faculty fellowships requires that interested applicants send the following information:
Baya D. Walls
Faculty Fellowship Program Assistant
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of Washington, Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6540
phone: 206-221-3017 / fax: 206-543-2958
Dr. Ruth Landau, MD
UW Medical Center, Box 356540