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Fellowship Training Program
at UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine offers a wide variety of clinical and research orientated fellowship training opportunities. We offer fellowships in all the subspecialty areas certified by the ACGME and in addition a variety of innovative faculty-fellowship positions.

ACGME Accredited Fellowships

The ACGME is responsible for the organization and oversight of graduate medical education in the US and currently accredits subspecialty training in 4 disciplines. Pain, Pediatric Anesthesia, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, and Critical Care. Our Pain, Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care fellowships have been long established and are all fully accredited for the maximum 5 years allowed by the ACGME. Our Cardiothoracic Anesthesia fellowship was very well established and highly successful before the ACGME began accrediting CT anesthesia and was one of the first programs to be accredited by the ACGME when this new fellowship came in to being several years ago.

ACGME-Accredited Fellowships:

Non-ACGME Accredited Faculty Fellowships

The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine has developed a number of exciting and innovative training opportunities for individuals who wish to gain advanced clinical and academic experience working with nationally and internationally renowned experts in subspecialty areas of anesthesiology. Our faculty fellowship positions are highly competitive and offer one- and two-year experiences in the subspecialty areas of:

Post-Residency Post-ACGME-Accredited Fellowship
2012 Faculty Fellows
2013 Faculty Fellows

Other fellowships which may be considered include quality and safety, education, sleep medicine, geriatric anesthesia, and operating room management. For more information regarding these programs, contact Dr. Samuel Sharar, Faculty Fellowship Program Director, at

The overall educational goals of the faculty fellowship positions are to provide advanced clinical and academic training and education in a particular subspecialty of anesthesia, and the opportunity to engage in clinical work as a junior faculty member. Our faculty fellowships are beneficial both for anesthesiologists contemplating an academic career, and those considering private practice, providing additional depth to their background in this increasingly competitive job market.

Educational Activities

Our faculty fellows spend 60% of their time engaged in fellowship-related educational activities including:

  • Supervised clinical activities
  • Training with our faculty experts, many of whom have national and international reputations
  • Clinical research and other scholarly activities
  • Teaching residents
  • Developing educational curricula
  • Quality improvement

Further details of individual educational goals and objectives and training opportunities may be obtained from the individual fellowship pages:

The following will give you a sample of some of the projects the fellows of 2012-2013 accomplished:

Please follow this ITHS Career Development Series to learn about career development and the conduct of clinical research:

To fulfill their requirement of responsible conduct of research, all our faculty fellows complete the CITI web-based training by taking the combined social behavioral and biomedical course:


Clinical Activities

Forty percent of fellowship time is spent as a junior attending with clinical, supervisory and in-house call commitments. This clinical work provides recent residency program graduates an opportunity to practice independently and develop their own style of clinical practice with expert mentorship close at hand. It provides more seasoned graduates the chance to maintain their clinical practice skills caring for some of the most complex and high-acuity cases in the region.

Start Date

All faculty fellowship positions begin on September 1st and are completed on August 31st the next year or two years. Fellows may negotiate an earlier commencement date for clinical experience to become oriented to the UW operating rooms, clinical practice and systems; however the completion date will remain August 31st. The additional months will be spent in predominately clinical work. The formal fellowship training will begin on September 1st.

Certification of Completion of Training

Faculty fellowships are not accredited by the ACGME; however the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine will provide a Certification of Completion of Training for all faculty fellows who successfully complete the fellowship program. Faculty fellows are expected to complete 12 months (or 24 months for those in a two-year fellowship) in order to receive their Certificate of Completion of Training.

Faculty fellows will receive an annual academic allowance of $1500; details of acceptable uses of this academic fund may be obtained from the department's administrative office. Full details are available on the of the Faculty Fellowship Roles and Responsibilities page.

Eligibility and Application Process

Applicants must have completed residency in an accredited graduate training program and passed all three steps of the USMLE to be eligible for consideration.

The application process for all the faculty fellowships requires that interested applicants send the following information:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Applications: Please access the specific fellowship program for more information and an application
  • Letter of intent/personal statement
  • Three current reference letters, including one from the residency program director or current director
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • Copy of anesthesia degree (if applicable)
  • Current medical license
  • USMLE all three steps
  • ECFMG documentation (if applicable)
  • Documentation supporting citizenship status (if applicable)

Inquiries and applications should be directed to:

Faculty Fellowship Program Assistant
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of Washington, Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6540

fax: 206-543-2958

The next deadline for applications to the faculty fellowship program is December 1, 2018 for positions beginning in the fall of 2019. Preference will be given to applicants completing their application before this date, and to applicants for two-year positions. For off-cycle application questions please contact Program Assistant (see above) or Faculty Fellowship Program Director (see below).

Additional information may be required by the individual fellowships. Please refer to each fellowship specific webpage by the links.

Requirement for Non-US Graduates
and International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates interested in the faculty fellowship positions must provide evidence that they have graduated from a medical school accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO), successfully completed a residency in anesthesiology, and hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in their country of residence.

The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine will sponsor an H1B Visa for highly qualified candidates wishing to undertake a faculty fellowship, with preference given to those candidates undertaking a two-year program.

In order to qualify for an H1B Visa, applicants who are graduates of foreign medical schools must have completed ALL STEPS OF USMLE.  For more information about the USMLE see:

Candidates must be able to communicate proficiently in English. The Department may require TOEFL certification for graduates if their native language is not English. Since the H1B visa application process takes a minimum of six months, International medical graduates with the required qualifications are encouraged to apply for a fellowship position at least eight months to one year ahead of their anticipated start date.

Training in Seattle

Learn about life and training in Seattle. Visit our GME's website for Prospective Residents and Fellows.

Questions or Comments

If you have questions about the fellowships please contact the Director of Faculty Fellowships:

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Samuel Sharar, MD
Director of Faculty Fellowships,
Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine Harborview Medical Center

Box 359724
325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
206-744-5765 (office)
206-405-9028 (pager)
206-744-8090 (fax)

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