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Fellowship Training Program:
Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesiology

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Washington Medical Center - Montlake (UWMC-ML) provides a one-year ACGME fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia (OBA). During this year fellows will learn and practice state-of the-art clinical care, including expertise in labor analgesia and the anesthetic management of high-risk pregnancies. Extensive research opportunities are available.

Scope of Clinical Practice

The obstetric unit at UWMC-ML is a tertiary referral center for the five WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). This results in an extremely diverse, high-risk patient population. In 2019 the UWMC-ML had the second highest UHC APR-DRG Severity of Illness Score for all deliveries in the United States. The division works closely with all divisions of medicine to provide an integrated team approach to manage complex cases. UWMC-ML has an average of 2000 deliveries a year, with a 41% cesarean delivery rate and an 85% CSE/epidural rate. For more information about the UW and Seattle in general, please enjoy these videos by the UW GME office.

Medically complicated conditions at the UWMC-ML include:

  • Chronic Hypertension, Pre-eclampsia with Severe Features, and HELLP Syndrome
  • Abnormal Placentation incuding Placenta Accreta Spectrum
  • Major Cardiac Disease
  • Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Transplant Patients
  • Extremes of Height and Weight
  • Cancer
  • Infectious Disease, including HIV
  • Polysubstance Abuse


Research is an integral part of the ACGME fellowship and protected time is given to fellows for their research project and a case report. Fellows are expected to present their research to the department as well as at appropriate national meetings.

Teaching & Education

The fellow is expected to take an active part of all the Division's teaching efforts for the residents on the rotation. Faculty lecture daily and workshops and boot camps, take place on selected dates. Presentations to other obstetric providers, such as obstetric residents and fellows, as well as nurses, may also be required later in the year.

Education takes place via clinical practice, supervised by an Obstetric Anesthesiology Attending, various didactic sessions, as well as reading recommended textbooks and publications. Attendance of local and national meetings is also vital to the educational process. Presence at the weekly Wednesday morning Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds (06:30-07:30) is expected.

All fellows will be encouraged to participate and present at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) annual meeting. Meeting time and academic allowance will be provided for at least one conference (SOAP preferred).

Clinical and Educational Responsibilities

  • With the oversight of the attending, supervise and teach residents on the obstetric anesthesia service

  • Under attending supervision, manage all high-risk OB anesthesia and pre-IVF consults in a weekly clinic

  • Take an active part in managing all high-risk obstetric patients

  • Be present and participate in the new residents’ orientation

  • Lead simulation sessions for residents at the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)

  • Review all event debrief forms and compile and disseminate OBA-related information with Plan-Do-Study-Act process when needed improvements are identified

  • Update one of the Division's existing policies

  • Collect and analyze family satisfaction data pertaining to OBA care and disseminate information

  • Prepare a grand rounds session to be presented after SOAP titled "What's New in Obstetric Anesthesia"

  • Two-week rotations with the following services: MFM, NICU, Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease, Transfusion Medicine

  • There is no required night or weekend call

  • Extra-Pay-For-Extra-Duty (moonlighting) available in the Main OR on evenings and weekends

Current Trainees

T32 Research Fellows
Dr. Fouzia Khalid

T32 Research Fellows
Dr. Vickie Hau

Fouzia Khalid, M.B., B.S., F.C.P.S.

Current position: Obstetric Anesthesia Fellow
University of Washington School of Medicine

Vickie Hau, M.D.

Current position: Obstetric Anesthesia Fellow
University of Washington School of Medicine





*Has completed an obstetric anesthesia fellowship
^Has completed a pain fellowship
+Has completed a regional anesthesia fellowship


As an ACGME fellow, the fellow is represented by the UW Housestaff Association Collective Bargaining Agreement. Details of the current contract as well as UW benefits can be found here. In addition to the listed benefits, the fellow will receive an academic fund of $1500 for purchase of books, conference registration fees, conference-related travel expenses, etc.

Application Process

All obstetric anesthesia programs in the US are now participating in the SF Match. Applicants must register as an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship applicant at in addition to sending their application materials to us. The common application and supplementary questions can also be found on the SOAP website. Applications can be submitted starting January 1, 2022, and will be considered until April 30, 2022, for the 2023-2024 academic year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person interviews are not permitted during the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are selected for an interview, it will be conducted entirely electronically. Applications are considered and interviews are offered on a rolling basis, so earlier submission of materials is encouraged. Interviews must be completed by June 1, 2022 to allow for submission of the match list prior to the deadline of June 15, 2022. The fellowship officially runs August 1 to July 31.         

Interested applicants should send the following:

Inquiries and applications should be directed to:

Valerie So
MSA & OBA Fellowship Specialist
University of Washington School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6540


Fellowship Director

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Emily M. Dinges, MD
Assistant Professor & Fellowship Director

UW Medical Center, Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195-6540
Pager: 206-797-2999

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