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Fellowship Training Program:
Faculty Fellowship Roles and Responsibilities

Introduction

The Faculty fellowship positions in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at UW have been created to provide an opportunity to combine teaching, education, and research with clinical service.

Appointment

Faculty fellows will be appointed with the title Acting Instructor and Senior Fellow.

Duration of Appointment

Faculty fellowship positions officially begin on September 1st each year and finish on August 31st the following year, or after two years in the case of a two-year fellowship position.

Faculty Fellows may negotiate to begin their appointment earlier than September 1st, however the finish date will remain August 31st. Fellows are advised that if they begin early they will receive benefits for the extra month only if the start date is the first of the month, due to Washington State law requirements. Time spent working additional months will be at the same stipend as during their fellowship training.

Fellows who start earlier than the official fellowship start date will undertake clinical work only, and additional clinical commitment undertaken during a period before the fellowship officially starts may not be rolled over into the fellowship year. Fellows should ensure health care coverage (COBRA) between the completion of their previous employment and start of their faculty fellowship (e.g., travel days or other days in between).

Fellows who start earlier than the official fellowship start date will be assigned to clinical work in the ORs for four days per week AND three 15-hour call periods per month. Fellows who are unfamiliar with the UW hospitals will be provided with a comprehensive orientation before being assigned to overnight call and, if appropriate, supervision of residents and CRNAs. During this time fellows will receive the same stipend as during their fellowship training.

The clinical work expected of faculty fellows who start before the official fellowship start date is four (10 hour) days per week. There is no call requirement during this time except faculty fellows may be required to undertake ONE, "W" (10-hr Saturday day shift) per month. (This will include a period of orientation as required). Fellows who are unfamiliar with the UW hospitals will be provided with a comprehensive orientation before being assigned to overnight call and, if appropriate, supervision of residents and CRNAs.

Faculty Fellow Responsibilities

Faculty fellows responsibilities will involve a 40 /60* division of time between clinical service work (40%) and fellowship activities (such as working with their faculty supervisors and mentors, teaching and research) (60%).

* In certain cases this time may be flexible or negotiable depending on the educational needs and research interests of the individual fellow, and particularly if the fellow wishes to undertake a two-year commitment.

Clinical Service Work (40%)

Faculty fellows will work in the capacity as a junior faculty (acting instructor) in the operating rooms at UWMC and HMC or the appropriate consult service (pain, ICU, OB etc.). In this role the faculty fellow will work as an attending anesthesiologist supervising CRNAs, supervising and teaching residents, and on occasions as a solo attending for their own cases. The junior faculty commitment will consist of 92 clinical days (920 credits) in the OR and (in addition) three 15-hour in-house calls (495 credits) per month.

As a faculty clinician, faculty fellows will have membership and employment with University of Washington Physicians (UWP) and must obtain medical staff privileges at University of Washington affiliated hospitals. Information on the credentialing and orientation process is provided in the orientation policy. Faculty fellows will be employed as an Associate with incentive. Incentive pay will consist of evening or overnight/weekend OR call beyond the expected clinical day commitment and three in-house calls. Incentive is distributed twice yearly on October 1 (for January-June credits) and April 1 (for July-December credits).

Fellowship Activities (60%)

Academic activities that faculty fellows undertake will vary depending on the type of fellowship being pursued. (See relevant goals and objectives for each fellowship). These activities may include working clinically in the subspecialty area related to the fellowship, being supervised and taught by the fellowship directors for the relevant subspecialty, undertaking research, teaching residents, developing curricula etc.

Vacation

Fellows receive 23 work week vacation days per year. A maximum of two weeks' vacation may be taken at any one time.

Academic Expectations and Certification

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 complete the fellowship training.

Faculty Fellows are expected to complete 12 months (or 24 months for those on a two-year fellowship) in order to receive their Certificate of Completion of Training. Fellows who take a leave of absence for longer than the 23 work week vacation days will need to make up the time at the end of fellowship to qualify for the Certificate of Completion of Training. Any time made up will be at the same salary level as during the faculty fellowship period.

Faculty fellows will receive an annual academic allowance of $1500; details of acceptable uses of the academic fund may be obtained from the Departments administrative office.

Faculty Fellows will be given a certain amount of flexibility over arranging their vacation and clinical service days; however they are expected to spend as much time as possible working in their fellowship subspecialty area. This may require them to dedicate specific days each week to fellowship-related activities.

Academic Projects

All faculty fellows are expected to complete at least one academic project during their fellowship. The academic project is defined as a scholarly work in areas of education, research (basic/clinical/translational), health care economics/administration, bioethics, quality assurance/improvement, or safety.

All faculty fellows are expected to attend faculty fellow seminars, complete at least one academic project during their fellowship, and present their scholarly work at the annual Departmental Spring Academic Evening.

Grand Rounds

Faculty fellows will be expected to attend 50% of the departmental Grand Rounds meetings as part of the requirements to receive the certificate of completion.

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UW School of Medicine designates the Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Grand Rounds for a maximum of 41.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. (Each session is 1.0 credits).

Academic Evenings

Four academic evenings will be held during the year for the faculty fellows. Three of these evenings will be a mixture of social and academic activities and will be organized by different faculty members. The fourth is the departmental Spring Academic Evening where the fellows will present their academic project. The dates of these meetings will be published in advance and faculty fellows are expected to attend.

Orientation

All faculty fellows are required to complete an orientation at or just before their official start date. Details of the orientation process are described in the Faculty Fellows’ Orientation Policy. Fellows will not be able to undertake their full clinical responsibilities until the orientation is completed and documentation signed by the service chief responsible for the fellow.

Salary

The annual full-time base salary will be $110,004. Fellows who have previously completed an ACGME-approved fellowship (or an equivalent period of overseas training) will receive an additional $10,000. As a University of Washington employee, fellows are eligible for University-paid benefits including access to a medical and dental program options, term life insurance coverage and a long-term disability plan. University employee-paid benefits also include a retirement plan whereby the University matches contributions of the employee up 10% depending on age.

Requirement for Non-US Graduates
and International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates interested in the fellowship 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: http://www.usmle.org

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.