St. Louis Children’s Hospital is one of the premier children’s hospitals in the United States and serves as the pediatric teaching hospital for anesthesia residents and fellows at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children’s 402-bed facility makes it one of the premier children’s hospitals in the United States. Annually, St. Louis Children’s receives approximately 275,000 patients, with around 50,000 of them coming by way of the emergency department. Some of the major facilities include 15 operating suites, a 40‐bed PICU with 31-bed Heart Center and a 122-bed Level 4 NICU.
Approximately 20,000 anesthetics are administered each year to children of all ages, surgical conditions, and severity of illness. All surgical subspecialties are represented, including cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, orthopedic surgery, and major craniofacial surgery. We also provide a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic acute and chronic pain services, including both postoperative pain management and outpatient clinics, as well as two St. Louis Children’s Specialty Care Centers (West County and South County).
Washington University School of Medicine’s medical campus is located in the historic Central West End community of St. Louis, across the street from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation. Forest Park is home to the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, the History Museum and the Art Museum. The medical campus is also a short distance away from the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Arch, and Laclede’s Landing.
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellows Bootcamp
February 25, 2023
St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine
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The fellowship is directed by Dr. Ashley Weinhold. Our pediatric faculty have diverse training backgrounds with the majority having board certification in pediatric anesthesiology and many with certification in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and medicine. Our research interests are primarily clinical and educational research.
Our faculty are all members of the Department of Anesthesiology who provide clinical services for anesthesia at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Our anesthesia and pain services include the provision of inpatient and ambulatory anesthesia for infants and children in the general operating rooms, at locations within St. Louis Children’s including diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, and the cardiac catheterization laboratory. In addition, we service satellite locations on our BJC medical campus (radiation and proton therapy, intraoperative MRI). In addition, there are two Children’s Specialty Care Centers—West County and South County—which both operate as outpatient surgical centers in a free-standing ambulatory center to serve the surrounding community.
The Fellowship Experience
The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship program is a one-year program with five available positions each year. During the 12-month program, fellows rotate through various rotations including general pediatric anesthesia, pediatric acute pain management and regional anesthesia, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, pediatric critical care, and ambulatory pediatric anesthesia. In addition, fellows have one month of elective time.
Fellows will have the opportunity to take care of complex NICU patients, stabilize trauma patients, participate in fetal surgeries, and take care of children receiving organ transplants (kidney, liver, heart, lung and combined transplants) in addition to caring for children coming in for both outpatient procedures and complex surgical operations. By the time a fellow has reached the end of their year at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, they will have truly seen it all.
Adult & Pediatric Pain Dual Fellowship Opportunity
The Department of Anesthesiology and Washington University School of Medicine, together with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, sponsor an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Anesthesiology Pain Medicine. There is now an option for a pediatric-focused track through this training program. The fellow on this combined track will care for both children and adults experiencing acute and chronic pain. Learn more
Each block is 4 weeks; 13 blocks total.
- 6 blocks general pediatric OR
- 2 blocks pediatric cardiac anesthesia
- 2 blocks pediatric acute pain management and regional anesthesia
- 1 block pediatric critical care
- 1 block-elective
- 1 block ambulatory pediatric anesthesia
Fellows are given opportunities to pursue research activities, collaborate with faculty, and present at division conferences. They are strongly encouraged to submit their work to national conferences, particularly the annual Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology meeting. Pediatric fellows also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and co-fellows on Quality Improvement projects within the division.
Faculty are highly involved in all aspects of the program. Our division faculty includes recognized experts in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, pain management, and patient simulation education. Fellows are paired with a faculty mentor within the first two months of fellowship to assist with career guidance and matriculation through the program.
The program has strived to keep fellow education at the forefront of the training experience. To that end, there are several unique educational experiences that are offered to our fellows:
Pediatric Anesthesia Curriculum Review Series (PACRS) – developed by Drs. Young and Weinhold to serve as a pediatric anesthesiology board review curriculum for fellows, this program utilizes a flipped classroom approach to review topics from the ABA content outline followed by a weekly in-person interactive meeting with faculty.
Workshops – fellows participate in hands-on workshops covering regional anesthesia (including scanning with live pediatric models), vascular access, one lung ventilation, and other important topics.
Cadaver lab – fellows participate in an adult cadaver lab specifically reviewing neuraxial techniques.
Simulation – the campus has multiple state-of-the-art simulation labs. Fellows participate in simulation scenarios multiple times throughout the year to aid in the learning and evaluation process.
Oral Board Prep – fellows receive dedicated didactics for ABA oral board and OSCE review by meeting weekly with faculty from January to March and participating in round table mock exams.
Division conferences – the division has weekly conference that include topics such as Journal Club (monthly), M&M (monthly), faculty presentations and other invited guest speakers. Fellows also participate in morning conference by presenting during the year.
Departmental Grand Rounds (weekly)
Visit gme.wustl.edu to learn more about stipend amounts; for details regarding insurance and other benefits, visit hr.wustl.edu/benefits/change/hire/clinical-fellows-trainees.
The division offers a discretionary fund for fellows to use for books and training-related expenses. Travel funds for fellows are also available to attend the annual SPA conference if they have submitted an abstract.
Fellows receive 15 vacation days, 5 floating vacation days, and up to 5 meeting days (to attend conferences etc.). In addition, fellows receive time to work on their QI and research projects.