Dan Fernandez, MD

  • Residency: Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Medical School: Indiana University
Dan Fernandez, MD

The Regional and Ambulatory Anesthesia fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis was an easy decision. Having been a resident at WashU, I saw the opportunities that the fellows had during my training. The regional education program as a resident was strong, and the educators are passionate about teaching. This was a large draw to this program, as I got to see the high-quality education the fellows were receiving first hand, as well as seeing what opportunities the fellows had upon completion of the program.

We have multiple sites offering different clinical experiences. Our downtown location with both the main (South) campus and the Center for Advanced Medicine (North) offer two different styles. Being at the academic center, they both offer chances for teaching and supervision of residents placing blocks, as well as some of our most challenging and unique block placements as fellows. Our community-based locations, the WashU Orthopedic Center in Chesterfield and soon-to-be Barnes West County, offer a more private practice feel with fast paced single shot and catheter based techniques. This variety of practice types offers training across the spectrum of potential practice locations. Time spent on the Acute Pain Service also offers a challenge, helping to organize and run a service that typically sees 20-40 inpatients at a time offers immense opportunities in both perioperative pain management and cooperation with our surgical colleagues.

St. Louis also offers excellent opportunities outside of the fellowship. I am a little biased, being from St. Louis, but in my education, I’ve had the chance to live in Dallas, South Bend, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. The primary draws for this city are affordability while not compromising what the city has to offer in terms of things to do when not performing fellowship duties.

Allison Yu, MD

  • Medical School: University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Residency: Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital

As a graduate of the residency program at Washington University, choosing to stay for fellowship was an easy choice. I had the advantage of working with the Regional and Ambulatory Anesthesia division for the last three years and saw the strength and variety of clinical experiences that were available. It was important to me to not only have training in regional blocks, but to be a clinician who could just as easily run an inpatient acute pain service to an ambulatory center. We work across a variety of settings from inpatient floors on the Acute Pain Service to placing regional blocks for healthy patients at our ambulatory surgery sites as well as complicated inpatients on the main campus. 

The faculty here have a diverse background and come from fellowships from many different institutions, which offers many different perspectives and regional techniques, such as using neurostimulation to augment ultrasound imaging. There is a robust curriculum online and it continues to be worked upon and improved. The faculty are not only invested in our education but are extremely helpful in future career planning, and I feel that after my fellowship it will be easy to find a job anywhere.

The department as a whole has also been incredibly supportive during the COVID pandemic, which makes me glad that I have remained here for my training.