There are two one year, non-ACGME fellowship positions open to applicants who have completed an accredited anesthesiology residency training program and are board certified or board-eligible. The general goal is to provide advanced training in all aspects of regional anesthesia including the use of ultrasound guided techniques and the use of peripheral nerve catheters. Fellows will primarily learn from hands on training, but will also have the opportunity to gain experience teaching junior providers, while always being supervised by our fellowship trained faculty. Upon completion, fellows will be ready to create and supervise an acute pain service.

On average, the fellow will work clinically four days per week with one day dedicated to non-clinical/academic activities. Clinical work will be comprised of inpatient and outpatient regional anesthesia as well as time on the acute pain service. Fellows will also be expected to participate in an academic project during the fellowship year with the ultimate goal of publication and/or presentation at a national conference.

Clinical Education Goals

  • Develop expertise in the practice and theory of regional anesthesia.
  • Attain an expert level proficiency in all commonly performed peripheral, truncal and neuraxial blocks.
  • Assessment of anesthesia needs and options for patients having procedures in the ambulatory setting; develop anesthesia plan with necessary interventions to minimize risk.
  • Medical evaluation of patients from history and physical examination to determine anesthesia risks; establish benefits of regional anesthesia.
  • Understanding the medical benefits and advantages of regional anesthesia.
  • Recommendations and consultation in perioperative pain management, evaluation of regional anesthetic intervention in the management of acute postoperative pain.
  • Develop the techniques of regional anesthesia including understanding the specifics of anatomy involved in the performance of paravertebral blocks.
  • Application and supervision of appropriate treatment protocols.
  • Participate in research projects, presentations and teaching.

Training Locations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Center for Advanced Medicine
  • Washington University Orthopedics Center– Chesterfield
  • South County Surgery Center

Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of numerous research opportunities available either within the Department of Anesthesiology or in collaboration with other departments in the Medical Center. This may include attainment of a Master’s in Clinical Investigation during the fellowship.