The Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship program at Wake Forest School of Medicine allows fellows to gain clinical expertise in the care of high risk obstetric patients. They develop proficiency in teaching residents and medical students while simultaneously honing their research skills.
Our fellowship curriculum focuses on clinical rotations and patient care. We provide obstetric anesthesia services for 6,500-7,000 women who deliver in Forsyth County, North Carolina; approximately one half of our patients are admitted to the high risk service of Wake Forest Maternal Fetal Medicine which serves as the tertiary obstetric referral center for the western half of North Carolina.
Why Train at Wake Forest?
All deliveries in Forsyth County, North Carolina take place in the Maya Angelou Center for Women's Health and Wellness at Forsyth Medical Center, where obstetric anesthesia services are provided by Wake Forest’s Department of Anesthesiology. We have 6,500 - 7,000 deliveries annually, and we provide labor analgesia and/or delivery anesthesia for approximately 80 percent of these deliveries.
Our tertiary care, multidisciplinary-based obstetric service manages a diverse, high-risk patient population that is greater than 50 percent of our total volume. The current cesarean delivery rate is approximately 30 percent.
Fellows gain graduated responsibility for triaging and maintenance of anesthetic care for all labor and delivery patients.
- Fellows lead a weekly review of high-risk patient lists focusing on systems-oriented problems and management, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary discussions with MFM.
- Fellows work with faculty on individual patient safety and/or QI projects.
- Fellows partner with faculty on clinical research areas of their interest.
- Fellows are actively incorporated into the teaching model for simulation based education of residents and medical students- designing and leading case simulations for students and residents.
- Fellows moderate two to three journal club discussions or case-based presentations during the academic year.
- Fellows clinical and teaching expertise is enhanced by our daily didactic curriculum.
Our goal is to prepare physicians for a career in academics or clinical practice in the field of Obstetric Anesthesiology.
Fellows are exposed to an academic experience which allows them to gain clinical expertise in the care of high risk obstetric patients in a high volume level I referral center.
Fellows develop a graduating level of autonomy in orienting, teaching and supervising more junior trainees, medical students and student nurse anesthetists through didactic forums as well as hands-on supervision in the clinical setting.
Fellows are mentored in every aspect of clinical research including conception of research protocols, writing IRB proposals and consents, collecting and recording data, analyzing data, writing abstracts for presentation, preparing presentation slides and lectures, and submitting manuscripts for publication. Most fellows complete at least one original clinical protocol during their fellowship.