Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Curriculum

The curriculum of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship includes a broad range of experiences, including clinical rotations, research opportunities and conferences.

Clinical Rotations

Fellows receive:

  • Surgical team in full scrubs in operating room monitors an unconscious patient's breathingSix months of adult clinical cardiothoracic operating room experience in both supervisory and primary provider roles
  • Two months of dedicated transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) training
  • One month in the Cardiothoracic ICU
  • One month of thoracic anesthesia
  • One month of out-of-OR cardiac anesthesia, including EP and cardiac catheterization lab
  • Two months elective time which may be selected from TEE, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine or a focused mentored research experience

Conferences and Didactics

The Anesthesiology Department conducts weekly conferences during the academic year and offers mock oral examinations for fellows and residents twice annually. CT anesthesiology faculty-led, fellow-focused conferences occur Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Conferences include:

  • Anesthesiology Department and Cardiothoracic Surgery Department Grand Rounds
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology subspecialty conference
  • Weekly dedicated TEE lecture series for fellows
  • Weekly adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia topics lectures for fellows
  • Monthly journal clubs

Both the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology subspecialty conference and fellow tutorials are faculty-led and comprise didactic lectures, journal club, research presentations and case conferences.

Research Opportunities

Fellows are expected to contribute to ongoing research programs, and dedicated research time will be available throughout the fellowship.

Our group actively pursues both clinical and laboratory-based research initiatives. Specific interest areas include:

  • Cerebral protection during CPB
  • Myocardial function and ischemia
  • Cardiovascular pharmacology
  • Perioperative hemostasis and coagulation monitoring
  • Aging and diastolic ventricular function