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Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Overview

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The Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) is a 12-month training program offered to candidates who have successfully completed an ACGME accredited residency program in anesthesiology. The fellowship is devoted to the comprehensive anesthetic management, perioperative care and pain management of women during pregnancy and the puerperium. The course curriculum is a reflection of the standard program requirements and recommendations provided by the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the expert opinion of staff members of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia in the DACCPM.

The core mission of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) is to provide world-class health care to our patients by integrating education, evidence-based medicine, and research in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital and the communities we serve. Through the Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship, we will recruit, mentor and train future academic and private practice leaders who:
  1. can direct and manage complex clinical problems related to care of the pregnant patient,
  2. demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a capacity for teaching, and
  3. further the advancement of obstetric anesthesia and obstetric medicine by investigation of novel research questions and scholarly work.
Fellows will be trained not only in advanced and High-Risk Obstetric Anesthesia, but will also receive instruction from local (nationally recognized) experts in critical care, maternal-fetal medicine, prenatal diagnosis, genetics, pathology, and simulation. Fellows will have the opportunity to actively collaborate with colleagues at the Center for Medical Simulation, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. We will approach teaching and learning with a mastery orientation, with individually-tailored educational plans based in educational theory employing both strategy and effort. All activities, including giving and receiving feedback, will be oriented toward improving one's performance. We will use experiential learning theory utilizing immersive and engaging techniques such as simulation to develop expertise in teaching. Fellows graduating from the DACCPM Obstetric Anesthesia program will have a robust armamentarium of clinical, leadership, teaching, and fundamental research skills to apply to their ensuing faculty positions. In addition to the opportunities discussed above, the fellow may apply for selected DACCPM supported Faculty Development Programs (e.g., the HMS Clinical Effectiveness Course or the M.I.T. Anesthesia Leadership Course) if appropriate to their area of research concentration.


Requirements for the Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship include:
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency
  • Completion and passing of all three USMLE steps
  • Canadian physicians and Doctors of Osteopathy who are eligible for licensure may substitute documentation of successful completion of LMCC/MCCQE and COMLEX examinations, respectively, in lieu of USMLE examinations.
  • ABA board-certified or eligible
  • The accepted applicant must obtain a Massachusetts license

Contact information:


Rebecca D. Minehart, M.D.
Director, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship

Program Manager: Tina Toland, MHA
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
55 Fruit Street, White 437
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 869-9898

Office Information

Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Gray-Bigelow 444
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

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