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Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Didactic Curriculum

One of the strengths of the Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship is the multifaceted lecture program. A separate didactic schedule of lectures has been developed for the fellow and will take place with an average of 2 to 4 fellow-specific lectures per week. In addition, use of simulation to teach the fellow will enhance the fellow's ability to care for obstetric patients in an expert fashion. Following the first month Simulation Rotation, simulations for the fellow will range from 2-4 per year.

The current practice on the Labor and Delivery floor, which is intrinsic to the culture at MGH, is to actively engage in researching various topics, to incorporate findings from primary literature, and to discuss these with all (multidisciplinary) team members. The fellow will be included in discussions of basic research concepts, including study design, epidemiology, and critical evaluation of primary literature. MGH and Partners HealthCare have extensive research-related resources and offerings available through the Office of Career Development and the Clinical Research Program which the fellow will be encouraged to attend.

Didactic schedule will include:
  • Daily hands-on education and discussion with obstetric anesthesia faculty
  • 2-4 obstetric anesthesia lectures per week
  • Simulations held in-situ on the Labor and Delivery Unit (given by faculty for the fellow, in addition to the fellows providing sessions for the residents)
  • Weekly anesthesia Departmental Grand Rounds
  • Weekly anesthesia Departmental Case Conferences/Journal Clubs
  • Twice daily multi-disciplinary clinical rounds
  • One month of simulation training
  • Formal teaching occurs in the context of real-time instruction during procedures, use of in-situ and off campus simulation, an OB Anesthesia Keyword and Journal Club/faculty lecture series, and during multidisciplinary rounds (formally held at least twice every 24 hours).

Office Information

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

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