Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship 2017-11-20T11:00:30+00:00

University of Illinois Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

The University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Anesthesiology offers one-year ACGME-accredited subspecialty training in Pediatric Anesthesiology.  Clinical rotations take place at the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH), Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago, and Advocate Children’s Hospital.  The majority of rotations occur at UIH and Shriners Hospital; complex congenital cardiac rotation occurs at Advocate Children’s.   Currently one fellow is accepted every year through the National Resident Matching Program.

Perioperative Clinical Experience

  • Anesthetic management of pediatric patients in general pediatric operating suites and off-site locations such as radiology, gastroenterology and cardiac catheterization lab;
    • management of patients with complex medical and congenital heart disease
    • major orthopedic surgery, including scoliosis repair with instrumentation
    • craniofacial reconstruction
    • urologic surgery
    • interventional vascular and neuroradiology
  • Acute pain management:  regional anesthesia as cornerstone of multimodal pain control
  • Participation in preoperative consultation and in multidisciplinary meetings.

Clinical Rotations

  • Main Operating Rooms and Off-Site Anesthesia – 8 months
  • Neonatal Critical Care – 4 weeks
  • Cardiac Anesthesia – 4 weeks
  • Quality Improvement – 4 weeks

Educational Components

  • Twice-weekly conferences covering core topics
  • Journal Club every other month
  • Departmental morbidity and mortality conference
  • Participation in simulation once a month
  • Supervision and teaching of residents in the OR

The fellow is expected to present at resident conference and departmental Grand Rounds.  They will complete a QI project, and are mentored through the process of presenting a poster or abstract to the annual meetings of the SPA and regional conferences.

Requirements for Matriculation

  • Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency program
  • Passed USMLE (or COMLEX) step 3 exam

Call Responsibilities
Call is covered from home, including two weekends a month.

Salary, insurance, retirement determined by UIC GME

  • 4 weeks of vacation may be spread out through the year
  • 1 week conference time
  • Education allowance $750; in addition, travel and registration paid when fellow presents at a meeting
  • Society for Pediatric Anesthesia membership; PALS and NRP certification

Interviews conducted April – August
Match – October
Fellowship start – option to start August 1 of following year

Application Process
Applications for the fellowship should be sent through ERAS (here), the online application service of the AAMC (ACGME Program ID #0421621025).  The deadline for submission of applications through ERAS is May 31st.  An applicant that decides to apply for fellowship AFTER May 31st may still electronically send an application (found here) to our coordinator below.  Please direct any questions to our coordinator.

Medical Education Coordinator
Jessica Cortez
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
1740 W Taylor St.
3200W UICH M/C 515
Chicago, IL 60612-7239
Tel: 312-996-4021
Fax: 312-996-4019

Fellowship Director
Pilar Mercado, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
1740 W Taylor St.
3200W UICH M/C 515
Chicago, IL 60612-7239
Tel: 312-996-4020
Fax: 312-996-4019

Pediatric Anesthesia-Trained Faculty
Jennifer Anderson, MD
Richard Banchs, MD
Yulia Demidovich, MD
Jamey Eklund, MD
Helen Lee, MD
Sarah Oswald, MD
Leelach Rothschild, MD
Nicole Thompson, MD
Polina Voronov, MD – Division Chief