Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

University of Illinois Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois Hospital offers subspecialty training in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Pediatric anesthesiology is the subspecialty of anesthesiology devoted to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative anesthetic care of pediatric patients.
The program is ACGME-accredited and subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology is 12 months in duration. Applicants are eligible for the fellowship upon satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in anesthesiology as required for entry into the examination system of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
The clinical training in pediatric anesthesiology is spent caring for pediatric patients in the operating rooms, other anesthetizing locations, and in intensive care units. The training includes experience in providing anesthesia both for inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and for nonoperative procedures outside the operating rooms, as well as preanesthesia preparation and postanesthesia care, pain management, and advanced life support for neonates, infants, children, and adolescents.
As of March 3, 2011, the fellowship will be participating in the new NRMP Fellowship match in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Additional information can be found at the NRMP website here.
Chanannait Paisansathan, MD (Program Director)
Leelach Rothschild, MD
Pilar Mercado, MD
Sarah Oswald, MD
Nicole Thompson, MD
Helen Lee, MD
Polina Voronov, MD
Richard Banchs, MD
Yulia Demidovich, MD

Clinical Components
The fellow in pediatric anesthesiology will gain expertise in the following areas of clinical care of neonates, infants, children, and adolescents: 

  • Preoperative assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced life support
  • Management of normal and abnormal airways
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Temperature regulation
  • Placement of venous and arterial catheters
  • Pharmacologic support of the circulation
  • Management of perioperative fluid therapy and massive fluid and/or blood loss
  • Interpretation of lab results
  • Management of children requiring general anesthesia for elective and emergent surgery for a wide variety of surgical conditions including neonatal surgical emergencies, cardiopulmonary bypass, and congenital disorders
  • Techniques for administering regional anesthesia
  • Sedation or anesthesia for children outside the operating rooms
  • Recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain
  • Consultation for medical and surgical patients
  • Recognition and treatment of perioperative organ dysfunction
  • Diagnosis and perioperative management of congenital and acquired disorders
  • Participation in the care of critically ill infants and children in intensive care units
  • Transport of critically ill patients



Didactic Components
The didactic curriculum provided through lectures and reading, includes the following areas, with emphasis on developmental and maturational aspects as they pertain to anesthesia and life support for pediatric patients:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and mechanisms of drug delivery
  • Cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, hepatic, and CNS
  • Physiology, pathophysiology, and therapy
  • Metabolic and endocrine effects of surgery and critical illness
  • Infectious disease
  • Coagulation abnormalities and therapy
  • Normal and abnormal physical/psychological development
  • Trauma & burn management
  • Congenital anomalies and developmental delay
  • Medical and surgical problems in children
  • Use and toxicity of local & general anesthetic agents
  • Airway problems common in children
  • Pain management in pediatric patients
  • Ethical and legal aspects of care
  • Transport of critically ill patients
  • Organ transplantation in children

Subspecialty conferences, including morbidity and mortality conferences, journal reviews, and research seminars are part of the curriculum. Active participation of the fellow in pediatric anesthesiology in the planning and production of these conferences is expected. Attendance by fellows at multidisciplinary conferences, especially those relevant to pediatric anesthesiology, is encouraged. Fellows in pediatric anesthesiology should become experienced in teaching principles of pediatric anesthesiology, including topics such as management of patients requiring sedation outside the OR, pain management, and life support, to other resident physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals. Fellows also participate in planning and conducting conferences.

Scholarly Activities
The subspecialty training program in pediatric anesthesiology provides the opportunity for active fellow participation in research projects pertinent to pediatric anesthesia. Fellows are instructed in the conduct of scholarly activities and the evaluation of investigative methods and interpretation of data, including statistics; they will develop competence in critical assessment of new therapies and of the medical literature. 
In addition to the fellowship application the following documents are required:
Personal Statement
Up to date CV
Copy of Dean’s letter from medical school
Copy of most recent ITE
Copy of Medical School diploma and transcript
Letters of recommendation (3) to be sent directly from the letter writers
Letter of good standing from present program director
All documents may be sent electronically to the coordinator.

Applications will be accepted starting January 2016- March 2016.
Click here for the fellowship application. We will also accept the common pediatric anesthesia fellowship application from the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia website here. For inquiries email Dr. Paisansathan or fellowship coordinator Elizabeth Hammerschmidt