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Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship

At the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital we are very excited to offer an Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship. Our fellowship provides an additional year of training in Obstetric Anesthesia for residents who have already completed a residency in Anesthesiology.  The fellowship has been in place since 2013, and has recently achieved ACGME accreditation status in 2019.

During a year of training with us, the fellow will be exposed all facets of care for our low and high risk patient population. We are dedicated to training the fellow to be independent through experience and to acquire skills, knowledge, and diplomacy. The fellow will receive guidance and supervision during patient interactions by faculty and progressively gain responsibilities during the fellowship. Throughout the fellowship, the obstetric anesthesia fellow will learn to foster the multidisciplinary care of these patients through interactions with Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Adult Internal Medicine and Neonatology disciplines. In addition to medical knowledge and interpersonal skills, we also foster technical skills such as POCUS, lumbar ultrasound and simulation/debriefing. And you’ll also meet some great people!

We welcome any questions you might have about our Obstetric Anesthesia fellowship. Don’t hesitate to contact us!!

Curriculum Heading link


  • 1-2 months of research project
  • 1 month reading articles, preparing and submitting IRB and protocol
  • 1 month recruiting patients or completing database
  • Submission of research project to SOAP by Jan of preceding yr


  • 1 month to work with Dr. Christine Park on simulation, how to write scenario and execution of scenario
    • 1 month will be divided over yr to allow for continued progression.
    • Additional opportunities and clinical case load allows
  • Expected Scenario Development
    General anesthesia for emergent CD, urgent cesarean delivery, fetal bradycardia during ECV, maternal cardiac arrest, high spinal, LAST , delivering bad new to patient/family, giving resident feedback, disagreement with OB or nursing staff

Education & teaching responsibilities

  • Give a resident lecture every other month
  • Develop 3 PBLD /submit one for ASA presentation
  • Every month –   Lead journal club
  • Help develop OSCE and Oral boards for residents
  • Clinical Teaching and Supervision of Residents and Medical Students
  • Clinical Thinking Workshop
  • Grand Rounds

Clinical development

  • Coordinate care of high risk patients including APEC and multidisciplinary meetings
  • Participate in care of high risk patients unless on off service rotations

Advanced technical skill

  • POCUS, lumbar ultrasound
  • Submission of MCC to ASA by July or preceding year (MCCs are due May 31st)

Quality improvement

  • Completion of 1 QI project
  • Attend Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Committee with Faculty Rep

Professional development

  • Receiving / Giving feedback
  • Oral board prep
  • Job search/CV / interview skills
  • Leadership development

Rotational breakdown

  • (1-2 months ) Research
  • (2 wks) MFM
  • (2 wks) NICU
  • (1 wk ) QI
  • (1 month ) Simulation
  • 6 months OB anesthesia
 July AugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay June

Patient Stats Heading link

  • 2,129 Number of deliveries / year

  • 38 % Percentage of high risk

  • 30 % Cesarean delivery rate

“Types” of high risk we commonly see: hypertension, diabetes, endocrine disease, connective tissue disease, prior preterm birth, history of thromboembolism, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease

Maggie Duran Heading link

Fellowship Program Coordinator

1740 West Taylor Street, College of Medicine Suite 3200 West, Chicago, Illinois 60612

Current Fellows Heading link

Past Fellows Heading link

2019 – 2020

Cory Deburghgraeve, MD
Residency Training: UIC
After Fellowship: Faculty at UIC

2017 – 2018

Corinne Weinstein, MD
Residency Training: Rush Medical Center
After Fellowship: Faculty at LSU

2016 – 2017

Rachel Waldinger, MD
Residency Training: UIC
After Fellowship: Faculty at UIC

2015 – 2016

Shreema Sawlani, MD
Residency Training: Medical College of Wisconsin
After Fellowship: Anesthesiologist in Milwaukee, WI

2014 – 2015

Annette Martini, MD
Residency Training:
After Fellowship: Faculty at Lutheran General Hospital