University of Illinois Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

We are currently not accepting applications for Pediatric 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
We are currently not accepting applications for Pediatric Fellowship.

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
Jamey Eklund, MD
Helen Lee, MD
Sarah Oswald, MD
Leelach Rothschild, MD
Nicole Thompson, MD
Polina Voronov, MD – Division Chief