Earlier this spring, the Department of Anesthesiology at McGovern Medical School received initial accreditation for an Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program through the ACGME. The department is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill two approved positions. Anyone interested in furthering their obstetric anesthesia training is encouraged to apply. We would like to thank Maya Suresh, MD, and Ana Lisa Ramirez-Chapman, MD, for leading the certification process and directing this exciting new fellowship program.
Memorial Hermann Hospital—TMC has approximately 5,000 deliveries/year (mostly insured patients), and Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, our county hospital, has around 2,000 deliveries/year. Between the two locations, more than 60% of these patients are considered high-risk. The future is an integrated obstetric critical care team with participation from obstetric anesthesiologists. We have multiple faculty who are skilled anesthesiologists and intensivists prepared to train our fellows in Point-of-Care ultrasound-TEE, regional anesthesia techniques, and a state-of-the-art acute pain service. There are also exciting opportunities to participate in simulation, fetal center cases, and to collaborate with the maternal fetal medicine team in safety rounds, and a variety of multidisciplinary meetings, conferences, and joint research.
Dr. Maya Suresh, MD, former president of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), former President of the Society for Airway Management, lead editor of Shnider and Levinson Anesthesia for Obstetrics, 5th edition, and Division Chief of Obstetric Anesthesia is part of this fellowship program. Our fellows can anticipate completing their year of training with not only a rich body of experience to enhance their armamentarium of clinical and research skills, knowledge, and confidence needed while caring for any high risk or critically ill obstetric patient, but also opportunities to participate in ongoing research and to present at national conferences.
If you are interested, please contact Ana Lisa Ramirez-Chapman, MD, Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at LBJ Hospital and Program Director of the Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Ana.L.RamirezChapman@uth.tmc.edu.