Program Layout

The goal of our ACGME-accredited 12-month fellowship program is to provide the trainee with a comprehensive experience to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to provide the best and safest care to all children.

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

Our fellows gain experience in the management of fetus, neonates, infants and children with congenital anomalies, fetal surgery, neurosurgery, major orthopedic surgery, cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, ENT surgery, craniofacial surgery, or maxillofacial surgery, urology, trauma and routine pediatric cases. Additionally, the fellow will be trained to perform regional and neuraxial anesthesia with strong focus on neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks, single shots, and catheter placements. Fellow will also learn to provide sedation for children undergoing procedures outside the operating rooms.

Fellows will rotate through general pediatric operating rooms (seven months), pediatric cardiac operating rooms—including the pediatric cardiac catheterization lab (2 months), the pediatric intensive care unit (one month) and pediatric acute pain service/regional anesthesia (one month), and an elective (one month).

Pediatric Operating Rooms Rotation (7 months) divided into several 2-to-4-week blocks that offers a variety of strong clinical experience in managing neonates, infants and children and a wide range of cases including but not limited to common and rare pediatric surgeries, trauma, neonatal emergency, difficult airway emergency, major orthopedic surgery, organ transplantation, neurosurgery, ENT surgery, burns craniofacial surgery, and congenital heart surgeries burns.

Cardiac Anesthesiology Rotation (2 months) Fellows are scheduled for 2 months in the pediatric anesthesia cardiac rotation. Our Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Team utilizes the most advanced and evidence-based anesthesia techniques and fellows are exposed to the most complex problems ranging from congenital heart disease to pediatric heart transplantation.

Pediatric Regional and Pain Management Rotation (1 month) exposes fellows to basic and advanced regional and neuraxial anesthesia techniques, acute postoperative pain management, and acute-on-chronic inpatient pain management. The fellows have opportunities to perform peripheral nerve blocks, peripheral nerve catheters, caudal and epidural catheters, and spinal anesthetics with the supervision of a member of our Advanced Pediatric Regional Anesthesiology Team during the rotation.

Critical Care Rotations (1 month) where fellows may elect to spend 2-week blocks in either the 28-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or the 12-bed Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)

Transplant Rotation- Our institution performs approximately liver and kidney transplants per year Our fellows are assigned to any transplant case (liver, kidney, pancreas) that gets scheduled throughout the year.

Fetal Medicine: Fellows are assigned to interesting and complex fetal cases throughout the fellowship year.

Research Rotation – Our fellows are offered two weeks of dedicated research time that they can utilize in preparing for an interesting Case Report, Grand rounds, Quality improvement project or helping a faculty with ongoing research.

Pretending Rotation – Our fellows are given the role of “pretending” towards the end of fellowship where they manage the cases at the level of an attending. They are assigned as “anesthesia board runner” and supervise the residents, AAs and CRNAs.