While the fellowship training program at the Department of Anesthesiology has two distinct tracks — clinical subspecialty training and research training — all fellowships have both clinical and research components. For example, individuals who choose the subspecialty training tract are encouraged to participate in ongoing clinical research projects in their areas of subspecialization, while research fellows all can spend one day each week in the O.R. to maintain their clinical contact.
Clinical Subspecialty Training
The goal of the clinical subspecialty fellowship program is to provide in depth clinical training in the selected subspecialty. Subspecialty fellowship training is available in cardiothoracic anesthesia, critical care medicine, neurosurgical anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, pain medicine, pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia and hospice and palliative medicine.
The curriculum of each subspecialty fellowship training is individualized for the specific subspecialty. Critical care medicine, Pain medicine, Adult Cardiothoracic anesthesia, Pediatric anesthesia, OB anesthesia and Hospice and Palliative Medicine are all ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. Fellows who satisfactorily complete their training in pain medicine, critical care medicine and hospice and palliative medicine are eligible for subspecialty board certification. In 2013, subspecialty board certification will be available for Pediatric Anesthesia.
The goal of the NIH-funded T-32 fellowship program is to provide training in scientific investigation to anesthesiologists who wish to become independent physician-scientists.
Fellows have the opportunity to work with NIH-funded investigators within the Department of Anesthesiology or with established investigators in basic science departments or other departments e.g. Epidemiology, i.e. population science on the Columbia University Health Sciences campus.
The T-32 fellowship can only be offered to individuals with U.S. citizenship or permanent visa status. However, we do offer similar (basic and clinical research) training outside of the NIH funded fellowship program to qualified individuals.
Departmental Fellows Conference: Regular meeting focusing on clinical case discussion, journal club, research design, and presentation either within the subspecialty training program or as part of research seminar/laboratory seminars/discussion programs.
Extra-departmental course work: One hour formal lecture series (14 week course) on clinical research design, protocols and statistics, offered by the Irving Center for Clinical Research. Monthly conferences by guest lecturers and research presentations by fellows and faculty.
Extra-institutional Educational Conference: Leave is granted for one meeting per year. Expenses for presentation at meetings are supported by the department. Research fellows are expected to present their findings at major national meetings such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting or the Association of Academic Anesthesiologists annual meeting.