Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship

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Welcome from our Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Brigham and Women’s Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship program.  We are truly proud of the fellowship experience we offer at our institution.  At the core of our program we are committed to the highest quality obstetric anesthesia care in an intellectually stimulating and dynamic environment.  The Brigham’s Obstetric Anesthesia division has renowned faculty who are dedicated to the teaching and support of our fellows. We are fortunate to have rich multidisciplinary affiliations with Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatology and an unmatched diversity of high-risk obstetric cases.

Fellows will benefit from outstanding research and public service opportunities.  We seek to nurture the talents of our fellows throughout their training so that they master and refine their competency as obstetric anesthesia specialists equipped to become leaders in the field.  Our designated faculty and five-position fellowship program foster a collegial and supportive atmosphere.

Please find more information about our curriculum and facilities on this website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Michaela K. Farber, MD, MS
Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Michaela K. Farber, MD, MS

Michaela K. Farber, MD, MS

Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Contact Us

If you are interested in our Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship, please contact:

Michaela K. Farber, MD, MS
Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director
mfarber@bwh.harvard.edu

Laura Woods, MPH
Fellowship Program Manager
lwoods4@bwh.harvard.edu

Overview

The Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship is a one-year program that has been ACGME accredited since 2012. Fellows benefit from a full range of state-of-the-art obstetric and anesthetic services. This fellowship also provides a foundation for effective collaboration through evaluating patients in the anesthesia department’s high-risk pregnancy clinic, high-risk surgical obstetric sessions, and Boston Adult Congenital Heart obstetric planning sessions. With these established programs, peripartum care is coordinated with obstetric, neonatal and other medical teams.

Our faculty have active roles on editorial boards, administration, and leadership in the arena of obstetric anesthesiology, offering fellows a unique opportunity for mentorship and participation in all aspects of this specialty.

Curriculum

Academic teaching is conducted at twice-daily conferences in addition to fellow-specific sessions including:

  • Journal Club
  • Combined Obstetric/Cardiothoracic Fellows Research Didactic Sessions
  • Advanced Fellow Didactic Sessions
  • Interdisciplinary conferences in various departments
  • In Situ and high fidelity simulation sessions for Obstetric Crisis Management
  • Hands-on training for lumbar ultrasound and point of care coagulation testing
  • Fellow monthly webinars

Clinical Experience

Clinical fellowship rotations in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Neonatology, each for two weeks, refine the expertise required for management of patients in a multi- disciplinary environment. Coursework in fetal heart tracing recognition and neonatal resuscitation are coordinated with the MFM and NICU experiences.

The breadth of patient exposure includes approximately 8,000 deliveries, 24 fetal surgeries, and 1500 in-vitro fertilization procedures per year. These cases offer a substantial complement of high-risk comorbidity in addition to routine uncomplicated procedures. Approximately 80 percent of our patients receive neuraxial analgesia during labor.

Clinical or basic research is facilitated through advisor mentorship and three months of protected nonclinical time. Fellows benefit from state-of-the-art research tools including point of care coagulation testing, lumbar spine ultrasonography and transthoracic echocardiography.

Collaborative research with our Obstetric, Neonatology, and other medical departments is strongly encouraged. Fellows present their research at national meetings such as Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP).

FAQs

Q. What are the annual salary and benefits like?
A. The starting salary for a PGY-5 in 2018 is $75,000. Employment benefits include health, dental, disability and other insurance. For more information please refer to FREIDA and the Partner’s Office of Resources for Trainees.

Q. Can you give me some information about trainee contracts?
A. Please refer to the Trainee Contract section of our website.

Q: Do you offer an education allowance?
A. Yes, we do offer an education allowance of $2,000.

Q: Do you sponsor Visas? 
A. At this time, our institution sponsors both H1b and J1 Visas.

Q. Is moonlighting available?
A. is available within the Partners Healthcare System to residents at the CA-2 level of training or higher. Fellows need permission from the Program Director and must have obtained a full medical license, Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration (MCSR) and Federal DEA numbers.  Moonlighting Fellows cannot be on a J1 Visa.

How to Apply

Fellowship Application

The Brigham and Women’s Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship utilizes the SOAP Common Application.

Please note: Supplemental questions are not required.

Application Documents

Please submit the following documents electronically to cmcintosh6@bwh.harvard.edu:

  1. Current curriculum vitae
  2. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from professional colleagues
  3. USMLE Transcript
  4. Letter of evaluation from the Dean of your medical school (MSPE)
  5. Valid ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

Completed applications will be reviewed between January and May.

Interviews and positions will be offered on a rolling basis.

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