Combined Pediatrics-Anesthesiology Residency

The Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) in Pediatrics and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Anesthesiology Residency program have created the first Combined Pediatrics – Anesthesia Residency Program to be approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pediatrics. Graduates will be fully qualified and be able to obtain board certification in both Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.

The combined program is listed in the NRMP Directory as Pediatrics-Anesthesia #1259726C0.

Years 1 and 2

The program offers superb training in both disciplines and is fully integrated. The first year focuses on the development of pediatric knowledge and takes full advantage of the outstanding training opportunities Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, a unique feature among combined training programs.

The first year curriculum is identical that of pediatric categorical interns.

The second year curriculum is devoted to anesthesiology and residents begin the first year in anesthesiology fully integrated into the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

 

Year 1 Curriculum: Pediatrics (Intern Year)Year 2 Curriculum: Anesthesiology (CA-1 Year)
Adolescent Medicine (4 weeks)Adult Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (4 weeks)Basic Anesthesiology (14 weeks)
Emergency Medicine (8 weeks)Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (8 weeks)
General Pediatrics Inpatient Ward (16 weeks)Pediatric Anesthesiology (12 weeks)
Neonatal Intensive Care (8 weeks)Preoperative Clinic (2 weeks)
Pulmonology (4 weeks)Obstetric Anesthesia (4 weeks)
Newborn Medicine (4 weeks)Neuro Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Vacation (4 weeks)Vacation (4 weeks)

Starting in the second year, in order to promote integration with both training programs, residents spend one session each month in pediatrics, and attend one pediatric continuity clinic session while participating in the anesthesiology curriculum. Throughout the remaining three years integration is maintained: residents continue to attend their pediatric continuity clinic monthly during their anesthesiology time, and residents will have anesthesiology education afternoons during their pediatrics time. Anesthesiology educational days include Grand Rounds, Case Conferences, Morbidity and Mortality Conferences and OR time.


Another unique aspect of the program are the Pediatric-Anesthesia afternoons which happen about once per month throughout all five years. These afternoons are dedicated to the exploration of the intersection of these fields. Some topics that have been explored include mentorship, career development in combined training, global health, the history of pediatric anesthesiology, and the use of simulation in pediatric training. These afternoons use a wide variety of teaching methods ranging from simulation to small group discussions.

Years 3 - 5

After the second year, residents will split their time between the two disciplines. The curricular offerings are listed below:

Year 3 Curriculum: PediatricsYear 3 Curriculum: Anesthesiology
Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (8 weeks)
General Pediatrics Inpatient Ward (8 weeks)General Anesthesiology (2 weeks)
Intensive Care (4 weeks)Neuro Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Oncology (4 weeks)Obstetric Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Subspecialty Elective (4 weeks)Pain Medicine (4 weeks)
Vacation (2 weeks)Post Anesthesia Care Unit (2 weeks)
-Vacation (2 weeks)
Year 4 Curriculum: PediatricsYear 4 Curriculum: Anesthesiology
Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)General Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
General Pediatrics Inpatient Ward (8 weeks)Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Intensive Care Supervising Experience (4 weeks)Regional Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Cardiology (4 weeks)Neuro Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Subspecialty Elective (4 weeks)Obstetric Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Vacation (2 weeks)Pain Medicine (4 weeks)
-Vacation (2 weeks)
Year 5 Curriculum: PediatricsYear 5 Curriculum: Anesthesiology
Elective (8 weeks)Elective (8 weeks)
General Pediatrics Inpatient Ward (4 weeks)General Anesthesiology (8 weeks)
Intensive Care (4 weeks)-
Intensive Care Supervisory Experience (4 weeks)Pediatric Anesthesia (4 weeks)
Subspecialty Elective (4 weeks)Vacation (2 weeks)
Vacation (2 weeks)Vascular Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
  • The training environment ensures an optimal exposure to the breadth of the specialty fields with a superb training environment in these three teaching hospitals. Robert Lekowski, MD, of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Anesthesiology Residency Program and Theodore C. Sectish, MD and Catherine Michelson, MD of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics will collaborate to ensure that the pediatrics-anesthesiology residents’ experience is coherent and educationally rich. Samuel Lux, MD, (lux@enders.tch.harvard.edu) directs the intern selections process for the BCRP pediatric program and works closely with Morana Lasic, MD, (mlasic@bwh.harvard.edu), who leads the anesthesiology program selection team, to coordinate interviews at both programs. We look forward to receiving your application to the Combined Pediatrics – Anesthesia Residency Program of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Anesthesiology Residency Program.

Pediatrics-Anesthesia Combined Residency Training An Applicant's Perspective