Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

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Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Obstetric Anesthesiology procedure

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship is a comprehensive one-year non-ACGME accredited program. In partnership with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, fellows will have the opportunity to train at two major healthcare institutions. Fellows will develop the skills and knowledge to become expert consultants in obstetric anesthesiology and be able to provide leadership and educational support within any healthcare institution.

Program Overview and Curriculum

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship will provide the fellows with and overall training experience that will enhance knowledge and skills to safely and effectively provide obstetric anesthesia care to all pregnant patients, including high-risk parturients with a wide variety of maternal-fetal, medical and surgical conditions. The fellow will be an integral member of the obstetric anesthesia team and will train with board-certified and fellowship-trained anesthesiology faculty and work alongside maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) obstetricians, as well as neonatologists, to gain additional experience in comprehensive peripartum care.

Fellows will evaluate and apply evidence-based medicine from scientific studies and current expert guidelines to develop optimal plans for anesthetic care specific to the patient’s unique medical conditions. Obstetric anesthesiology fellows will become proficient in the application of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the obstetric population. Fellows will acquire an expert understanding of relevant physiologic changes of pregnancy in relationship to complex pharmacology, mechanism of labor pain and multimodal analgesia in complex high-risk parturients.

Fellows will be exposed to the important role of the obstetric anesthesia services in the context of Perioperative Surgical Home models and other multidisciplinary care models and understand how healthcare models impact overall patient satisfaction, quality and healthcare costs.

There is ample opportunity for the fellow to attend national conferences and are encouraged to submit abstracts and present cases at conferences. Another opportunity the fellow can participate in is the Global Outreach Initiative, where fellows can travel to help underserved areas of the world to provide anesthesia services to a local community. In addition, there will be research opportunities where fellows can prepare research proposals with IRB approval, manuscripts for peer-review publication and develop new or enhance pre-existing patient care pathways as part of quality improvement projects.

Clinical Experience

The fellowship clinical experiences will include equal clinical time between UCI Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial, a neonatal rotation, an obstetric rotation and operating room assignments.

The UCI Medical Center division of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) is the main referral center in Orange County for complicated and uncommon high-risk parturient. As a major referral center, the region’s only Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center and Regional Burn Center, it presents unique opportunities for anesthesia care for a diverse patient population.

The Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital is one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in California with greater than 6,000 deliveries per year and provides a wide range of primary and specialty care for expectant mothers and children of all ages.

Formal Education

Fellows will participate in structured didactics that consists of:

  • Obstetric weekly conferences
  • Lectures
  • Journal Club
  • Grand rounds

Formal educational sessions in a multidisciplinary setting are constructed to provide topics on the full spectrum of perioperative and peripartum care throughout the year with lectures that are prepared by obstetric subspecialty clinicians. In addition, fellows are encouraged and expected to prepare and present cases or topics relevant to obstetric anesthesia. Obstetric anesthesiology fellows will develop educator techniques that will enhance the active role in teaching and educating residents and medical students on the obstetric service.

Application Process

Submit the following required documents to the Fellowship Program Coordinator,

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • ABA BASIC exam scores
  • Personal statement expressing your interest in obstetric anesthesiology

Required documents will be closely reviewed and qualified applicants will be invited to interview with fellowship program director, associate program director and clinical faculty members.

Special Requirements

Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited anesthesiology residency program and have a DEA license and California medical license prior to start of fellowship.

Fellowship Graduates

Andrew Mai, MD

Contact Information

Direct all inquiries to:

Fellowship Coordinator
Rogelio (Roger) Hernandez
Phone: 714-456-5835

Dmitry Portnoy, MD
Program Director
UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care

David Larson, MD
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach