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The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine’s Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship is a one-year program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It is designed to provide fellows the opportunity to develop skills in clinical care and judgment, teaching, administration and research.

The goal of our fellowship program is to produce anesthesiologists with expertise in all areas of pediatric anesthesiology, including critical care, pain management and advanced life support. Clinical rotations are performed at Children's Egleston Hospital. Our program offers some flexibility in rotations to meet personal interests.

Below is a snapshot of our fellowship curriculum:

Fellows get exposure to our transplant program, including heart, liver, kidney and lung transplants. Fellows also gain experience with CT, MRI, radiation therapy and angiography as well as the full spectrum of cases, including:

  • General surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Craniofacial
  • Ophthalmology
  • Urology

Fellows gain experience in pediatric pain management, including epidural management, acute pain management in the recovery room and rounding on pain service patients.

More than 500 operations with cardiopulmonary bypass are performed at Egleston Hospital each year. Fellows gain experience with the most complex cardiac lesions (tetralogy of Fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome) as well as the more common cardiac lesions (ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus).

Fellows round with the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) team and participate in the care of critically ill infants and children, gaining experience in advanced life support for a wide variety of patients.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects with the faculty or plan and execute their own project ideas. Several faculty members at Egleston Hospital have ongoing research projects, and fellows can be matched with mentors to guide them in their research interests.

Morning lectures (6:45 a.m. to 7 a.m.) are presented four days a week by faculty members, fellows and residents. Journal club and case conferences are also periodically presented. While on cardiac service, fellows attend cardiac catheterization conferences to discuss upcoming cardiac cases. Monthly lectures are given by faculty members and special lecturers along with performance improvement reviews.

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship

In addition to the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship, Children’s offers a Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship. Fellows in this program are based at Egleston Hospital, where anesthesia care is provided to approximately 750 children a year undergoing the entire spectrum of cardiac surgical procedures. Rotations through the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and exposure to echocardiography are also part of the fellowship. Clinical research opportunities are available to fellows wishing to participate in ongoing projects in the department. Fellows gain extensive hands-on clinical and technical experience while working one-on-one with attending cardiac anesthesiologists and with cardiac intensivists and echocardiographers.

For more information about the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship, contact Bruce E. Miller, MD, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia at Children’s, at 404-785-6670 or bruce.miller@emoryhealthcare.org.

Interested applicants should contact the department of anesthesiology at Egleston Hospital. Applications can also be requested on the Emory University Anesthesiology website.

Applications should generally be received in the fall of the year before the fellowship begins, and interviews are extended as early as that September.

Contact us

Additional questions regarding the application process, fellowship opportunities and other general questions should be directed to:

Carolyn Bannister, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Children’s Egleston Hospital
Phone: 404-785-6670
Email: carolyn.bannister@emoryhealthcare.org


Resident physicians in anesthesiology should acquire experience and training in the anesthetic management of children of all ages in elective and emergency situations. This experience will include a wide range of surgical cases in all pediatric surgical specialties, with the exception of cardiac anesthesia only being offered to the advanced CA-3 resident physicians.

Residents have the opportunity to acquire sound clinical competence for:

  • Pediatric airway
  • Pediatric trauma care
  • Pre-operative assessment
  • Intra-operative management
  • Post-operative diagnosis
  • Treatment of acute pediatric pain

During the rotation, residents should be able to achieve increasing responsibility for clinical decision-making in pediatric anesthesiology. Participation in didactic training includes attending and conducting teaching conferences in basic pediatric anesthesiology. Residents are expected to complete the ACGME requirements for pediatric anesthesia during this rotation.

House officers are chosen using academic records, letters of recommendation and personal interviews. Only applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are accepted.

The dean’s office requires a copy of your medical school diploma and proof of successful completion of your postgraduate year-1 (PGY-1) training. Residents accepted through the match must have this documentation on file at the beginning of their training.

International graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and submit a copy of their Standard ECFMG Certificate. In addition, international graduates must be sponsored by the ECFMG. If you are accepted as a resident, the dean’s office will send you materials you will need to be sponsored by the ECFMG and receive your J-1 visa.

For information on the application process and interview schedules, visit Emory University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia.

Contact us

Additional questions regarding the residency should be directed to:

Judy Rabern
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
1364 Clifton Road NE, 3B South Room B-355
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 800-711-5444
Fax: 404-778-5405, marked “Attn: Judy Rabern”
Email: judy.rabern@emoryhealthcare.org

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