Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

Montefiore’s Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship is a collaboration between the main teaching centers at Montefiore's Wakefield Campus and the outpatient-based Hutchinson Campus.

While the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship has been a part of Montefiore for well over a decade, this fellowship also became one of the first ACGME approved fellowship programs in the country. Since its inception, the fellowship has grown to 6 positions – 3 ACGME accredited fellowship positions and 3 combined attending/fellowship positions. All positions are open to candidates who have successfully completed residency training in anesthesiology at an accredited training program and who are board-eligible or certified in anesthesiology.

Clinical Experience

All clinical fellows rotate at the Wakefield and Hutch campuses and provide care for patients undergoing a wide range of procedures, including orthopedic, vascular, plastic surgery, and ambulatory procedures.

Wakefield Hospital has received the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for knee replacement surgeries and is our Joint Replacement Center. It also maintains a large Inpatient Acute Pain Service and Consult Service with robust pain needs. Fellows learn the art of perioperative analgesia and regional anesthesia techniques to optimize both intraoperative anesthesia and post-operative pain management for the complicated inpatient.

The Hutchinson Metro North Facility provides an exciting high paced outpatient ambulatory block service environment where fellows work quickly and efficiently in a block room team environment to optimize the flow of outpatient surgery using cutting edge nerve block techniques. Both facilities have access to a wide range of nerve block techniques and medication combinations as well as the ability to place neuraxial and peripheral nerve catheters.

Fellows have access to additional clinical exposures at Montefiore's Moses Campus, the Children’s Hospital of Montefiore, and Weiler Hospital on the Einstein Campus.

The fellowship emphasizes the perioperative management of patients receiving neuraxial or peripheral neural blockade for anesthesia or analgesia. Fellows will become experts in the practice and theory of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine. The fellowship focuses on multimodal analgesic techniques such as neuraxial and peripheral nerve catheters, local anesthetics and narcotic infusions, and non-narcotic analgesic adjuvants with an emphasis on indications, contraindications, side effects, potential complications and daily management of patients on the acute pain service. Fellows gain experience in lumbar and thoracic epidurals, subarachnoid blocks and a variety of upper and lower extremity and continuous catheters. Fellows also learn how to become leaders and educators in the field of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Educational Experience

Fellows participate in all aspects of educational activities including Grand Rounds, regional anesthesia workshops, and clinical and/or laboratory research. We hold a weekly Journal Club as well as educational lecture series, which complement the fellows’ clinical training. Our faculty members mentor our fellows and are actively involved in various quality improvement and research projects to which all fellows contribute. In addition, the Department of Anesthesiology holds a monthly ‘Fellows’ College’ conference that unifies all clinical Anesthesiology fellows covering important global topics including the business of anesthesia, medical litigation, and financial planning. Learning how to be a manager and teacher are also important skills, which are emphasized throughout the year.

Applying for the Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship

For application submissions, please email the Program Administrator, Ms. Debbie Lopez at deblopez@montefiore.org

Completed applications should include the following:

  • A completed hard copy of the fellowship application with photo
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement (1 page maximum)
  • USMLE Board Scores
  • Copies of in-training scores to date
  • Three (3) letters of reference from current supervisors
  • Final Transcript
  • Dean’s Letter

For further information about the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, please contact our program director:

 

Karina Gritsenko, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Family & Social Medicine,
and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
kgritsen@montefiore.org