Pediatric Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in our Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship program.

This program offers three 1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship positions commencing in July every year.  Applications are accepted from January 1st of the preceding year, and interviews are scheduled from March to July.  All of our positions are in the pediatric anesthesiology fellowship NRMP match: NRMP Pediatric Anesthesiology Subspecialty Fellowship Match

We are the only academic health center and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship program in the state of Oregon. Our fellows enjoy personal attention and instruction from the fifteen attending pediatric anesthesiologists both in clinical settings as well as during the didactic teaching sessions. Protected time is earmarked for weekly teaching sessions, departmental grand rounds, multidisciplinary conferences, PALS/NRP training, and ACGME Competency Workshops run by Graduate Medical Education. We encourage fellows to attend the ASA Meeting in October and/or the SPA Winter Meeting in March/April, and we provide a generous CME allowance with five days of meeting time for this purpose.

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Global Health

The Bob and Mary Jane Stewart Fund provides funding for our fellows to accompany our faculty on a pediatric anesthesia mission trip to a developing nation during the course of their fellowship training. This is an exciting opportunity that we are able to offer our fellows as a result of the generous support from the fund. Expenses may be covered in whole or partially, depending on the mission trip and the number of interested fellows.

Clinical Volume

All clinical subspecialties are offered, including a busy Pediatric Sedation Service, cardiac, craniofacial, pediatric critical care and multidisciplinary pain programs. The OHSU Simulator Center is directed by one of the pediatric anesthesiologists and facilitates crisis management training and ACLS certification for trainees. Our clinical case load can easily support all our trainees while providing plenty of experience with index cases for the fellows. The total number of cases each fellow provides anesthesia care for during their year of training at OHSU (~520) regularly approaches the 90% percentile (577) for all pediatric anesthesiology fellowship programs in the country, based on the case logs submitted to ACGME (2009-10 statistics). Similarly, the number of neonates as well as other index cases tracked by ACGME falls between the 70%-90% percentile for all programs. We do not ‘double-up’ trainees for cases (i.e. a resident and a fellow claiming credit for the same case). We are able to achieve this in our physician-only pediatric practice by having one fellow rotate through Pain, Pediatric Sedation, Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesia for several months of the year. We also allow trainees flexibility to tailor the fellowship to their individual needs or interests by choosing an elective month in a subspecialty of interest. Towards the end of the year, graduated teaching opportunities are provided, where the fellow will take on the role of attending to guide residents through appropriate cases with faculty supervision.


Fellows are required to participate in at least one academic research project during the course of their fellowship year for which academic days will be allocated and mentorship will be provided.  The research project could involve participation in an ongoing clinical or basic science research project, initiation of a new project, or educational research related to resident education and/or simulation, and is expected to result in a fellow presentation at a national scientific meeting, such as the ASA or SPA. . Review articles, systematic reviews, medical informatics projects or other outcomes research projects are also suitable.

In addition, fellows are expected to initiate and implement a quality improvement project as a means of learning the CQI process. They are also offered the opportunity to attend 1-2 meetings of the Departmental CQI Committee as a guest reviewer to familiarize themselves with root cause analysis. Contributions to the pediatric ABA keyword database encourage our fellows to prepare for the new ABA pediatric anesthesiology subspecialty examination. Finally, each fellow will plan and present a journal club session in pediatric anesthesia during the course of their training.

The goals of the fellowship program are to:

1. Equip the fellow with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function independently and competently as a Consultant Pediatric Anesthesiologist.

2. Provide a broad clinical experience that allows fellows to develop proficiency in the care of neonates, infants, children, and adolescents in all surgical subspecialties.

3. Foster a thorough understanding of the anatomical, physiological, developmental and behavioral characteristics of patients in different age groups.

4. Teach fellows the technical skills related to airway management and invasive monitoring.

5. Expose fellows to intravenous sedation techniques for a variety of office-based settings and diagnostic radiology.

6. Provide experience in acute and chronic pediatric pain management, including cognitive behavioral therapy.

7. Provide experience in the management of critically ill neonates, infants, children, and adolescents.

8. Fellows should achieve certification in Pediatric and Neonatal Advanced Life Support.

9. Encourage the fellow to develop as an educator by providing opportunities to teach principles of airway management and pediatric anesthesia to residents and students.

10. Teach the basic principles of clinical research, the protection of human subjects, and evidence-based medicine via didactic sessions and involvement in a suitable research project or review article.

Our program offers a comprehensive clinical experience with a strong emphasis on education in a collegial atmosphere. Faculty members are committed to maximizing the educational opportunities available for trainees, and encourage fellows to balance the demands of their training with their personal life by experiencing the outstanding recreational pursuits available in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Portland is a vibrant, ‘clean-green’ bike-friendly city that boasts excellent restaurants, cultural attractions, and an easygoing outdoor lifestyle in true Pacific Northwest tradition. It is an hour or less to the spectacular Oregon Coast, Mount Hood, the Columbia Gorge, and Oregon wine country.

We are confident that we offer an excellent experience that previous graduates from our program (several of whom are on our faculty) can attest to. We welcome your interest in our program, and hope you will consider submitting your application.

Kirk Lalwani, MD, FRCA, MCR
Pediatric Program Director

Prospective Fellows

To apply, please complete: Additionally, please arrange for the submission of:
  • 3 letters of recommendation (including one from your residency program director)
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Transcripts (unofficial/copies accepted)
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX scores (unofficial/copies accepted)
  • ABA certificate as evidence of passing the anesthesiology basic examination
  • ABA ITE examination scores (CA-1 and CA-2 years)

Please submit completed application packets electronically to:

Administrative Coordinator
Oregon Health & Science University
BTE-2 Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239

Tel: 503-494-6736  Fax: 503-494-5945

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