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Anesthesiology Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

How may I apply for a Fellowship in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine at HSS?

Please visit our Fellowship in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine section for information on our program, or to download an application.

Are foreign medical graduates eligible for the Program?

Foreign medical graduates may apply to the Fellowship Program in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine. However, candidates accepted into the Fellowship Program must have completed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2, prior to the start of the Fellowship.

What is the application deadline for the Fellowship Program?

The application deadline is June 30 of the previous year (e.g., June 30, 2012 for the 2013-2014 academic year).

When may the Fellowship application be submitted?

The application may be submitted at any time. Applications are reviewed by our Director, Dr. Gregory Liguori, and our Academic Leadership Team: Dr. Jonathan Beathe, Dr. David Lee, Dr. Lauren Turteltaub, Mrs. Mary Hargett, and interview invitations are then extended to selected candidates.

When does the Fellowship year begin?

The Fellowship year traditionally begins on the first Thursday in August. On their first 2 days, Fellows participate in an extensive Cadaver Lab curriculum and in an Ultrasound Course that includes didactic sessions and block workshops. A comprehensive orientation is also presented by the Director and the Academic Leadership Team.

May graduates of residency programs other than anesthesiology apply?

Only candidates who have completed an anesthesiology residency program are eligible for this Fellowship Program in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine.

Where may I find the application?

The application may be found in the Fellowship Program in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine section of our website.

What additional documentation is required for applicants?

Candidates must submit the following documentation in addition to the application:

  • Official copies of his/her medical school transcript and diploma
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A Personal Statement a brief narrative of approximately 250 words explaining your reason for pursuit of this Fellowship
  • A brief description of one or more proposed academic activities* during the Fellowship (approximately 250 words)
  • Three letters of professional reference, including one from the director of your current training program

    *applicants for the 2 year Clinical/Research Fellowship are asked to submit three proposed research projects, including supporting literature.

Does your Department offer a Chronic Pain Medicine Fellowship?

Our Department participates in a collaborative Pain Medicine Fellowship with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Fellows in this program rotate to all cooperating institutions (a four month rotation at each institution) and have the opportunity to view and learn pain management techniques for varying patient populations. For more information, please visit the Tri-Institutional Fellowship in Chronic Pain Medicine information page.

Are clinical electives/rotations from non-affiliated institutions permitted?

The Department often receives requests for clinical electives from physicians in national and international training programs. Regretfully, we are unable to grant these requests. Only residents in programs with which we maintain a formal academic affiliation are permitted clinical privileging at HSS. Most importantly, our first priority, in terms of case experience, must be to our Fellows, who make a year-long commitment to advanced training in regional anesthesia.

What are the institutions with which you have a formal academic affiliation?

The Department of Anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery is academically affiliated with the following institutions:

  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Weill Cornell Medical College

Do you offer an Academic Observership Program?

In consideration of patient and staff safety, and in compliance with institutional policy, approval for visits is limited to attending anesthesiologists only from those programs with whom we have affiliations. The maximum amount of time a person may visit is two days. We suggest that those interested in our practice consider attending our annual Regional Anesthesia Symposium, which take places each spring in New York City. Symposium registrants do have the opportunity to attend several intimate workshops with our faculty.

For any other questions regarding our academic programs, please contact Mary Hargett, Administrative Director, Education, at 
hargettm@hss.edu.

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