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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 this Fellowship Program?

Foreign medical graduates may apply to our Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. Foreign medical graduates must have successfully completed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible for this Fellowship Program.

What is the application deadline for the Fellowship Program?

The application deadline is May 15th of the previous year (e.g., May 15th, 2016, for the 2017-2018 academic year).

When may the Fellowship application be submitted?

The application may be submitted at any time. Applications are reviewed when completed. Interview invitations are customarily offered in early spring.

When does the Fellowship year begin?

The Fellowship year traditionally begins a few days after the ABA written Board Exams have taken place. A comprehensive orientation program takes place on the first two days of the program. Fellows participate in an extensive cadaver lab curriculum, ultrasound workshops, and additional lectures and training sessions.

May graduates of residency programs other than anesthesiology apply?

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

Where may I find the application?

The application may be found in the Fellowship 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

Tri-Institutional Pain Management Fellowship Program

Our Department participates in a collaborative Pain Medicine Fellowship with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York-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.

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 privileges 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.

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:

  • Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts General Hospital
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 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. Potential Academic Observers must submit all required institutional documentation at least two weeks in advance of the proposed visit. The maximum amount of time permitted for a visit is customarily two days.


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