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Clinical Electives & Academic Activities

Academic Activity

Each RA&APM Fellow must participate in academic activity. Starting approximately six weeks into the fellowship year, each fellow is given one weekly academic day to facilitate their academic activities. The academic day varies each week. Fellows have the opportunity to choose from several academic tracks or submit a self-designed proposal to the Director of the Fellowship and the Director of Anesthesiology.

Academic Tracks

Incoming RA&APM Fellows may deepen their educational experience by focusing their academic time through an academic track. Incoming fellows will be invited to learn more and interview for specific tracks. At this time, we can only accommodate one fellow per academic track each year. Participation in academic tracks is optional.

  • Bio-Ethics: The bio-ethics academic track offers complementary training and certification in bio-ethics that enables participants to sharpen their understanding of ethics and prepare them for leadership roles in bioethics committees.
  • Education: This academic track offers an opportunity to develop additional expertise in, and create projects that further medical education within anesthesiology, particularly in the subspecialty of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.  It may include creation of an educational project that furthers the department’s education mission, development of a focused topic lecture series, writing educational content for the department website, editing on-line orientation materials for rotating residents, educational research, provision of support for the department’s CME programs, as well as self-designed projects.
  • Global Health: The global health academic track involves work with the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management’s Global Health Initiative, providing sustainable medical education and training to anesthesia providers. Fellows will provide care on humanitarian missions, design curriculum, and teach anesthesia techniques abroad.
  • History: The history academic track consists of the creation and development of a historically-relevant project that includes research, survey creation and analysis, interviews and communications with relevant parties, and manuscript development.
  • Informatics: This academic track helps enhance the Department’s use of EPIC, our electric record system by working with EPIC super users, attending departmental EPIC committee meetings. The Informatics academic track may require travel to Wisconsin to participate in the EPIC Physician Builders’ Program.
  • Integrative Medicine: The integrative medicine academic track requires fellows to apply for certification in acupuncture, or another complimentary alternative medicine modality, such as herbal certification or ayurvedic medicine, and complete a required reading list before they graduate the program. 
  • Value Curriculum: The Value Curriculum academic track will complete introductory modules from the ACP-AAIM High Value Care Curriculum before the start of the fellowship. These fellows create timelines to map cost and quality drivers and evaluate clinical decisions. Fellows within this academic track will attend periodic value conferences throughout the year.

Note: If a fellow opts for an academic track that requires travel, that travel will count as his/her clinical elective.


Fellows may opt to participate in departmental or collaborative research as their academic activity, or, in addition to one of the academic tracks. All fellows will be sent a list of current and planned research protocols a few months before the start of their fellowship.

Clinical Electives

Fellows can further individualize their time at HSS by choosing a clinical elective to supplement their clinical and didactic experience. Clinical electives are optional, but encouraged.

  • If a fellow participates in an academic track that includes travel, that is considered the fellow’s clinical elective and they may not choose another.
  • Any elective must be pre-approved by the Director of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management.
  • For any elective requiring travel, the fellow must submit a proposed budget for the elective to the Director.
  • Elective time is limited to two weeks (a maximum of 10 workdays) but may be less than two weeks.
  • Fellows choosing any elective that requires travel are asked to work one Saturday OR, without compensation, to help defray expenses.
  • Two weeks at Paracelsus University in Salzburg, which includes clinical work and presentation of a lecture
  • One additional week on the Acute Pain Service
  • One week’s Observership with the Interventional Pain Management Team
  • One week’s experience with the Critical Care Team
  • One to two weeks medical mission/volunteerism opportunity
  • One week (five days) of non-clinical time dedicated to academic/research activities
  • One to two weeks as an observer at another regional anesthesia/acute pain medicine program
  • One week in Copenhagen attending an advanced course in Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE)

Fellows may also submit a proposal for a self-designed elective to the Director.

Questions: Please contact Mary Hargett, Director of Education and Clinical Initiatives at hargettm@hss.edu.


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