How long is an advanced fellowship?
The recommended duration of the pediatric cardiac anesthesia fellowship is 12-months. However, certain institutions may offer 3, 6, or 9 months of clinical training in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology.
Please refer to the CCAS Advanced Training link for further information. (https://www.ccasociety.org/training-programs/)
Do I need a prior Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship?
A fellowship is required prior to Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology. The most common pathway is to complete a Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship prior to the Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship. In rare instances, applicants have trained in adult cardiac anesthesia prior to pediatric cardiac anesthesia.
What clinical experience can I expect to encounter during a Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia fellowship?
The clinical practice of pediatric cardiac anesthesiology is focused on the care of patients with acquired and congenital heart disease. The trainee fully participates in the perioperative care of patients with CHD, ranging in age from birth to adult, in a wide variety of anesthetizing locations (operating rooms, catheterization laboratory, electrophysiology, imaging). Additional clinical rotations include echocardiography, perfusion practice, intensive care unit and blood management.
Is there a board exam for Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia?
At the present time there is no board exam for Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia.