Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position: Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
Contact Name: La'Keisha Horton
Contact Number: 615-936-3198
Contact Email: lakeisha.g.horton@vanderbilt.edu

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers an Advanced Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Fellowship for anesthesiologists who desire to focus on this relatively new and rapidly growing subspecialty. The training emphasizes the perioperative management of patients using multimodal analgesia including neuroaxial and peripheral neural blockade, as well as other innovative approaches to acute pain management.

Over a 12-month period, fellows rotate through a broad range of clinical areas including outpatient, inpatient, pediatric, and third-world regional and acute pain management, in addition to training in pertinent aspects of chronic pain management, TIVA anesthesia, and research. Graduates of the program are expected to become highly skilled in regional and acute pain management from basic to the most challenging interventions through an extensive understanding of anatomy and multimodal analgesia. The fellowship curriculum is designed to augment current resident regional anesthesia and acute pain management.

Fellows will be appointed as clinical instructors and will receive competitive compensation and CME support.

For more information, contact:
La'Keisha Horton
Program Coordinator

Application Due Date: accepted on a rolling basis


Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position: Pediatric Anesthesiology
Contact Name: Katherine Nash
Contact Number: 615-936-00233
Contact Email: katie.nash@vanderbilt.edu

The Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt attracts physicians who have a passion for learning in an environment that encourages independence, a commitment to patient care, compassion for their patients in the spirit of the anesthesia team model. You will have the opportunity to work with other fellows, anesthesia residents, CRNAs and SRNAs and the perioperative team all whose goal is to deliver the best medical and supportive care to their patients.

Our program provides 12 months of subspecialty education and training in all aspects of pediatric anesthesiology. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Subspecialty training is at the CA-IV level and begins after satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in anesthesiology.

Education and training concentrate on all phases of the patient’s inpatient and outpatient perioperative anesthesia care. All clinical training programs are conducted at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt which serves as both a primary care facility for local residents and a regional referral center. Clinical training in pediatric anesthesia ranges from brief outpatient procedures to complex neonatal, cardiovascular, orthopedic, transplant, and neurosurgical procedures.

The clinical anesthesia program provides a broad experience, beginning with routine case assignments, progressing to increasingly complex surgical procedures and coexisting diseases. Fellows can expect to easily exceed the minimum requirements for clinical case experience recommended by the ACGME. Fellows gain experience in the management of sedation and anesthesia outside the operating room by participating in the care of patients undergoing radiation therapy, PET scanning, cardiac catheterization, MRI and other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Directors committee has developed a content study guide for pediatric anesthesia fellows.

Rotations are offered in the following areas:
General and Advanced Pediatric Anesthesia (up to six months)
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia (two months)
Pediatric Critical Care Unit (one month)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (two weeks)
Pediatric Pain Service (one month)
Preoperative Clinic (PATCH Clinic) and PACU (one month)
Heart, Kidney and Lung Transplants
Supervision (one month)

International Service/Outreach
The Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt is committed to providing our trainees experience in an international environment through our Vanderbilt International Anesthesia (VIA) program. The VIA experience allows our fellows the opportunity to spend one month in a cross-cultural environment at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. This experience enables our fellows to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors essential for effective anesthesia practice in less developed, limited resource, international healthcare settings. Teaching and transfer of knowledge and clinical skills to local anesthesia practitioners and perioperative nurses is a key element of the VIA program. Fellows will also have extensive opportunities to develop regional anesthesia skills that may be underutilized in contemporary western practice. Working and teaching in international settings broadens fellows' awareness of cultural diversity and international healthcare delivery systems, and allows them to develop invaluable skills as educators in our field.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is also committed to providing medical services in underserved nations. This is evidenced by the number of our physicians and surgeons who travel to developing countries to offer their health care services. The Shalom Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing care to those children who live in poverty. The department of pediatric anesthesia actively participates in medical mission trips to Guatemala sponsored by Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital and The Shalom Foundation. Fellows are also encouraged and welcome to participate in these mission trips which take place at least two times per academic year.

All applications for our Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship are now accepted through each year until May 31st in ERAS (ACGME Program ID # 0424721021), the online application service of the AAMC. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the program director, Dr. Thomas Romanelli. We also request that you send your most recent ITE scores by email or US post to our coordinator, Katie Nash.

If you are interested in applying after May 31st, we will accept applications June 1st through June 30th using the common application. Please submit the common application and the following documents to Katie Nash:

A copy of your current curriculum vitae
A personal statement
A copy of your medical school diploma
A Dean's letter from your medical school
A reference letter from your Anesthesiology Residency Program Director
Two reference letters from colleagues
USMLE scores
ABA in training exam scores
Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), so we do ask that all applicants register with the NRMP to be included in the match process. You can find more information about the National Resident Matching Program athttp://www.nrmp.org/.

Application Due Date: June 30, 2017


Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position: Pain Medicine
Contact Name: Rebecca Stadler
Contact Number: 615-322-6033
Contact Email: rebecca.stadler@vanderbilt.edu

The Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University is proud to direct the institution's first and only multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship. Accredited by the ACGME in 2008, our fellowship combines extensive experience with advanced interventional techniques in addition to rotations in regional anesthesia, addiction psychiatry, neurology, radiology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, cancer pain and palliative care.

Trainees in the fellowship program will be extensively exposed to strategies of pain management by both anesthesiologists and faculty from other disciplines. The fellows, regardless of their primary specialty, should be competent in pain assessment, formulation and coordination of a multiple modality treatment plan, integration of pain treatment with primary disease management and palliative care and interaction with members of a disciplinary team.

To apply to the Vanderbilt University Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship, please complete the Application for Training found here: https://ww2.mc.vanderbilt.edu/1anesthesiology/37005.

Please also provide:
Transcript from medical school
Transcripts of USMLE/NBME scores
Deans Letter and 3 additional letters of recommendation
Official licensure verification from all states in which you have been or are currently licensed
Current Photo
Written explanation of any gaps in training, greater than one month, since graduation from medical school
ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
Note: Prior to matriculation, all fellows will be required to provide a certificate of completion from an ACGME-accredited residency.

We will be accepting applications for 4 open positions for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning on January 1, 2017 and continuing through Mar 15, 2017. Interviews will take place between April and June. We will be participating in the NRMP Match program for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you wish to apply for the Vanderbilt Pain Medcine Fellows' Program, download and complete our application and send it in as directed beginning January 1, 2017. Then, visit the NRMP Match website at http://www.nrmp.org and click on the "Fellowship Timeline" button and follow the prompts to register for a match. There will be a nominal fee charged by the NRMP Match organization for registering your application. Be sure to read, complete, and send all of your application materials to Rebecca Stadler beginning 1/1/2017. If you have any questions, contact rebecca.l.stadler@vanderbilt.edu.

Application Due Date: March 15, 2017


Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position: Global Anesthesiology
Contact Name: La'Keisha Horton
Contact Number: 615-936-3198
Contact Email: lakeisha.g.horton@vanderbilt.edu

Unlike many fellowship opportunities in anesthesiology, which build upon rotations experienced in residency and on didactic material thoroughly covered over three years, our Global Anesthesiology Fellowship offers exposure to an area of medicine and public health which is rarely experienced, if at all, during residency. The skills and knowledge needed by an anesthesiologist in low-income settings are not intuitive, and therefore a specific set of learning modules and clinical experiences are needed to allow the clinician to grow in these areas. Furthermore, researching topics of meaning in these settings often provides a set of unanticipated challenges when an individual is accustomed to a resource-rich training environment.


To develop an understanding of the role of anesthesia and surgery in global public health.

To appreciate the burden of surgical disease in low- and middle-income countries including the absence of essential infrastructure for the provision of safe anesthesia.

To refine the clinical skills required for providing anesthesia in austere and remote settings where technology and other resources are limited.

To provide patient care that is compassionate, ethical, appropriate, and effective for low- and middle-income countries.

To contribute to the international literature through a mentored research project pertaining to the global burden of surgical disease and/or the global anesthesia crisis.

To expand knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to the safe practice of anesthesia in austere and remote settings.

For additional information visit: https://ww2.mc.vanderbilt.edu/1anesthesiology/4508...

Dr. Kelly McQueen,
Program Director

La'Keisha Horton,
Program Coordinator

Application Due Date: accepted on a rolling basis


Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position: Critical Care Anesthesiology
Contact Name: Kristi Yunker
Contact Number: 615-343-5860
Contact Email: kristi.yunker@vanderbilt.edu

Vanderbilt’s Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine fellowship is an ACGME-accredited one-year program which provides an unparalleled innovative and in-depth critical care training opportunity in one of the country’s best medical centers and best cities to live. The fellowship is designed to meet the individual needs of each fellow in preparation for board certification, evidence-based critical care practice, and the additional professional aspects required to be a successful consultant physician. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is the tertiary referral and Level I trauma center for Nashville, all of Middle Tennessee, and parts of four surrounding states. The facility is designed for advanced remote patient monitoring to improve the timeliness and efficiency of patient care. Currently, the critical care units at VUMC include a 26-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), a 23-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), a 24-bed Neuro-Care ICU (NCU), a 31-bed integrated Acute and Sub-Acute care Trauma unit, and a 10-bed expandable Regional Burn Center ICU. Our faculty and fellows also staff the 13-bed Nashville VA Medical Center SICU.


Core rotations for the fellowship include the CVICU, SICU, NCU, Trauma ICU, Burn ICU, VA-SICU, and ECHO/Ultrasound rotation with additional elective months. The fellowship program offers a diverse array of electives such as intraoperative TEE, MICU, PICU, palliative care, medical subspecialties (e.g., nephrology, infectious disease, and cardiology), nutrition, and the Medical Examiner's Office. Fellows who have academic interests are strongly encouraged to use elective time to develop and pursue clinical or basic science investigations and are expected to present their work at national conferences. Additionally, the Vanderbilt International Anesthesiology (VIA) program provides anesthetic and critical care services to poorly-served countries around the world, including Central America (Guatemala), East Africa (Kenya and Somalia), South Africa (Botswana), and West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria). Fellows may take one elective month to participate in VIA which presents opportunity for trainees to experience the challenges and rewards of practicing and educating in the developing world.


In the ICUs, our fellows organize teaching/work rounds, formulate care plans, and facilitate communication between the ICU team and surgical services, consultative services, and family members. Our fellows serve as instructors for residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, and nursing staff. This includes formal CME-approved presentations, simulation sessions, and educational conferences throughout the year. Fellows also serve as instructors for Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) and our nationally-recognized Critical Care Skills Week which exposes junior medical students to topics in anesthesiology and critical care. All fellows will also have an administrative responsibility within the fellowship (e.g., scheduling, journal club, morbidity and mortality).


The teaching curriculum includes daily didactic sessions that consist of lectures, research conferences and studios, quality improvement training, echo lecture and case review, journal clubs, mortality and morbidity conferences, board preparation, and many others. Fellows will participate in ‘boot camp’ sessions for topics such as critical care ultrasound, ECMO, and ICU procedures. In addition, all fellows will gain ATLS training if needed. Fellows participate in a defined echocardiography curriculum for diagnosis and guidance of therapy in critically ill patients and will gain proficiency in applications of ultrasound to include but not limited to the FATE, FAST, VTE assessment, lung and pleural examinations. Fellows also participate in monthly simulation training at Vanderbilt’s cutting-edge Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA).


We participate in the San Francisco Match. The central application process and its requirements can be found here:


Application Due Date: March 15, 2017


Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Position: Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Contact Name: Mary Ruth Brewer
Contact Number: 615-322-4650
Contact Email: mary.r.brewer@vanderbilt.edu

The Vanderbilt Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship Program is committed to providing the highest quality training for future leaders, educators, and practitioners of cardiothoracic anesthesia. We offer a breadth of clinical experience including, but not limited to:

  • On-pump coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (OPCAB)
  • Valve surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Aortic surgery (including DHCA)
  • Thoracic surgery (VATS, open and interventional pulmonology)
  • Airway reconstruction
  • Heart and lung transplant
  • Ventricular assist device placement
  • Hybrid operating room procedures (Atricure, TAVR, Mitraclip, Lariat)

  • Our program is ACGME-accredited, and we have three one-year positions available annually. For our large clinical volume (1,500 cardiac cases/year), the number of fellows in the program is relatively small which allows the opportunity for a personalized, tailored educational experience for each fellow. Our fellows arrive to the Vanderbilt campus with varying backgrounds but with the common qualities of academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, compassion, and a strong work ethic. Although the fellowship is primarily clinical, fellows are required to complete at least one academic project with a faculty mentor during their fellowship year.

    For fellowship candidates interested in a more intensive research experience, we also offer a research track in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. This involves a minimum 2-year commitment. The first year consists of research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member at Vanderbilt and may be spent in any suitable laboratory or research group. The second year is spent in the regular clinical fellowship, and successful completion of this program will enable a competitive application to the departmental NIH T32 training program for academic perioperative physicians (75% protected non-clinical time). During this advanced esearch program, fellows may simultaneously pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI), a Master’s program specifically designed to pair young investigators with established mentors and provide coursework in statistical analysis and clinical trial design. Applicants with an interest in this academic path may also apply after their clinical fellowship year. There are also clinical two-year fellowship options for fellows who wish to pursue additional subspecialty training and/or certification in critical care, pain, or pediatric cardiac anesthesiology.

    We will be accepting applications to fill 5 positions beginning November 15, 2016 and continuing through January 31, 2017. We will be participating in the SF Match program for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you wish to apply for the Vanderbilt Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellows' Program visit the SF Match website at https://www.sfmatch.org and click on the "Log-In/Register" button and follow the prompts. Once we have received you SF Application you will be contacted to provide additional documents needed to complete your application.

    Application Due Date: January 31, 2017


    Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Position: Perioperative Medicine Fellow
    Contact Name: Nicki King
    Contact Number: 615-936-5194
    Contact Email: nicki.king@vanderbilt.edu

    The Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is excited to announce a new Fellowship in Perioperative Medicine. This fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for trainees who have the ambition of reaching outside of the immediate perioperative period (preop to PACU) to gain academic, clinical, and research expertise in perioperative medicine. The primary goal is to train leaders in the field who can practice in this domain of medicine to provide the most efficient, effective, and evidence-based patient-centered care. A corollary goal is to train academic researchers who will be leaders in bioinformatics, genomics, mHealth, and clinical-translational research in perioperative medicine.

    The Perioperative Medicine Fellowship was created with input from a multi-disciplinary team at Vanderbilt, including faculty from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Surgery. It is a one-year program that will train participants to be leaders in the clinical and academic research components of their professions, teaching them the skills needed to implement and manage their own perioperative consult service upon completion.

    Applications are now being accepted for training to start in July 2017. To learn more about the new Perioperative Medicine Fellowship, including information on how to apply, email Nicki King (nicki.king@vanderbilt.edu) or visit the Department website at www.vandydreamteam.com.

    Clinical Rotations

    During the fellowship program, participants can expect to gain experience in the following core rotations: Perioperative Consult Service, High-Risk Preoperative Evaluation Clinic, Echocardiography and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Management, Research, and a wide variety of electives.

    Didactic Curriculum Highlights

    A longitudinal program specifically dedicated to teaching safe, ethical, effective, efficient, and evidence-based perioperative management will be delivered. The following modules totaling almost 100 hours of small-group didactics, over 50 hours of hands-on training workshops and didactics, and 60+ hours of research credit. For all modules with an in-class discussion component, online flipped classroom learning modules will be provided as outlined below.

    MODULE 1: Perioperative Medicine and ERAS Programs

    MODULE 2: Clinical Concepts From Decision To Discharge

    MODULE 3: Perioperative Consult Service Logistics

    MODULE 4: Economics, Evidence, And Ethics

    MODULE 5: Research

    MODULE 6: Training Workshops

    MODULE 7: Practicum And Research Project

    The fellow will also be expected to participate in practicums including a) creating, implementing, and/or monitoring/refining an ERAS care pathway, b) creating, implementing, and/or monitoring/refining a co-morbidity-based care pathway, and c) a research project (at least one involving perioperative informatics; this should also result in an abstract presentation at a national meeting with manuscript submission to follow).

    Finally, as pain management is crucial to successful ERAS and perioperative programs, the fellows will be expected to attend regional anesthesia didactics offered through the Regional Anesthesia Fellowship.

    Application Due Date: April 1, 2017