UC San Diego Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia

The goal of the UC San Diego Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship is for the Fellow to design and implement a clinical and academic experience which will be useful for the Fellow’s future career, either in private practice or in academic medicine. A highly individualized course of study will be developed jointly with the Director of Obstetric Anesthesia, but at least one research project is required.

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia prides itself on close and collegial working relationships with the obstetrical, perinatology and nursing teams and our current hemodynamic research is led by both obstetricians and anesthesiologists.

In our teaching and practice we try to emphasize and optimize not only the medical and technical aspects of anesthesia care but also the interpersonal and organizational aspects as well.

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia has an active didactic teaching program for the Fellows and Residents, with daily and extensive discussion of topics such as:

  1. Physiological changes of pregnancy
  2. Anesthesia for cesarean section
  3. Preeclampsia
  4. Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy
  5. Obstetric hemorrhage
  6. Anesthesia for non-obstetric surgery in the pregnant patient
  7. Effective leadership and team development
  8. Use of simulation in Labor & Delivery

A typical year-long Fellowship might consist of the following experiences:

  1. Ten or eleven months on Labor & Delivery at UC San Diego Medical Center, caring for high risk parturients with conditions such as preeclampsia, multiple gestation, known coagulopathy, spinal instrumentation, cardiovascular disease or placenta accreta.
  2. Daily participation in “OB Board Rounds” while at UC San Diego.
  3. One or two months at Mary Birch Hospital for Women, working with outstanding anesthesiologists in a high volume, high quality OB Anesthesia private practice setting.
  4. Research in the hemodynamics of pregnancy, anesthesia and delivery, using non-invasive methods such as electrical cardiometry and hand-held cardiac ultrasound.
  5. Learning the use of ultrasound for the placement of neuraxial blocks.
  6. Participation in the education of anesthesia residents.
  7. Participation in multidisciplinary patient care conferences.
  8. Presentation of one or more posters at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.
  9. Publication of research.

As of August 24, 2012, the UC San Diego Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia has not sought ACGME approval.

Application Process

Initial steps for candidates interested in applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the [Link to our application Form]
  2. Submit the application (electronic copies are preferred) and the following supporting documents to the Anesthesiology Obstetric Fellowship Program Coordinator, Julie Nguyen:
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Current photograph
  • Copies of USMLE Score Reports
  • Copies of Anesthesia ITE Score Reports
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation - Dean's Letter
  • Medical License
  • ACLS, ATLS, BLS
  • Copy of DEA Certificate
  • NPI Number
  • Copy of Medical School Diploma
  • Three Letters of Reference (At least 1 letter must reflect your performance in an Obstetric Anesthesia unit setting. Letters should be addressed to Dr. Lawrence Weinstein at the contact address below and should be dated within the past 12 months. Electronic copies are acceptable if sent from the letter author or their administrative staff)
  • Applicants will be closely reviewed only after receipt of all required documents.

    Lawrence Weinstein, MD, Fellowship Program Director
    Attention: Julie Nguyen, Fellowship Coordinator
    UCSD Anesthesiology Obstetrics Fellowship Program
    200 West Arbor Drive, MC 8770
    San Diego, CA 92103-8770
    junguyen@ucsd.edu