The department of Anesthesiology offers a fellowship training program in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. This specialized program provides in depth training in the perioperative and anesthetic management of adult patients having cardiac surgery as well as pediatric patients with congenital heart defects. It involves cardiac, thoracic and major vascular procedures with or without cardiopulmonary bypass inside and outside of the operating room.
Goals and Objectives
This subspecialty in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia will be structured to ensure optimal patient care while providing fellows the opportunity to develop skills in clinical care, teaching and research.
The specific goals of this special program are:
- Stimulating reading and understanding of Cardiothoracic and Vascular pathophysiology as well as techniques of extracorporeal circulation.
- Gaining sufficient training, skills and experience in the preoperative patient's evaluation and interpretation of Cardiothoracic and Vascular test data, hemodynamic and respiratory monitoring, pharmacological and mechanical hemodynamic support, ventilator support and perioperative pain management.
- Maintaining teaching and research productivity.
Scope of Education:
The majority of the training in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia will be spent in caring for patients in the operating room, other anesthetizing locations and cardiac catheterization lab. It includes anesthesia for operative cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeries and non-operative diagnostic and interventional cardiac thoracic and electrophysiological procedures. Upon completion of the one-year program, the cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow will have (1) Acquired the knowledge, judgment, and skills requisite with recognition as a consultant anesthesiologist with subspecialty expertise in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, (2) Developed specialized expertise in the performance and interpretation of perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (3) Participated actively in clinical and/or basic research with the goal of acquiring skills needed to identify important clinical questions, to critically evaluate published literature, and to design studies to answer questions according to sound scientific methods.