Our program offers a one-year fellowship position in obstetric anesthesiology under the direction of David Birnbach, MD, MPH and a staff of fellowship-trained obstetric anesthesiologists. The members of the division of obstetric anesthesia provide labor analgesia for approximately 80 percent of our nearly 4,000 deliveries each year. This active service provides ample opportunity for fellows to supervise and personally administer numerous neuraxial blocks.
A labor and delivery ICU at Jackson Memorial Hospital is used for management of very high risk parturients. This allows the anesthesiologists and obstetricians to work together as a team to provide optimum care for the highest-risk group of pregnant patients, including those whose diseases necessitate the use of invasive monitoring.
ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: One
Duration: One Year
Postgraduate Training Required: ACGME Accredited Residency Program
U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited program in anesthesiology.
A close relationship with the obstetricians and neonatologists provides an excellent environment for patient care and joint research endeavors. Weekly interdepartmental conferences allow the obstetric anesthesiology fellow to better understand and communicate the problems of the high-risk parturient. While on the labor floor, obstetric anesthesia fellows have the opportunity to teach residents and medical students. There are presently 6 IRB-approved obstetric anesthesia research projects ongoing. Each fellow is expected to participate in ongoing research as well as to design, attain IRB approval for, and implement a research project. A monthly obstetric anesthesiology conference with a statistician exposes the fellows to the statistical analyses necessary to conduct clinical research.
Our Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program participates in the SF Match process, please visit sfmatch.org to register as an applicant and rank program.