Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Pediatric Anesthesiology

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is designed to further develop clinical expertise in caring for neonates, infants, children, and adolescents undergoing a wide variety of surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures. There are approximately 30,000 anesthetics performed yearly at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh sites. It is among the oldest and most successful fellowships of its kind in the country and it is one of the first Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowships to receive ACGME accreditation. Nine one-year positions are available each year.

Clinical Experience

In addition to the routine pediatric surgical patients, the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow will be expected to master the anesthetic care of complicated pediatric patients undergoing repair of orthopedic, neurologic, urologic, plastic, and general surgical pathologies. The fellow will also be exposed to pediatric patients with organ failure undergoing transplantation and non-transplantation procedures. The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow will develop expertise in critical perioperative pediatric care, pediatric advanced life support, invasive monitoring, and pediatric pain management during subspecialty rotations on the Acute Pain Medicine Service, Congenital Cardiac Service, and The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Fellows will be involved in emergency room and intraoperative management of the pediatric trauma patient. Specifically, the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow will understand the airway management needs of such patients, as well as gain familiarity with resuscitation of pediatric trauma patients.

Educational Program

The fellow will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the developmental, pharmacological, anatomic, physiologic, and psychological changes that occur with age and disease. The didactic component of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship program consists of lectures, seminars, departmental conferences, and bedside teaching. The lecture series consists of daily 30-minute morning conferences. In addition to these morning conferences, a weekly seminar is held to further explore topics in pediatric anesthesiology. These seminars are one hour in duration and are conducted by faculty from the anesthesiology, pediatric, and surgery departments. There is also a monthly morbidity and mortality conference.

Application Process

We utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please use this service to submit your application to the pediatric anesthesiology fellowship program.

Anesthesiology residents interested in the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship are encouraged to apply. The qualifications for the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program are that the applicant will have completed an AGCME-Accredited Anesthesiology Residency Program by the start of the fellowship. Upon completion of an application and interview, fellows will be selected and ranked by a review committee. A minimum of three letters of recommendation one from the Residency Program Director is required for this program. Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Please register with the match to be considered for an interview.

Application materials:

  • Completed pediatric fellowship application (PDF)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from the anesthesiology program director)
  • Medical school transcript
  • ​Medical school dean's letter
  • ​All of your ABA In-Training exam scores
  • USMLE
  • CV

Selection Timeline

November: Applications accepted
April: Interviews start (9-10 days scheduled through September)
August: Application acceptance stops
September: Interviews stop
October: Match

For further information, please contact the program director, Franklyn P. Cladis, MD.