The purpose of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Advanced Airway Management Fellowship is to provide supervised training to board-certified or board eligible anesthesiologists in the practice of Advance Airway Management. Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge base and master the most advanced techniques of airway management. After completion of this one-year fellowship training, the individual should be able to manage the most complex and challenging airways. The fellow will be familiar with techniques of invasive airway management and their corresponding indications, airway management algorithms, and guidelines should be mastered.
Overall, this one-year fellowship program consisting of clinical training, teaching, and research components will prepare future experts to not only serve as valuable resources for enhancing airway safety in clinical practice, but also in the development of airway-related teaching and research for the future. They will have the skills and resources that will allow them to continue their professional development even after their fellowship training, and they can serve as competent, comprehensive anesthesia consultants for both routine and complex airway management patients in a variety of settings and clinical practices.
Based on the challenges and airway failures that have occurred in the US and worldwide, we know that 25% of all anesthesia related deaths are airway management-related issues handled by the most experienced airway experts in the medical field. This suggests that the experiences in airway management of the average anesthesiologist are not sufficient to handle the more difficult, sophisticated airways. Although airway management is an essential skill set for routine anesthetic practice, the life-saving measures in unexpected medical emergencies often call an airway expert to perform.
As the premier cancer hospital in the world, MD Anderson provides an excellent resource for clinical material and professional expertise. Fellows will be exposed to extensive pathology and anatomic changes in the airway resulting from airway cancer diseases and corresponding anti-cancer therapies, including radiation and surgery in the upper aero-digestive tract. This exposure gives trainees a unique opportunity for educational advancement. This training will enable the fellow to become a specialist in the field of airway management.
Program objectives include:
- Perform competently all procedures considered essential for the area of practice, including evaluation of airway imaging study, performing bedside airway assessment by flexible laryngoscopy and variety of advanced airway management skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of inhalational anesthetics, intravenous anesthetics, local anesthetics, and opioids and their effects on airway management.
- Demonstrate understanding of the practice guidelines in airway management and its pathways in complex airway management scenarios.
- Demonstrate understanding of perioperative acute pain management and its effect on the airway – especially the effect of opioids.
- Perform transtracheal, superior laryngeal, and glossopharyngeal nerve blocks.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate airway-related literature and apply scientific evidence to decision making.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively supervise the clinical care of adult and pediatric patients by more junior trainees and other anesthesia providers.
Required application materials include:
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement of Intent: Goals and reason for pursuing an Advanced Airway Management (AAM) Fellowship
Other items that may be required for application:
- Three Letters of Recommendation (LORs): If currently in a program, one letter must be from the Program Director.
- Letter of Good Standing for current residents that indicates trainee standing and expected completion date from the program,
Post-acceptance materials include:
- USMLE, COMLEX, FLEX scores report
- Original medical transcripts
- Medical diploma: copy
- Certificate of training completion – copy for each certification
- General Anesthesia
- Head and Neck Surgery
- Bronchoscopy Suite
- Surgical ICU
- Interventional Radiology Suite
- Gastrointestinal Center
- Carin Hagberg, M.D., FASA, Chief Academic Officer, Division Head & Professor, Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
- Gang Zheng, M.D., Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology & PeriOperative Medicine, Program Director for Advanced Airway Management Fellowship Program
- Angela Truong, M.D., Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology Pain Management
- Joseph Chiang, M.D., M.S., Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology Pain Management
- Jackson Su, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology & PeriOperative Medicine
- Mona Sarkiss, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology & PeriOperative Medicine
- Dam-Thuy Truong, M.D., M.P.H., FRCPC, Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology & PeriOperative Medicine
- Juan Cata, M.D., Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & PeriOperative Medicine
- Amy Hessel, M.D., FACS, Professor, Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery
When does the application process start?
Applications open January 1 and close June 30.
Do you use ERAS for the application process?
No, we use MD Anderson's Discover database. A link to Discover will be provided here on our website on January 1.
Do all listed documents have to be uploaded in order for the application to be reviewed by faculty?
No, only the completed Application, CV, Letter of Good Standing (for current residents) and three Letters of Recommendation are required in order for your application to be reviewed.
How many positions are there in the MD Anderson Pain Medicine Fellowship?
Two fellow positions are offered each academic year.
When are interviews held?
Interviews will start in June and end in August. If you are offered an interview, there will be three dates from which to choose. All interviews are on weekdays.
MD Anderson Cancer Center is located in Houston, in the Texas Medical Center, which boasts:
- The finest in medical education and treatment
- Numerous parks, including Hermann Park which has an outdoor theater and large zoo
- An academic and cultural arena that includes Baylor College of Medicine, Rice and St. Thomas Universities, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Arts
- Close proximity to Houston's noted symphony orchestra, opera, theater and ballet.
Other sites of various activities available within a few minutes' drive include Moody Gardens, Sam Houston Race Park, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, SplashTown Waterpark, Downtown Aquarium, Space Center Houston, Lone Star Flight Museum, San Jacinto Battlefield, NRG Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center. The cost of living is moderate and housing is very reasonable. For more information, visit our About Houston page.
Mary Ann Oler
Department of Pain Medicine
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 409
Houston, TX 77030
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.