This is an advanced fifth-year level program of one-year duration. Each year, one to two new fellows are selected to begin training in July. To be considered for the MD Anderson Cancer Anesthesia fellowship, all candidates must have completed an accredited Anesthesiology residency program in either the United States or Canada, and be board certified or board-eligible. International candidates with equivalent foreign training will be considered.
In addition to the application documents for all candidates, international candidates will also need to have the following: An appropriate J-1 visa, which allows for work/training, ECFMG certification (this is also a requirement for the visa), certified translations for all documents that are not in English, a credentials evaluation which states that their foreign medical degree is comparable to ones that are issued by an accredited US medical school, and a Physician-in-Training (PIT) permit of full medical license from the Texas Medical Board.
Successful completion of fellowship training results in an institutional certification by MD Anderson. In order to be qualified for certification, the fellow must complete 12 months of training within the department, perform in a satisfactory manner, present at least four (4) oral presentations including a Grand Rounds presentation and prepare an article suitable for publication.
Suggested rotation scheme (can be modified with Program Director’s approval to meet applicant needs):
|Surgical Oncology (Hepato-biliary, Colo-rectal and Hyperthermic chemo-perfusion)||Eight weeks|
|Difficult airway (complex Head & Neck)||Four weeks|
|Urology (including atrio-caval thrombectomy)||Four weeks|
|Brain & Complex Spine||Eight weeks|
|Thoracic (including atrio-caval thrombectomy, Pneumonectomies and tracheal resections)||Eight weeks|
|Acute Pain||Four weeks|
|Pulmonary Lab||Four weeks|
|Echo Lab||Four weeks|
|Pacemaker Clinic||Four weeks|
Other educational opportunities
- Trainees have the resources of Scientific Publications Office and Research Medical Library to enhance their skills at scientific writing and literature search and review
- Fellows attend the institutional GME competency and Oncology core curriculum lecture series
- Fellows have the opportunity to participate in the workshops/conferences sponsored by the department for national audience
- Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend the educational sessions for Fellows in Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery and Thoracic Surgery
- It is anticipated that the Fellow upon completion of the training will be eligible and ready to enter into the i-TEE certification program
All applications materials should be addressed to:
Vijaya Gottumukkala, M.D., F.R.C.A.
Cancer Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine-Unit 409
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Residents with several institutions, including University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, Baylor College of Medicine, Tulane University and Wilford Hall Medical Center, rotate into MD Anderson for short-term training opportunities.
Residents with these institutions spend one month working in anesthesiology, nuroanesthesiology and thoracic surgery as CA-IIIs after completing three years of residency.
The goals and objectives for MD Anderson Cancer Center residents are as follows:
- Functional anatomy and physiology of the human airway
- Recognition and classification of the difficulty, analysis, explanation and application of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Difficult Airway Algorithm
- Different airway techniques
- Difficult airway situations, case examples and analysis
- Preoperative evaluation
- Pulmonary function testing
- Intraoperative monitoring
- Physiology of one-lung ventilation and lateral decubitus position
- Methods of lung separation
- Management of one-lung ventilation
- Choice of anesthesia
- Anesthesia for diagnostic procedures
- Bronchoscopy (FOB/rigid)
- Anesthesia for special situations
- High-frequency ventilation
- Bronchopleural fistula
- Tracheal resection
- Bronchopulmonary lavage
- Myasthenia gravis
- Thoracic epidural technique
- TEE (basic intermediate and advance level)
- Postoperative management and complications
- Placement of arterial line, central venous access and pulmonary artery catheter
Anesthesia for Neurosurgery
- Anatomy, physiology and pharmacology
- Special positioning
- Special monitoring (SSEP, EMG, EEG and Doppler)
- Intracranial and extracranial procedures that include:
- Awake craniotomy
- Brain stem procedure
- Spine instrumentation
- Interpretation of
- CT scan
Dilip Thakar, M.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
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.