The Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship is distinctly different from the regional resident rotation conducted during either the CA-2 or CA-3 year of training. It is intended to provide advanced training with expectations for greater independence in the care of more complex patients undergoing major procedures.
During the 12 months of clinical training in the program, fellows do not rotate outside of the regional practice.
The fellowship has no call obligations in order to maximize fellowship training.
Moonlighting is permitted for licensed fellows, but should not interfere with the required learning and must not violate the work hour rules of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or visa regulations. Moonlighting should not compromise the fellow's education, but rather enhance it.
Bench and clinical research are major components of the fellowship. Following completion of the training, fellows will be able to enter any academic program with the experience necessary to conduct clinical research.
Didactic training is an integral part of Mayo Clinic's Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship. Trainees participate in:
- Journal clubs
- Morbidity and mortality conferences
- Formal practice oral examinations (if not already boarded)
- Subspecialty minilectures
Cardiac Life Support Certification
Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for all Mayo Clinic residents and fellows.
Opportunities are available for teaching Mayo medical students, visiting students, surgery residents, internal medicine residents and anesthesia residents through operating room instruction and formal didactic lectures.
Fellows have the opportunity to gain experience in a number of administrative capacities during their training. These include the department education council, education committee and quality assurance committee, as well as organizing a monthly Regional Anesthesia Journal Club. Fellows can also participate in committee assignments for the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the House of Delegates of the ASA and the state societies of anesthesiology in Minnesota, Florida or Arizona.
Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs. After completing the Regional Anesthesia Fellowship program, career opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's practice sites.
To ensure that you gain proficiency and develop corresponding technical skills, individual performance is monitored carefully throughout the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.