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University of Illinois Neuroanesthesia Fellowship

The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois sponsors a fellowship for anesthesia residents who have completed their residency and desire specialized training in neuroanesthesia.  This training includes several components.

Clinical Experience 
Neurosurgery offers some of the most challenging anesthesia cases.  Our anesthesia interventions improve patient care and enhance neurologic outcome following surgery.  These techniques include management of peri-tumor edema, increased intracranial pressure, cerebral ischemia, and cerebral and spinal cord protection from surgical ischemia and trauma.  Many of these patients have other significant medical problems that must also be addressed.  The caseload at the University of Illinois offers the neuroanesthesia fellow the opportunity to manage these clinical cases, under the guidance of attending anesthesiologists with specialty training in this area.

Monitoring:  Expertise is developed in intraoperative monitoring techniques which include placement of arterial lines, central venous lines, pulmonary artery catheters, evoked potentials, and electroencephalography.  The neuroanesthesia fellow will become competent in the placement and interpretation of these monitors.  Airway management for patients with cervical instability provides the opportunity to become skillful with fiberoptic/videoscopic intubation.

External Rotations:  These optional opportunities include neurology for the development of skills in neurophysiology monitoring (e.g., motor, sensory, brainstem, auditory).  A rotation to interventional neuroradiology provides an opportunity to gain expertise in this new field, which requires specialized knowledge of cerebral anatomy, pathology and hemodynamics.  On this rotation the fellow will become adept at reading cerebral and spinal angiograms.  The neuroanesthesia fellow may also participate in the management of patients in the Neurosurgical ICU by attending teaching rounds with the neurology/neurosurgical staff.  Our NSICU has 24 beds, which are always filled with critical patients.

Research
The neuroanesthesia fellow is expected to be involved in clinical or laboratory research.  This will include development, implementation, data gathering and analysis, writing an abstract, and presentation of the project at a meeting.

Teaching
The neuroanesthesia fellow is involved in daily clinical teaching of the basics of neuroanesthesia during residents’ operating room experiences.  He/she is also responsible for organizing weekly educational conferences with the residents, discussing the basics of neuroanesthesia, and evaluating current literature.

Fellowship Responsibilities

Supervise neuroanesthesia residents

  • Initially under the tutelage of the neuroanesthesia attending
  • After demonstating competency, the fellow will assume greater independence in directing the anesthesia management

 

Education of the neuroanesthesia resident

  • Organize and direct weekly neuroanesthesia conferences
  • Select articles for neuro journal club
  • In the OR – one on one teaching of the neuroanesthesia residents

 

Administer anesthesia for patients when needed to cover cases

Fellow Education

  • Attend neuroradiology teaching rounds
  • Attend neurosurgery grand rounds
  • Incorporate above knowledge into daily resident education
  • Attend Neurology teaching rounds in the Neuro ICU

 

Present one comprehensive lecture during the year

Develop a research project and/or take a major responsibility for an ongoing project

Submit at least one abstract to a regional/national meeting

Faculty

The neuroanesthesia faculty, all of them neuroanesthesia fellowship-trained, are:

Verna L. Baughman, MD
Ben Changyaleket, MD
Guy Edelman, MD
Edina Kim, MD
Chanannait Paisansathan, MD
Peggy Wheeler, MD

Click here for the fellowship application