UC San Diego Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia

The goal of the UC San Diego Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship is for the Fellow to design and implement a clinical and academic experience which will be useful for the Fellow’s future career, either in private practice or in academic medicine. A highly individualized course of study will be developed jointly with the Director of Obstetric Anesthesia, but at least one research project is required.

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia prides itself on close and collegial working relationships with the obstetrical, perinatology and nursing teams and our current hemodynamic research is led by both obstetricians and anesthesiologists.

In our teaching and practice we try to emphasize and optimize not only the medical and technical aspects of anesthesia care but also the interpersonal and organizational aspects as well.

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia has an active didactic teaching program for the Fellows and Residents, with daily and extensive discussion of topics such as:

  1. Physiological changes of pregnancy
  2. Anesthesia for cesarean section
  3. Preeclampsia
  4. Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy
  5. Obstetric hemorrhage
  6. Anesthesia for non-obstetric surgery in the pregnant patient
  7. Effective leadership and team development
  8. Use of simulation in Labor & Delivery

A typical year-long Fellowship might consist of the following experiences:

  • Labor and Delivery - 8 months
  • Research Project - 2 Months
  • (Elective) Acute Pain Service - 2-4 Weeks
  • (Elective) Maternal Fetal Medicine - 2 Weeks
  • (Elective) NICU - 2 Weeks

Academic Expectations:

  • SOAP and/or ASA Presentation
  • Lead Coordinator of OB Anesthesia Consultations and High Risk OB Cases
  • Participation and Leadership During Quarterly Journal Clubs
  • Weekly Resident Lectures
  • Learning the use of ultrasound for the placement of neuraxial blocks

As of August 24, 2012, the UC San Diego Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia has not sought ACGME approval.

Application Process

Initial steps for candidates interested in applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the [Link to our application Form]
  2. Submit the application (electronic copies are preferred) and the following supporting documents to the Anesthesiology Obstetric Fellowship Program Coordinator, Julie Nguyen:
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • Personal Statement
    • Current photograph
    • Copies of USMLE Score Reports
    • Copies of Anesthesia ITE Score Reports
    • Medical Student Performance Evaluation - Dean's Letter
    • Medical License
    • ACLS, ATLS, BLS
    • Copy of DEA Certificate
    • NPI Number
    • Copy of Medical School Diploma
    • Three Letters of Reference (At least 1 letter must reflect your performance in an Obstetric Anesthesia unit setting. Letters should be addressed to Dr. Lawrence Weinstein at the contact address below and should be dated within the past 12 months. Electronic copies are acceptable if sent from the letter author or their administrative staff)

Applicants will be closely reviewed only after receipt of all required documents.

Lawrence Weinstein, MD, Fellowship Program Director
Attention: Julie Nguyen, Fellowship Coordinator
UCSD Anesthesiology Obstetrics Fellowship Program
200 West Arbor Drive, MC 8770
San Diego, CA 92103-8770
junguyen@ucsd.edu