Obstetric Anesthesia

Thank you very much for your interest in GW's Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship.

The George Washington University's Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine is pleased to offer a fellowship in obstetric anesthesia for a Summer 2023 start date.  This unique offering in the nation's capital is an unaccredited, obstetric anesthesia fellow and junior faculty hybrid position that will split 70:30 (fellow:faculty) with commensurate experience, pay and benefits.  The curriculum will follow the ACGME-accredited fellowship requirements, and afford dedicated administrative time for teaching and research in the subspecialty.

Rotations will include teaching service rotations on the Labor and Delivery Unit of the George Washington University Hospital.  In addition, fellows will rotate with our Maternal Fetal Medicine service in clinic and they will have the opportunity to rotate in the top-ranked Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC.  Elective offerings will include research, blood bank, global health or health policy.  Overall, fellows will participate in fellowship-focused rotations for 7 months and they will work as a junior faculty member for 4 months with pro-rated call responsibilities. Moonlighting opportunities will be available (pending Director approval) as long as they do not interfere with fellowship training obligations.

All fellows will be supported to participate in a Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) meeting as well as to obtain ASA, DCSA and SOAP membership.  Licensing and malpractice are also included in benefits package.  Interested fellows will be able to participate in a neonatal resuscitation course as part of the fellowship.

The George Washington University Hospital supports roughly 3,500 deliveries annually as a SOAP designated Center of Excellence.  There are currently 5 core obstetric anesthesia faculty that cover the GW L&D Unit during the day, ensuring the quality of the experience for the fellow.  One-to-two residents and, as available, an advanced practice provider are assigned to the L&D Unit daily.  The Unit is covered 24/7/365 by a dedicated faculty member. In September, 2020, the George Washington University Hospital applied for SOAP Center of Excellence designtation, having met all of the requirements for COE status.

Current clinical and basic science research efforts reflect interests in postpartum hemorrhage, postpartum ambulation, and device studies.  Fellows will be expected to participate in research of their choosing under the mentorship of a faculty investigator.  Presentation of findings at a SOAP meeting is strongly encouraged.

Fellows will have access to the entire library of educational materials, including many key obstetric anesthesia texts, via the Himmelfarb Library.  They will also have dedicated office space with a desk and a computer in the Department's Offices.

Interested candidates should clarify an anticipated start date for consideration and send a cover letter and CV to Michelle Burnette, MD, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Director: mburnette@mfa.gwu.edu.


Michelle Burnette, MD
Director, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
The George Washington University