Training & Curriculum

Experience for fellows in the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship is well balanced between direct clinical care of patients and supervision of residents. Approximately 45 percent of the required case numbers are obtained with the fellow as the primary anesthesia provider under the supervision of a faculty anesthesiologist. Fellows are able to augment their roles as teachers and gain experience in supervision through regularly working with residents.

The Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship consists of 12 calendar months of clinical and didactic teaching.


6 1/4 months


1 1/2 months


20 working days distributed throughout the year


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1/4 month


1 month


1 month

Cath Lab

1 month


TEE = Transesophageal Echo, CSICU = Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit

Board Certification

Board certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography with the National Board of Echocardiography is expected of all fellows. Additionally, fellows in this program graduate with the tools necessary to excel in a broad range of practice environments, from academic medicine to private practice, and perform as effective and expert consultants in cardiothoracic anesthesiology.

The Cedars-Sinai Department of Anesthesiology has a history of commitment to education, research and state-of the-art clinical practice. Faculty members for the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship assist fellows to help make their educational experience memorable, enjoyable and meaningful.


Broad goals of the fellowship program are:

  • Develop the required competencies necessary for providing anesthesia services for patients with cardiothoracic disease undergoing cardiothoracic surgery with or without extracorporeal circulation
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the safe conduct of preoperative patient evaluation and interpretation of cardiopulmonary diagnostic data, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced level transesophageal echocardiogram, management of cardiopulmonary bypass and perioperative critical care
  • Practice the art of cardiothoracic anesthesiology in a moral, ethical and professional manner worthy of the Cedars-Sinai model of lifelong professional excellence

The Cedars-Sinai Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship offers five positions through the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship San Francisco match.

Conferences and Programs

As part of our training program, fellows are able to take advantage of opportunities to attend various national and international conferences, medical panels, and courses sponsored by the department of anesthesiology. Fellows are encouraged to also present in all of these events.

Annual Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Echo Week

Cardiovascular anesthesiologists from around the world gather to learn from and connect with each other. SCA Echo Week provides education on the applications of ultrasound technologies to diagnose and monitor perioperative cardiac performance.

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Annual Meeting and Workshops

The SCA Annual Meeting & Workshops offer the latest education in anesthesiology research and advancements. Participate in hands-on, small-group and didactic session formats to learn in the best environment for you. Sessions focus on clinical dilemmas, techniques, innovations and practice management. The SCA annual event provides an opportunity for professional development.

Have Questions or Need Help?

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