Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Our team of highly motivated academic cardiothoracic anesthesiologists prepare our fellows for independent practice by guiding the development and honing of skills in clinical care, teaching, and research. Our didactic teaching program and our very busy cardiothoracic surgical service provide outstanding educational opportunities both in and out of the operating rooms. With the extensive clinical experience, guidance, and education they receive, our fellows become competent to provide the best outcomes for patients under their care.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited our fellowship in 2006, and our fellowship continues to earn Continued Accreditation with no citations. We are currently accredited to train seven ACGME fellows.

Our fellow duty hours and conditions of work are in compliance with ACGME requirements as well as New York State law. All weekend and night on-call duties are from home by beeper, and there is no elective operating schedule at The Mount Sinai Hospital on weekends or on national or major religious holidays.

Cases

At Mount Sinai, we perform more than 1,800 cardiac surgical procedures annually, with approximately 1,500 utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass. Approximately 15 percent are coronary revascularizations and nearly 50 percent are complex valve procedures (particularly mitral and tricuspid valve repairs). The remaining bypass cases include major aortic reconstructions, major pediatric congenital procedures, a large number of implantations of mechanical circulatory support devices, adult and pediatric heart transplantation, and congenital procedures on adults.

Non-bypass procedures include off-pump coronary revascularization, transcatheter valve implantations, and approximately 700 video-assisted and open procedures on the lungs and esophagus. We routinely provide care to pediatric patients undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic interventional cardiology procedures, and to a large and growing number of pediatric and adult patients undergoing percutaneous electrophysiologic studies and cutting-edge interventions.

We perform over 2,000 transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE) each year, and our training program emphasizes the instruction of fellows in advanced perioperative TEE by our faculty. Our cardiac anesthesia attending staff is certified by the National Board of Echocardiography to perform perioperative TEE, and in the past 15 years, approximately 100 percent of our fellows who took the perioperative TEE exam passed it on the first attempt.

Our fellowship has been ACGME-accredited since July 2006, and our most recent site visit resulted “Continued Accreditation” with no citations. Currently, we are accredited to train seven ACGME fellows. Fellow duty hours and conditions of work are in compliance with ACGME requirements and New York State law. All weekend and night "on-call" duties are from home by beeper and there is no elective operating schedule at The Mount Sinai Hospital on weekends or on national or major religious holidays.

Eligibility

The Icahn School of Medicine’s Consortium for Graduate Medical Education dedicates itself to attracting and maintaining the highest quality house staff and diverse group of trainees. The Department of Anesthesiology and the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology share this vision and welcome fellowship applications from all eligible physicians without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or citizenship.

We consider applicants with the following qualifications eligible for appointment to the fellowship:

  1. Graduates of a residency program in anesthesiology in the United States accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  2. Graduates of a residency program in anesthesiology in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  3. Graduates of an accredited residency program in anesthesiology outside the United States or Canada who have one of the following qualifications:
    1. A currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); or
    2. A full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction.

We select fellows based on the applicant's demonstrated ability to benefit from the educational program, qualifications, and personal interview. When selecting fellows, we consider aptitude, academic credentials, personal characteristics, ability to communicate using the English language, and letters of recommendation. Once selected, appointment as a member of house staff is contingent upon the satisfaction of all institutional requirements.

How to Apply

Mount Sinai participates in the San Francisco (SF) Match for ACGME-accredited CT Anesthesia Fellowships, and all ACGME applicants to our program must be registered with the SF Match. There is now a common CT Anesthesia Fellowship application used by all programs that participate in the SF Match. Please visit SF Match for registration details, instructions, and application deadlines. Programs are notified directly by SF Match when a candidate’s application is complete.

For the purpose of potentially scheduling an interview, we need only the completed SF Match application, which includes the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a personal statement and requisite letters of recommendation. Such letters should be from actively practicing clinicians familiar with the applicant’s current clinical skills, knowledge and attitudes, and should address the potential to serve the ACTA fellowship. If currently a resident, one of the letters should be from the applicant’s current (or most recent) training program director. If currently employed and practicing, one of the letters should be from the applicant’s current supervisor or head of service. The SF Match application requires that letters of recommendation be mailed to them as signed hard copies in a sealed envelope, also signed across the seal by the author to assure integrity and confidentiality. "Open," previously written, general letters of reference, and unsealed letters sent by applicants on their own behalf are not acceptable.

Our interview season runs from January through May, and the match takes place in June. Applicants interested to pursue both the ACTA and critical care fellowships at Mount Sinai should apply to the training program they wish to complete first.