Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

We are one of nine pioneering regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine fellowship programs in the United States to receive the inaugural Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation in 2017. This is a testament to our commitment to academic excellence and leadership development for our fellows. Our Department Chair, Meg Rosenblatt, MD, is a renowned regional anesthesiologist and a leader in academic anesthesiology. We offer you great opportunities for training in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine in our busy clinical and academic setting with tremendous diversity in patient population and faculty.

Our 12-month training program has flexible start dates from July to September. We accept two fellows annually. Our program consists of clinical rotations at both Mount Sinai West, which offers special expertise in orthopedics, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, which has a particularly strong trauma program. You also gain experience in our acute pain medicine service and preoperative testing clinic to allow for a truly multidisciplinary experience. Our other rotations such as research/leadership, point of care ultrasound, and truncal blocks, are constructed and constantly revised based on feedback from our current and past fellows that adapts to the latest changes in practice patterns and innovations in our subspecialty field.

We thank you for your interest in our program and invite you to reach out to us with any questions.

Program Overview

We offer a comprehensive one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship that is structured to graduate innovative academic and clinical leaders in regional anesthesiology with a global perspective on managing perioperative pain. Our fellows receive vast clinical exposure to neuraxial and peripheral nerve blockade including blocks of the head and neck, upper and lower extremities, and chest and trunk, with nerve-stimulator, ultrasound-guided, and continuous catheter techniques. You also supervise and perform more than 4,000 peripheral nerve blocks annually, with 800 of these blocks involving nerve catheters. The nine members of our practicing regional anesthesia faculty, along with six pain management attendings, represents a third of our Department faculty. Together we contribute to a robust clinical service as well as our clinical research and mentoring programs.

How to Apply

We seek candidates who are enthusiastic, vibrant, intelligent, collegial, and compassionate with leadership potential and a strong vision for the future of anesthesiology.

Qualified applicants include current trainees or graduates of ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency programs in the United States. You must be board eligible and hold either a New York State license or limited permit.

We subscribe to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) fellowship program common application. You can access the application through the ASRA fellowship directory website or access the application here.

Email (preferred) or mail your completed application to our coordinator, Olivia Kenwell, at olivia.kenwell@mountsinai.org along with the following:

  • Program common application
  • CV
  • Personal statement along with a one-paragraph description of a preliminary research idea (one page maximum)
  • Copies of your In-Training Examination scores to date
  • Three letters of reference from your current program director and faculty

We offer guaranteed subsidized housing across the street from Mount Sinai West, within walking distance to Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, and Central Park.

Other fellowship details include:

  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Number of positions: two
  • Salary: $76,148 plus benefits (subject to yearly updates), subsidized housing
  • Application deadline: Until the positions are filled

Schedule

Our fellows have no attending or on call responsibilities.

Every week, our fellows have two protected non-clinical days with one day dedicated to research (including conducting and implementing our ongoing clinical trials) and another day for advancing your supervision and teaching skills.

A typical yearly schedule consists of:

  • Three months of clinical operating room-based regional anesthesia training
  • Three months of acute pain medicine as mandated by ACGME
  • Two weeks to one month of chronic pain medicine as mandated by ACGME
  • One month of regional anesthesia with focus on thoracic and abdominal truncal blocks
  • One or two months of trauma regional anesthesia
  • One month of perioperative ultrasound and POCUS rotation
  • One month of self-directed selective (e.g., pre-admission testing, research, leadership, and global health opportunities)
  • One month of pediatric regional anesthesia and acute pain rotation

Our two hospital sites, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, deliver services for the culturally diverse communities of the Upper West Side and Midtown West. Mount Sinai West is an orthopedic-centric hospital that offers a variety of joint replacement procedures (notably shoulder, knee, and hip), arm and hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and spine surgery. Mount Sinai St. Luke’s is a Level II Trauma Center with a high volume of orthopedic trauma, rib fractures, and other trauma. Both hospitals also have a broad mix of thoracic, breast, and abdominal procedures that are amenable for a variety of truncal blocks. In addition, our fellows can rotate to The Mount Sinai Hospital for pediatric experiences with pain medicine.

Curriculum

The fellows have tremendous opportunities to shape weekly didactic programs and workshops for residents, to lead in the development and establishment of our subspecialty, and to expand our practice into other surgical settings such as pediatric, trauma, perioperative ultrasound use, and international missions. You may also represent the Department as an integral force participating in numerous departmental and hospital committees to formulate clinical standards and optimize patient outcomes. We strongly encourage you to present abstracts and workshops at major international conferences such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Our fellows learn about nerve stimulation and the proper use of a variety of catheters in a clinical setting. We also offer a weekly didactic program involving journal clubs, hands-on workshops, ultrasound image conferences, problem-based discussion sessions, mock oral exams with three American Board of Anesthesiology examiners in our Department, and traditional lectures in our various educational tracks integrated throughout the year. The tracks are: basic and advanced extremity blocks, neuraxial ultrasound, perioperative ultrasound, and truncal blocks. We help you keep up to date with the latest innovations in the field. Here are some of the procedures and types of peripheral nerve blocks you perform or learn how to teach and supervise residents:

  • Knee procedures (total joint replacement or patella or anterior cruciate ligament) with femoral or adductor canal blocks or catheters: approximately ten procedures per week
  • Foot and ankle cases with popliteal blocks or catheters: five per week
  • Upper extremity cases (wrist, elbow) with supraclavicular/infraclavicular/axillary blocks or catheters): Twenty per week
  • Shoulder cases with interscalene blocks: five cases per week
  • Joint replacement with lumbar neuraxial blocks: Twenty per week
  • Truncal procedures (head/neck cases with scalp blocks and cervical plexus blocks, ear, nose, and throat cases with airway blocks, robotic cardiothoracic/breast cases with pecs blocks, paravertebrals, and thoracic epidurals, gynecological/colorectal/robotic nephrectomy cases with quadratus lumborum blocks, lumbar paravertebral, and lumbar neuraxial blocks): five cases per week

Current Fellows: 2019-2020

Sonya Bohaczuk, MD
Anesthesiology residency: University of Miami

Jamie Metesky, MD
Anesthesiology residency: Mount Sinai West/Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospitals

Incoming Fellows: 2020-2021

Samiat Jinadu, MD
Anesthesiology residency: Mount Sinai West/Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospitals

Tae Lee, MD
Anesthesiology residency: New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell

2018-2019

  • Poonam Pai, MD -- Associate Fellowship Program Director, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West 
  • Haider Al Darkazali, MD – Academic Practice, University of Iowa

2017-2018

  • Dina Diskina, MD --Academic Practice, New York University

2016-2017

  • Shrenik Shah, MD – Private Practice, San Francisco

2015-2016

  • John Hernandez, MD -- Private Practice, Miami

Announcements

Our regional anesthesiologist and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Meg Rosenblatt, MD, FASA is the meeting chair for the 2020 Annual Anesthesiology Meeting from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and PGA 2020. Watch the video to learn more. 

We have just completed our ACGME site visit in October 2019 and received continued accreditation.