Fellows in the Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship participate in the care of high-risk parturients. Due to the strengths of other departments at Duke, patients with maternal or fetal-cardiac, neurological or hematological disorders are frequently referred to Duke University Hospital for peripartum care.
Fellows in this ACGME-accredited fellowship are actively involved in the clinical decisions by taking part in weekly multidisciplinary meetings that include maternal fetal medicine, neonatologists and other consultants as needed, such as pulmonary, cardiology, surgical specialists or interventional radiology. Fellows actively participate in managing the labor ward anesthesia team which includes residents and CRNAs. Call is in-house and exclusively on Labor and Delivery.
Faculty in the Women’s Anesthesia Division also provide anesthesia for patients undergoing gynecologic and urologic procedures. During the fellowship year, there is an opportunity to learn other anesthesia skills, such as regional anesthesia, if desired. Occasionally, combined fellowships have been organized to obtain dual fellowships (e.g. cardiac and obstetric or regional and obstetric anesthesia fellowships) within one year.