Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

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Program Overview

We are pleased to offer an ACGME-accredited one-year clinical fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology. The fellowship provides outstanding clinical experience in all aspects of pediatric anesthesiology, including neonatal, cardiac, craniofacial, neurosurgical, ophthalmic, head and neck, and outpatient anesthesia, plus pediatric pain management and critical care. The program is designed to navigate trainees through increasing levels of experience and responsibility, and prepare them for board certification in pediatric anesthesiology and careers as consultants in pediatric anesthesiology. The Fellowship Program Director is Wendy Ren, MD, and the Associate Program Director is Michelle Harvey, MD. 

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Training takes place within the UCLA Health System, a tertiary/quaternary care academic referral center comprised of four hospitals: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRUMC)UCLA Medical Center at Santa MonicaResnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.

The Mattel Children's Hospital, named among the top pediatric medical centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, provides a full spectrum of healthcare to neonates, infants, and children in all subspecialties. It is integrated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRUMC), one of the most technologically sophisticated hospitals in the world and a Level I trauma center. RRUMC has been voted one of the top five hospitals in the country and #1 hospital in the West for more than 20 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

Our training environment offers a truly unique experience for the practice of pediatric anesthesia in the context of an integrated adult hospital. Due to UCLA’s wide catchment area, our fellows benefit from diverse patient populations and challenging cases, including transplantation, congenital cardiac, major craniofacial, and neurosurgical procedures. Care sites include the operating rooms and remote locations at RRUMC, UCLA Medical Center at Santa Monica, our Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Westwood and Santa Monica, and the Jules Stein Eye Institute.

For additional information about the fellowship, please contact [email protected].

Thank you for your interest.

Wendy Ren, MD
Director, Fellowship Program
Clinical Professor, Pediatric Anesthesiology


Wendy HP Ren, MD

Wendy HP Ren, MD

Clinical Professor

Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program

Michelle L. Harvey, MD

Michelle L. Harvey, MD

Associate Clinical Professor

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Ihab A. Ayad, MD

Ihab A. Ayad, MD

Clinical Professor

Chief, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Lucine Torosian

Lucine Torosian

Fellowship Programs Manager

Clinical Experience

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Required clinical rotations during the fellowship year consist of at least six months of general pediatric anesthesia (general, urologic, orthopedic, otolaryngologic, ophthalmologic, craniofacial, thoracic, neurosurgical, offsite), two months of cardiac anesthesia including pediatric cardiac catheterization lab experience, longitudinal pediatric pain rotation, two weeks of palliative pain, two weeks of neonatal ICU, and two weeks of pediatric ICU. Four weeks of paid vacation time, as well as conference time with an expectation of attendance and presentation at the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia winter meeting are also included. One month of elective clinical anesthesia experience or research time is available subject to an approved research project.

Sample Rotation Schedule

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Our faculty is committed to the continued excellence and improvement of our teaching program. Along with daily perioperative teaching including case-related discussions on preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management, our didactics include the following:

  • Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Lecture Series
    weekly Wednesday afternoon faculty-led lectures on core topics in pediatric anesthesiology. Our multidisciplinary lecture series includes relevant didactics by invited expert speakers from other pediatric specialties.
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows' Journal Club
    quarterly fellow-led journal club on recently published relevant article(s) within pediatric anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow Lecture
    semiannual fellow lecture, allowing in-depth study of a topic of their choice
  • Congenital Heart Disease Seminar Series
    faculty-led lecture series on congenital heart disease pathophysiology and management
  • Research Lecture Series
    faculty-led lecture series on the fundamentals of research design and conduct, and the interpretation and presentation of data
  • Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds
    weekly Wednesday morning departmental conference with CME credit available

Fellows are also encouraged to take advantage of the numerous available conferences and didactics outside of the Department, including but not limited to:

  • Pediatric Cardiology Case Conference
    multidisciplinary weekly Wednesday morning case conference attended by specialists including pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery and cardiac anesthesia
  • Pediatric Surgery Case Conference
    multidisciplinary weekly Tuesday afternoon case conference

Sample Didactic Schedule