Mission Statement

The Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at UCLA sponsors a non-ACGME accredited Fellowship in Perioperative Medicine, with the mission of training board-eligible and board certified anesthesiologists in the management of the perioperative patient with a concentration on the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH), Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), and multidisciplinary perioperative management.

We also offer a non-ACGME accredited fellowship in perioperative informatics, described in detail within the Informatics section of this site.

Program Overview

The Fellowship in Perioperative Medicine at UCLA is organized into a program of rotations and educational experiences, both mandatory and elective, designed to provide each fellow with the opportunity to learn about perioperative medicine with a concentration on new care delivery models. Candidates for the fellowship are sought among physicians who are board certified or board eligible in anesthesiology, or anesthesiology residents currently in their CA-3 year of training. 

Learning in the areas listed below is accomplished through daily work in the perioperative environment, rounds, lectures, seminars, reading, research, committee work, and time spent with experts and leaders from various departments at the medical center and medical school. The fellowship is 12 months in length; the duration may be modified upon agreement between the fellow and the Program Director, and at the discretion of the Program Director. The fellowship is flexibly tailored to each candidate based on individual needs and desires and the current clinical demands of the department. Fellows will complete and submit an approved project in an area of interest, which will be presented to the department at a Grand Rounds, prior to graduation from the program.


  • Develop a practical understanding of how Perioperative Medicine, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), and the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care can be developed and integrated into the larger healthcare system using a multidisciplinary approach;
  • Gain expertise in quality, safety, and perioperative information technologies;
  • Develop and evaluate perioperative medicine and perioperative management initiatives (Digital Quality Improvement);
  • Build, develop, and monitor evidence-based clinical pathways using ERAS and the PSH model of care delivery;
  • Acquire leadership skills essential for initiating and managing changes in healthcare systems and multidisciplinary teams;
  • Achieve proficiency in the recognition and management of problems commonly encountered in the perioperative patient in the preoperative, intraoperative, post-operative and post-discharge phases of the surgical episode of care;
  • Gain experience with the supervision of medical students, residents, nurse practitioners, and nurses in the perioperative environment;
  • Develop teaching and/or research skills as needed;
  • Gain experience and knowledge in perioperative management as it relates to operations management, risk management, quality assurance, patient safety, regulatory affairs, compliance, billing, and financial management;
  • Develop expertise as a perioperative medicine consultant;
  • Understand the impact of perioperative medicine on population health;
  • Articulate the concepts of reproducible, protocolized medicine compared with individualized (precision) medicine.