The Fellowship Experience

Fellows in pediatric anesthesia rotate through several assignments during the course of the year, including pediatric cardiac anesthesia, intensive care, pain management, regional anesthesia, an elective, and general pediatric anesthesia.

Elective time may be used for the fellow to explore the areas of their interest provided that the fellow has written appropriate goals and objectives and has identified a rotation director/advisor. 

At Stanford Fellows Have the Opportunity to:

  • To learn and be on the leading edge of creating knowledge in pediatric anesthesia, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, pediatric regional anesthesia and pediatric pain management.
  • To learn and refine advanced patient care skills in the management of complex pediatric and neonatal anesthetic procedures. Fellows have the opportunity to manage both acute and chronic pediatric pain patients,  in one of the nation’s most advanced pediatric tertiary care hospitals.
  • To grow as a professional through interaction with others in the Department of Anesthesia and other pediatric specialties.  Our curriculum affords the opportunity to participate in overseas medical volunteer services, such HVO, ASA, OTP, Rotoplast, Interplast, Operation Rainbow, and others.  Our faculty have strong commitments to contributing to anesthesia services and education in developing countries. Through Stanford's Center of Innovation in Global Health (CIGH), fellows may apply for grants to engage in educational opportunites in developing countries.
  • To receive mentoring and guidance from some of anesthesia’s most recognized experts in pain management, cardiac anesthesia, regional anesthesia, simulation, research, QI, informatics, organ transplantation, neuroanesthesia and education.
  • To advance anesthetic practice and science. Stanford offers an active research community with opportunities for research in pediatric pain, cardiac anesthesia, and education along with many other projects, including clinical trials, simulation, and basic science research.

Fellow Photo Gallery

Clinical Rotations

Fellows rotate through 13 4-week block assignments as follows.

General Pediatric OR

6 Blocks
Initial general OR blocks are first concentrated to provide repetitive learning experiences in subspecialties; neuroanesthesia, orthopedic anesthesia, plastic surgery, ENT, general surgery, urology, and ophthalmology. Ample solid organ transplant experience occurs while on call

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

3 Blocks
The fellow spends time in the cardiac ORs, Electrophysiology Lab, Cardiac Interventional Radiology Suite, other out-of-OR locations, and will perform anesthesia for high risk cardiac patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery

Pediatric Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia

2 Blocks
The fellow will spend 1 rotation providing regional anesthesia in the OR and 1 rotation on the pediatric pain service providing consultation and management for acute and chronic pain patients.

Critical Care

1 Block
Either NICU, PICU, or CVICU.


1 Block
Common electives have included medical acupuncture, advanced pediatric pain management, simulation, research, QI, ambulatory pediatric anesthesia, and anesthesia scheduler/OR management. Other options may be chosen based on the fellow’s personal learning goals.

Educational Opportunities

  • Fellow didactic lecture series                                     
  • Departmental Grand Rounds                                           
  • Divisional Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Pediatric Anesthesia Safety Committee
  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
  • Formal Teach of Residents
  • Visiting Scholars in Pediatrci Anesthesia Program (VisiPap)
  • Cross-Fellowship Council
  • Oral Board Prep
  • One-on-one coaching/mentoring
  • Journal Club
  • Simulation
  • Regional Anatomy Workshop
  • Pacemaker Workshop
  • TEE Simulator
  • Lane Medical Library
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Participation in QI/Patient safety through the Pediatric Anesthesia Safety Committee and Perioperative Local Improvement Team

How to Apply

ERAS applications close on May 31.

Application Process After May 31, 2021

Please submit your application with the following documents preferably electronically or by mail to the Program Administrator:

Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Selection Committee
c/o Alyssa Martinez 
300 Pasteur Drive, H3583
Stanford, CA 94305-5640
Office: (650) 497-2640

  • Manual Fellowship Application Form, download pdf here.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation including one from your residency program director. At least one of the remaining letters should be written by a pediatric anesthesia faculty or staff member
  • USMLE (or COMLEX) scores
  • Medical School Dean’s letter
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • If residency has been completed, please submit your competency-based summative evaluation written by your program director
  • If residency has been completed, please submit your Final Evaluation written by your program director

We require all incoming fellows be PALS certified (or recertified) PRIOR to starting fellowship as you will be taking care of extremely complex patients from the start of fellowship. If you are currently PALS certified, your certificate expiration date must be valid through July of your fellowship graduation year. You may be reimbursed for the cost of certification or recertification, but the receipt date cannot be earlier than May 1st of your residency graduation year (3‐months prior to the start of fellowship). Please send Alyssa Martinez ( a copy of your certificate if you have one already.

Application Timeline

  • Applications Accepted
    Applications are accepted December 1 – May 31; May 31- August 15 for manual applications
  • Initial Application File Review
  • End Applications
  • Interviews*
    April through September
  • Rank Order Lists Due
    Late September
  • Match

All applications received as of February 1 are reviewed en masse and interview invitations issued. Subsequent applications are reviewed as they are received and notice of interview will occur within two weeks of receipt of completed application.

Helpful Links

Program Director

Louise Furukawa, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program
300 Pasteur Drive H3584
Stanford, CA 94305-5640

Fellowship Coordinator

Alyssa Martinez
Fellowship Coordinator
300 Pasteur Drive, H3583
Stanford, CA 94305-5640
Office: 650-497-2640
Fax: 650-736-9918

Qualifications and Prerequisites for Fellowship Training

Positions are open to candidates who will have successfully completed residency training in anesthesiology at an ACGME-accredited training program and who will be board eligible or certified in anesthesiology. Candidates for training in cardiac anesthesia and pediatric pain management must have completed fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia at an accredited training program.

All fellows must have an active license to practice medicine in the State of California.   Please review the requirements for California licensure prior to communicating with our department about your fellowship opportunity. To determine if you are qualified for a California license, please visit the Medical Board of California site.