Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

Our ACGME-accredited fellowship program accepts up to eight fellows annually. The program is structured to meet the requirements for subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology. The core of the training program involves the care of pediatric patients in the operating rooms, other anesthetizing locations and intensive care units, and includes out-of-OR anesthetics, pre-anesthesia evaluation, post-anesthesia care, pain management and advanced life support for neonates, infants and children.

Additional training in research, or advanced clinical care in pediatric cardiovascular anesthesia, pediatric pain medicine, or pediatric critical care medicine may be available to the qualified candidate.

Contact Us

Program Director
Susan Staudt, MD, MSEd

(414) 266-3560
(414) 266-6092 (fax)

Associate Program Director
Lindsey Loveland Baptist, MD

(414) 266-3560
(414) 266-6092 (fax)

Dee McDonald
Pediatric Fellowship Coordinator

(414) 266-6755

Mailing Address:
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at MCW
9000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
P.O. Box 1997, MS 735
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Other Facilities

The 296-bed, freestanding Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) is affiliated with the training programs of the Medical College of Wisconsin. It is the largest pediatric hospital in the state of Wisconsin. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has been ranked as a top tier pediatric center by such entities as Parents magazine through its Best Children's Hospitals survey, US News and World Report's annual top choice hospitals rankings, and is annually the recipient of myriad other recognitions.

CHW serves a geographic area comprising parts of four other states. CHW and an affiliated surgicenter provide a full range of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. The CHW facilities include a day surgery area, preoperative clinic, two PACU areas with 16 beds, a hybrid cath lab, and 17 operative suites on two floors. Anesthesia services are routinely provided in several additional locations including interventional radiology, CT, MRI, ERCP, and radiation therapy. The Jane B Pettit Pain and Palliative Care Center, located in the Clinics Building on the CHW campus, accommodates over 1500 outpatient visits annually, as well as supporting the Acute Pain Service faculty.

The nearby Surgicenter of Greater Milwaukee includes a 6-room operative suite with associated day surgery and PACU areas.

In all, over 25,000 anesthetics and sedations are performed annually by the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, ranking our program among the nation's largest and busiest academic pediatric centers.

We currently have over 35 faculty members. Many have dual certifications in Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, or advanced certification in Critical Care or Pain Medicine.

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  Eligibility Requirements

The fellowship program has an official start date of August 1. However, a start date of July 1 or an off-cycle start date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Highly competitive international graduates who have completed the USMLE examination process will be considered.

Candidates for fellowship positions must be enrolled in the certification process or be certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology or the equivalent before fellowship training begins.

In addition, candidates will need:

  Application and Selection Process

Please submit applications for the Medical College of Wisconsin Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Interview dates are scheduled through Thalamus.

Applicants are encouraged to submit additional pertinent information (ITE, AKT scores, accomplishments or awards that occur after ERAS application completion) directly to Pediatric Fellowship Coordinator, Dee McDonald, at

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship of the Medical College of Wisconsin participates in the NRMP Anesthesiology Fellowship Match, and interested applicants should plan to register accordingly. Please note the following:

  • Please submit applications for the 2017-2018 academic year via ERAS from November 21, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Residents applying after May 31 should contact Dee McDonald directly at to obtain an electronic copy of the common fellowships application.
  • Applications will be reviewed starting between late January and early February 2017.  At that time, we will contact all applicants to confirm whether we would like to schedule an interview.  Applications received after this time will be reviewed periodically throughout the application and interview season.
  • We realize that applicants may have late pediatric anesthesiology exposure in residency and need time to decide on their subspecialty/desired programs, and we may open additional late interview dates accordingly.
  • Applicants are free to interview with any other programs of interest until rank lists are due, and will not be asked for an early decision. Please do not accept an interview date with us at Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin unless you intend to register for the NRMP match.
  • If you have interviewed with us and accept a position elsewhere outside the Match, please withdraw from the match and notify us of your decision.

NRMP important dates for 2017

Match registration June 21
Rank order lists due September 20
Match day October 4


Full list of NRMP dates and additional information

  Interview Dates and Instructions

We will invite you to interview via email (directly or via ERAS), followed by an invitation to schedule your interview date online via Thalamus; please follow the enclosed link/instructions in order to officially set your interview date. When your date has been secured, please be sure to communicate your travel plans and lodging needs to Dee McDonald.

2017 Interview Dates

  • Friday May 19
  • Saturday June 10
  • Monday June 26
  • Friday July 7
  • Monday July 17
  • Friday July 28
  • Saturday August 19
  • Friday September 8

If you are invited but unable to interview on one of the listed group interview dates, please contact Dee McDonald directly. We will work with you to arrange an alternate interview date. If your need arises based on restrictions set by your current program, we ask for your residency program coordinator to confirm this directly to Dee McDonald.

Interview days typically run from 7:45 a.m. through the early afternoon. You can expect to meet several faculty members, including our Program Director, as well as our current fellows. A walking tour of the hospital will be given. You are welcome to see the OR and meet additional staff and faculty there. We wish to be sensitive to your travel plans, so the OR tour/observation is considered optional.

For each group interview date, we invite candidates to have dinner with our fellows the night prior to your interview day. This provides you with an opportunity to become familiar with us in a relaxed setting. Our dinner locations include Water Buffalo, Swig, and The Rumpus Room. Candidates not using their own vehicles are advised to arrive at the hotel by 6 p.m. in order to facilitate travel as a group.

We are pleased to provide complimentary hotel accommodations for one night at the Holiday Inn Express. The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Anesthesiology will pay for the cost of the room only. No reimbursement will be made if you choose to stay at a different hotel. Please be aware that any additional hotel expenses you incur during your stay will be your responsibility and will be charged to your personal credit card.

A limited amount of travel expenses may be reimbursed. Please provide receipts (airfare, vehicle rental, taxi) to Dee McDonald.

  Parking and Transportation


Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Map)

Children's Hospital provides free parking for applicants. The entrance to the visitors' parking lot is on Connell Avenue across from the main hospital entrance.

Transportation in Milwaukee

Uber and Lyft transportation is available in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.

Car Rentals

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car — 22 locations in Milwaukee Area — (800) RENT A CAR
  • Mayfair Rent-A-Car — 1750 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 — (414) 258-4441

Taxi and Shuttle Service in Milwaukee

  • Yellow Cab — (414) 271-1800
  • Airport Connection — (414) 769-2444
  • American United — (414) 220-5000

Buses in Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee County Transit System — (414) 344-3711
  • Go Riteway (shuttle) — (800) 236-5450 or (414) 769-2444

For shuttle transportation to/from General Mitchell International Airport, please contact Go Riteway. Upon arrival at the airport, you can pay at the desk across from carousel #3. Otherwise, you may pay the driver in cash, or by credit card in advance. For transportation to and from the airport via Go Riteway, a minimum of 24 hour advance notice is expected.

Transportation to Milwaukee

Buses to Milwaukee

  • Badger Bus — 635 N. James Lovell St. (formerly 7th St.) — (414) 276-7490
  • Greyhound Bus Lines — 606 N. James Lovell St. (formerly 7th St.) — (800) 231-2222
  • Wisconsin coach Lines — 1520 Arcadian, Waukesha — (262) 542-8861

Train Service to Milwaukee

Amtrak stations
  • Downtown (MKE) — 433 W. St. Paul Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203 — (800) 872-7245
  • General Mitchell Intl Airport (MKA) — 5601 South 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221 — (800) 872-7245
  Employment Terms/Conditions/Benefits


Determined annually and minimums are posted on the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) website. The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Department of Anesthesiology supplement the fellowship stipend beyond the MCWAH posted PGY level. Details will be provided at the time of your interview.

Call rooms, meals, and laundry services

Please see GME webpage for information.

Professional liability insurance

MCWAH coordinates the professional liability insurance program and assures liability coverage with the Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund in excess of the primary annual limits of $1,000,000 per incident and $3,000,000 in the aggregate per year. Please see the GME Professional Liability page for additional information.

Time off

We provide 15 days of vacation and 5 days of sick time of personal leave (this is the maximum permitted by the ABA).

Please see the GME webpage for additional information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, as well as other terms, conditions and benefits of employment.

Funds and equipment

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellows receive $2500 of departmental monies to support professional expenses during the one-year fellowship program. Presenting funds of up to an additional $1500 are also available.

The department provides a textbook, coat, and custom precordial stethoscope.

Time allotment

Five meeting days are allotted for education; meetings must be approved by the Program Director.

Non-clinical time varies by service and individually demonstrated need; one day is allotted for each OR month.

Fellows in good academic standing are permitted one month of elective time to customize training (See Rotations).

Please review the GME webpage for other terms, conditions and benefits of employment.

  Clinical Education and Rotations

Fellows have weekday clinical responsibilities as well as an on-call schedule. Most call is taken from home for index level cases, with about one overnight, midweek call per month. Weekend, morning call is designed to provide trainees with off-hours supervisory experience.

Main OR (6 months*)

Fellows are exposed to the full array of pediatric cases, including out-of-OR experiences. Fellows have priority for index and interesting or challenging cases. Throughout this time, fellows are scheduled for two weeks of perioperative medicine* that provide an opportunity to supervise, run the board, participate in remote anesthesia, staff the PACU and preop areas, or to focus on special techniques such as elective practice of advanced airway techniques. In addition, some vacation time * is typically taken from this block.

Cardiac Anesthesia (2 months)

Fellows rotate in two cardiac OR’s, the cath lab, bedside PICU procedures, cardiac MRI, and occasionally into general OR’s for CV patients having non-CV surgery. Fellows can expect to complete about 15 cardiopulmonary bypass cases each month.

Pain Service (1 month)

Fellows develop independent skills managing a comprehensive, acute, inpatient pain service. In addition, focused experience with regional blocks can be arranged. The outpatient clinic provides an introduction to chronic pain management, as well as exposure to adjuvant therapies including acupuncture, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (1 month)

Fellows typically rotate two weeks on the post surgical, 4th floor ICU, and two weeks on the acute cardiac, 3rd floor ICU. Fellows function as integral team members in a role equivalent to the junior pediatric fellow. There is direct patient care and on-call responsibility. PICU faculty provide a didactic curriculum and daily bedside teaching.

Electives (1 month)

Typically booked as two, 2-week elective slots. The fellow may choose additional time in CV, pain service, or in neonatology critical care. Additionally, some fellows arrange for ‘away rotations’ or an international medicine experience with one of our many participating faculty. Research and other elective options are available with approval from the Program Director.


Fellows Conference

Held every Monday from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Core topics, chapter reviews, PBLD’s and case discussions, and oral boards preparation are included within this fellow level conference. Presented by departmental faculty, visiting speakers, and the fellows (chapter reviews).

QA Conference

Held at 6:30 a.m. each Friday; faculty moderate on topics and cases from our practice; each fellow moderates at least once during the year.

Evening Seminar Series

Workshops, professor's rounds, journal clubs and some guest speaker seminars are held in the evenings at 5 p.m. about 15 times throughout the year; a light meal is provided. The emphasis is on discussion and professional development.

MCW Departmental Visiting Professor Series

5 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., Thursday and Friday, respectively; 4-5 per year. A robust series of invited speakers of national repute. Topics are timely, often controversial. The Visiting Professor Series is taped and available online via the ANGEL online learning network.

Cardiac Multidisciplinary Conferences

Held several times per month; these include a weekly cath conference, as well CV QI, journal club and reviews of core cardiac lesions.


Eight simulator sessions are held from 3-6 p.m. throughout the year; the first session completes PALS training. Simulation training occurs at our STAR center, or with the mobile SimBaby™.

Les Proctor Oral Board Review Series

A four-session oral board review series takes place from late winter to early spring to assist fellows preparing to take their oral boars in the upcoming year.

Additional Opportunities

Daily there is a robust series of lecture topics. Fellows participate when they are able and PICU, pain service, and the elective month offer opportunities to attend pediatric grand rounds, noon case conferences, etc. In some years, the fellows organize additional oral boards study and practice sessions.

  Research and Additional Training Opportunities

An optional 6 to 12 months training provides the interested candidate with additional clinical expertise in cardiac anesthesiology, pain management, or critical care. This training can be pursued within a 2nd ACGME fellowship, or informally in addition to a part-time clinical appointment.

Alternatively a candidate may pursue training in basic science or clinical research. Basic science research in anesthesiology and related areas of physiology and pharmacology is conducted at several sites and is under the direction of Cynthia A. Lien, MD.

Other 2nd year fellowship opportunities: The Program offers qualified fellows the option of complete, additional, non-ACGME training as a faculty-instructor, with dedicated protected time for focused career development. Opportunities exist to specialize in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology and quality/safety management. These opportunities are available to qualified fellows who apply either at the time of initial interview, or during their CHW fellowship year. Exceptional outside candidates will be considered as availability permits. For further information, please contact: Susan Staudt, MD, Fellowship Program Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology (

  Integrated Fellowship: Pediatrics and Pain