Pediatric Fellowship

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The Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) is a 12-month ACGME-accredited fellowship. The Program accepts 3 fellows each year. Over 7000 pediatric surgeries, including more than 300 pediatric cardiac surgeries with cardiopulmonary bypass, are performed each year at LLUMC. All surgical subspecialties are represented, and fellows can expect to gain experience in anesthetic management for all types of pediatric surgeries with the exception of pediatric lung, bowel, and liver transplantation. The Pediatric Liver Transplantation Program is currently undergoing reorganization and is expected to resume operations in the near future. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital has 84 licensed beds and is equipped to provide the highest level of care for the most complex disorders.

More information on the fellowship is available under the tabbed headers below:


Formal didactic lectures, problem-based learning discussions, and literature review sessions are held each Wednesday morning after the Anesthesiology Department Grand Rounds. This is in addition to daily clinical didactic sessions in the operating room. Fellows are expected to attend Grand Rounds and the Wednesday morning Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow Conferences when not on PICU and NICU rotations. Simulator sessions will also be available. Additionally, journals, educational DVDs and textbooks are available in the Anesthesiology Library.


Main Operating Room, Cardiac, Neuro, PICU, NICU, Acute Pain/Regional, Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA), PACU, Ambulatory, Research. Elective rotations are also considered.

Call Duties

Fellows will take home call one weekend of each month. Additionally, fellows will be called in for all pediatric solid organ transplants and any index or complex cases on weekdays. This is the only way to ensure that fellows gain exposure to cases that may not present at another opportunity during the fellows' training. Whenever fellows are called in for a case after midnight, they will be relieved of OR duties the following day (except when on weekend call, unless called in after midnight on Sunday). The fellows are not subject to late call and weekend call responsibilities when on specialty rotations (i.e. NICU, PICU, Pain Management, Ambulatory). Presently, the fellows are not required to take in-house calls. Although the call hours and schedules are subject to change, to meet future requirements of the ACGME and the duties of the Department of Anesthesiology, these call requirements will be in effect for the foreseeable future.


Fellows are highly encouraged to design a research project that can be published and presented at a major professional meeting, such as the annual SPA or ASA meetings. A one month research rotation will be granted to fellows who design an IRB-approved research project. Fellows are encouraged to initiate the project at the start of the fellowship year, to allow adequate time for completion of the project, or at minimum, to collect enough data for an interim analysis of the data. This will allow the data to be presented as an abstract or poster at the appropriate meeting. Fellows will receive 2 days of research each month, on Thursday of every other week, to work on research projects and other approved academic endeavors, apart from the approved research month. Fellows are expected to be present at the workplace on their research days. Should an important index case be scheduled on the fellow’s research day, the fellow will do the case and the research day will be rescheduled. Research days will not be available during the NICU, PICU, and Pain Management rotations. Additionally, fellows are required to deliver an Anesthesiology Department Grand Rounds presentation on an approved topic in Pediatric Anesthesia sometime during the course of the fellowship.

Meeting Time

Fellows are encouraged to attend national or international Pediatric Anesthesia subspecialty meetings. Five days of meeting time are allowed during the fellowship year, in addition to vacation or sick leave. These days can only be taken for approved meetings. Unused meeting days do not roll over into vacation or sick leave. Fellows will be granted additional meeting days if they present research findings at a national meeting. An allowance is also available for educational expenses.

Vacation/Sick Leave

In compliance with ACGME rules and regulations, 20 days of combined vacation and sick leave are allowed during the fellowship year. Vacation cannot be taken during NICU, PICU, Pain Management, and Ambulatory rotations.
Candidates interested in the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at LLUMC should submit the following items:
  • Application for Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dean's Letter
  • Medical School Transcript and Diploma
  • USMLE Step 1-3 scores
  • Letters of Recommendation (please submit 3, one of which must be from your Program Director)
  • Letter of Good Standing, including residency start date and anticipated date of completion (if not incorporated in the Program Director Letter)

Documents can be submitted to Leyla Embree by email, or to the following address:
Leyla Embree
11234 Anderson Street
MC 2534
Loma Linda, CA 92354

Applications will be reviewed in late February and early March, and interviews will be conducted March through August.

The Pediatric Fellowship is coordinated by Leyla Embree and directed by Linda Mason, MD.