Obstetric Anesthesia Rotation
The University of Virginia Medical Center is a tertiary care center, and the obstetric service receives approximately 200 maternal transfers per year from a large catchment area. Currently there are approximately 1800 deliveries per year at UVA, with a well-balanced mix of complex high risk and low-risk patients. This makes for an exciting and dynamic rotation, with challenging and interesting cases.
The stimulating yet very manageable workload and patient volume allows for the resident to obtain extensive experience with neuraxial anesthesia techniques, while still providing plenty of opportunity for teaching and study. Didactic instruction consists of both daily morning conferences as well as informal teaching throughout the day. In addition, the division staffs a high-risk obstetric anesthesia clinic twice a week where more complicated patients can be counseled and have anesthetic issues addressed prior to their presentation for labor or cesarean delivery
It is the goal of the obstetric anesthesiology program to train the resident to become an outstanding clinician, providing excellent anesthesia care to pregnant patients encountered in clinical practice. This requires the development of sound clinical judgment as well as a high level of knowledge and technical skill in a wide variety of clinical settings. It also requires the development of the excellent interpersonal skills necessary for the smooth functioning of the multidisciplinary obstetric anesthesia team.
In 2003, an obstetric anesthesia rotation was established at Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Fairfax’s obstetric service is one of the busiest in the country, with over 10,000 deliveries a year and a staff of four anesthesiologists with fellowship training in obstetric anesthesia. As the anesthesiology group is private practice, it allows the resident to see another practice style as well as gain valuable technical experience in a very busy obstetric service.
Obstetric Rotation Faculty
The obstetric anesthesia faculty consists of individuals with diverse intellectual backgrounds but with a common commitment to optimal care of the pregnant patient. All are board certified anesthesiologists with extensive experience in obstetric anesthesia and a genuine commitment to resident education.
Sachin H. Mehta, M.D., is Director of Obstetric Anesthesia and completed his fellowship in obstetric anesthesia at Stanford University. Several other anesthesiologists routinely participate in supervision and teaching of obstetric anesthesia, including