Anesthesia Division Creates Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship
To expand the delivery of high-quality care in the communities we serve, the anesthesiology division recently expanded its teaching and education services to include fellowship training in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. Jessica Hathaway, M.D., led the initiative to establish the first cardiothoracic fellowship program in Maine at Maine Medical Center. The program provides robust training in cardiac, thoracic, and vascular anesthesiology as well as critical care medicine with didactic, clinical, and project-based learning opportunities.
This new fellowship program keeps good company – with 70 total programs across the country. However, there are just five other program in New England, all of which are Boston-based. The new program at Maine Medical Center provides a unique opportunity for fellows because of its significant volume of patients and range of diseases in a less urban center. “As a student of cardiothoracic anesthesia, you want exposure to everything,” says Dr. Hathaway. “Our program provides a case diversity and complexity that is generally only found in major urban centers. It’s a wonderful opportunity for fellows and for our state.”
The program is a one-year fellowship for two anesthesiologists who have finished their residency and are looking for specialized training in cardiovascular medicine and critical care. There were 43 applicants for the first year and the program received over 50 applicants for the second year. The inaugural fellows begin this August, and the program has already matched for the second year.