Pediatric Anesthesia Curriculum

Experience with pediatric anesthesia is gained in a rotation at the Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, the only children's hospital in the region, and UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest

  • Residents provide anesthesia for surgical interventions for neonates in the 49 bed Level-3 neonatal intensive care unit, including major abdominal surgery and off-pump thoracic surgery.
  • Residents gain experience with pediatric patients in the main operating rooms (burns, trauma), interventional radiology (AVMs, aneurisms), and the MRI suite.

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla

  • Residents are assigned one on one with a faculty member to provide anesthesia for pediatric cancer patients receiving radiation therapy at the Moores Cancer Center. This is an unusual opportunity for continuity of care in anesthesia as these children may have 20 or more treatments in a series. Residents get to know the children and their families well and are able to develop strategies for getting the children off to sleep based upon each child's own temperament.

Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

At Rady Children’s Hospital residents complete training in all aspects of pediatric anesthesia.

  • This is a high-volume, high acuity experience where residents work one on one with pediatric anesthesia attendings.
  • There are approximately 1,100 trauma activations yearly, 589 cardiac catheterizations, 494 complex open- and closed- heart surgeries, 470 neurosurgical cases and more than 20,000 total surgeries/year.
  • Residents also gain experience rounding with the pediatric acute pain service during their rotations.
  • UCSD regional anesthesia fellows rotate at Rady Children’s and provide teaching to residents in pediatric ultrasound and regional anesthesia techniques.
  • There are regular morning conferences covering important pediatric anesthesia topics in a relaxed, interactive format allowing for good retention through participation and excellent practice for oral board examinations.
  • There are regular pediatric anesthesia journal clubs, well attended by faculty, where recent literature and then a classic pediatric anesthesia topic is discussed. The faculty participation is especially valuable as many decades of experience are called upon to discuss the risks and benefits of various management strategies for difficult pediatric cases.

We provide our residents with opportunities including: