The Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine is academically very active. The fellowship program also offers a strong, diverse academic program that include conferences at least once a week-lectures on diverse topics relating to cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, TEE review, and case conferences. In addition, Fellows should participate in journal club session. The monthly teaching rounds should include didactic session of TEE and topics related to principles of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia. These sessions will be supervised by the Staff and the Fellow will be given assistance in preparing for the presentation.
Fellows who have a special interest in clinical research will be encouraged in academic writing. They will be given extra time within the work schedule for pursuing their academic interests, starting from the second year of their fellowship. No research time will be allocated during the first year of the fellowship. They will be given incentive for carrying out their original work after confirmation from the program director, and they may participate in the on-going research projects. Fellows will be given 100% financial assistance for presenting their original work in international and national meetings and conferences. The fellow will have an access to the central library which has an adequate collection of all the major journals subscribed through the department. They are also entitled to use the electronic library of the University of Leipzig. Reading material could be lent out on request to a maximum period of two months. There is also an extensive collection of books and DVDs on TEEs which could be borrowed on a periodical basis.
The Fellows will individually be assigned to a topic of clinical investigation by the Chairman/Program Director, which may include any of the following:
- Blood saving techniques
- Fast track cardiac anesthesia
- Neurological protection in cardiac surgery
- Ongoing or new echocardiographic projects
The greatest strength of the academic program lies on the experienced faculty, who has diverse interests and broad expertise in their region of interest.
During the first months of the program there will be supervised assessment of the fellow, where the fellow will be assessed for both theoretical, practical and communication skills. This will also enable the fellow to get acquainted with the OR set up and be familiar with the different monitors and TEE machines. Upon successful completion of the assessment (lasting for 3 months) they will be responsible for handling their own ORs, although staff coverage will always be available. At the start of the fellowship every fellow will be provided with a manual from the Program Director which enables them to get acquainted with the existing clinical practice prevalent in the department, and the fellows are expected to abide by the same. Encouragement will be given to share their adopted clinical practice, provided it does not hamper the quality and safety of patient care management.
There is a structured rotation of the Fellows which is divided into a year’s training in the operating room. Three months will be spent in premedication ambulant clinic and PACU which will be equally divided during the 2 year tenure. Thereafter three months will be dedicated for pediatric cardiac anesthesia and the last 6 months will be dedicated to Intensive care training.
The Fellows will be working in a contract with a stipulated time not exceeding 48 hours per week.