The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) offers a one-year advanced fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.  Currently, one (1) fellow is accepted per year through our application process.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a full service, state-of-the-art facility, offering a complete array of clinical services ranging from well-baby, child, and adolescent care to the medical management of critically ill children requiring such sophisticated procedures as heart or kidney transplantation and Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). It is the teaching hospital of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). ACH is dedicated to the clinical care of children regardless of their ability to pay, medical and community education, and research. Essentially all of the physicians on the ACH campus are UAMS faculty.

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine provides approximately 18,000 anesthetics each year. These occur either in the operating rooms or in various sedation sites throughout the hospital. The Pediatric Anesthesia Division currently has 35 anesthesiologists and a majority of anesthetics are provided by a faculty anesthesiologist with no resident or fellow in attendance.

Clinical Rotations

I. Anesthesia for pediatric cardiac procedures with or without cardiopulmonary bypass (CVOR)- 8 Months

II. Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)- 2 weeks, primarily focused on the care of pediatric cardiac patients

III. Anesthesia for non-cardiac procedures on cardiac patients- 2 months, this will include catheterization lab and non-cardiac surgeries

IV. Echocardiography experience- 1-2 weeks with pediatric cardiologists

V. Experience with perfusionists and specialists in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ventricular assist device (VAD)- 1 week, this may include an ECMO course offered by ACH in the first part of the academic year

The Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship has a comprehensive educational curriculum including:

  • Educational Activities
  • Mock oral board exam preparation
  • Weekly cardiac catheterization conferences
  • Monthly cardiac mortality and morbidity conferences
  • Journal club presentations

The Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellow is expected to participate in departmental research activities and complete a research project with a faculty member. They are encouraged to present at annual meetings such as the CCAS/SPA or ASA meeting.

Call Responsibilities vary by rotation. Not more than every third night during any rotation.


  •  Vacation- 15 days
  •  Education/ meeting time- five days
  •  Sick/personal time- five days
  •  Travel & educational funds- $2,000
  •  Medical/Dental insurance and vision plan
  • Voluntary retirement savings plans
  •  Disability and life insurance


  • Successful completion of
    •  ACGME accredited Anesthesiology residency program or
    •  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC)- accredited residency program.
  •  Passed USMLE (or COMLEX) step 3 exam

Application Process

Complete your application via ERAS and submit the following documents to the Program Coordinator:

  •  Curriculum vitae
  •  Three letters of recommendation, including one from the Anesthesia Residency Program Director or Pediatric Anesthesia Program Director

If you are sending your applications electronically, please consider combining your documents into a large file. The letters of recommendation must be addressed to the Program Director and may be sent separately via e-mail or regular mail.

Fellowship Timeline
Accepting applications- July 1st-January 1st
Personal interviews- January-March
Acceptance letter for fellowship- Mid-March
Fellowship start- August 1st, following year

Contact Us:
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program


Bailey Tucker, Program Coordinator 

Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way, Slot 203
Little Rock, AR 72202
Telephone: 501-364-3933
Fax: 501-364-2939