Kathleen Smith

The UNC Department of Anesthesiology offers many educational opportunities in a variety of formats. Fellows will have a comprehensive educational curriculum through hands-on experience, lectures, conferences, self-learning, simulation, problem-based learning discussions, and journal clubs. Fellows will participate in and lead discussions. The obstetric anesthesia faculty member assigned to labor and delivery will be present to help facilitate the daily discussion.

  • Daily Informal Teaching: Daily teaching of the residents rotating on obstetric anesthesia is a priority. Each rotation will have two-three residents on the OB Anesthesia service during the daytime. Typically, one resident is doing his/her second rotation, while the other resident is new to obstetric anesthesia. Residents have been given reading assignments to complement the lecture schedule. Lectures will initially be given by the attending assigned to labor and delivery for the day. As the year progresses, the fellow will contribute to resident didactics.
  • Fellow Specific Lecture Series: A fellow level lecture series covers core topics that may not be addressed during the resident lectures. Lectures will be given by the core OB anesthesia faculty throughout the year.
  • Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Webinar Series: SOAP has developed a webinar series designed exclusively for obstetric anesthesia fellows. These conferences give fellows a chance to convene and hear lectures from international experts in the field of obstetric anesthesia. Fellows will have protected time during these webinars to ensure participation. Webinars should be used to facilitate discussion between the fellow and the faculty member covering labor and delivery.
  • Case-Based Sessions: The UNC Obstetric Anesthesia group has quarterly group case-based discussions on difficult cases and updates in obstetric anesthesia care. These meetings are held in the evening at a faculty member’s house.
  • Journal Clubs: Combined UNC-Duke journal clubs take place twice per year. UNC and Duke fellows present new and relevant articles for discussion by the larger group. This is a great opportunity for idea exchange and learning.
  • Conferences
    • Mayer Teaching

    • Anesthesiology Departmental Grand Rounds/Morbidity and Mortality Conference is held on Wednesday mornings from 7:00am-8:00am. The fellow will have the opportunity to present at one of two obstetric anesthesia sponsored grand rounds.
    • OB-GYN Departmental Conferences: Obstetric anesthesia fellows are expected to attend relevant OB-GYN Departmental Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality conferences on Wednesday afternoons.

    Computer Workspace and Library

    All fellows have ready access to intradepartmental, campus-wide and Internet computer facilities to assist with literature searches, research activities, lecture presentations, and self-paced programmed education. The obstetric anesthesia office is equipped with multiple computers and ample desk space. Rotation goals and objectives, educational material, pertinent journal articles and clinical guidelines can be found on MedHub. Computer facilities are available 24 hours a day to allow fellows free access to the latest methods of education in anesthesia. In addition, the fellow has designated workspace close to the labor and delivery unit.

    The department has collaborated with the UNC Health Sciences Library to develop the Sugioka Library and Educational Resource Center. The “electronic” library provides access to all major English language Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Obstetric and Pain Medicine journals and electronic textbooks. Links from this page and others from our website allows access to multiple educational resources including PubMed, Cochrane Library, MD consult and Up To Date. Our physical Anesthesia Library maintains a set of core text books, multiple computer stations and comfortable reading areas. The Health Sciences Library is located in close proximity to the UNC hospitals complex. Electronic journals and books and databases such as PubMed, CINAHL, ISI Citation Databases, BIOSIS, PsychINFO, eFacts, and Lexi-Comp are available anywhere on campus. Faculty, staff, and students can access almost all electronic resources from home.