The fellowship is 12 months in duration, beginning July 1 of each year. A typical work day is 8-10 hours and weekend daytime inpatient rounding once in 6 weeks with our acute pain service. A typical week includes 2 days performing blocks for your own cases in the OR, 2 days on the block service performing and supervising perioperative and acute pain blocks for the whole hospital, and one day of research. Clinical care is located primarily at the main university hospital, with rotations to our ambulatory surgery center and our orthopedic joint center.
Our regional service supports multiple ERAS pathways at UNC and in addition to a traditional regional anesthesia experience of upper and lower limb blocks in orthopedics, we also provide innovative care to patients undergoing cardiac, thoracic, vascular and abdominal surgeries. We also have an expansive inpatient catheter service supported by the acute pain service. We have over 20 years of experience with ambulatory outpatient peripheral nerve catheters.
We have ongoing research collaborations with colleagues in multiple surgical specialties with opportunities for fellow involvement.
Our busy block team is supported by an experienced block nurse to expedite patient care and support our fellows. We have state of the art modern ultrasound machines allowing easy review of images and facilitate a quality learning environment.