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Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

The Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program that incorporates 12 months of extensive clinical expertise in both peripheral and neuraxial blocks, as well as the management of acute pain conditions. Trainees will become adept at a wide range of single shot and continuous regional techniques. Fellows develop independence over a period of months before assuming a broader role supervising junior residents. 

Objectives

Our fellowship adheres to the consensus guidelines for training determined by the directors of Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Group and the ACGME requirements for training in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine.

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Clinical Experience

Our regional anesthesia service performs over 3,000 peripheral and neuraxial blocks per year, both inside and outside the operating rooms. All of our regional faculty members have extensive clinical experience or have completed fellowship training in regional anesthesia or pain management. Rotations are organized in 4 week blocks and include the following: 

  • Inpatient regional service at NYPH-Cornell: 14 weeks
  • Ambulatory regional service at DHK Ambulatory Center, NYPH-Cornell: 10 weeks
  • Regional service at NYPH-Columbia: 6 weeks
  • Inpatient Acute Pain Service at NYPH-Cornell: 12 weeks
  • Inpatient Chronic Pain Service at NYPH-Cornell: 2 weeks
  • Orthopedic Trauma operating room experience: 4 weeks
  • Elective: 4 weeks
  • Vacation:1 week

During their training, our fellows have the unique opportunity to rotate at several world-class institutions, including NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the David H. Koch ambulatory surgery center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Fellows can expect to gain expertise in the following procedures: 

  • Upper extremity blocks and catheters: Interscalene, supraclavicular, infraclavicular, costoclavicular, axillary, including distal nerve blocks
  • Lower extremity blocks and catheters: Femoral, lateral femoral cutaneous, sciatic, popliteal, saphenous, iPACK
  • Truncal blocks: Lumbar plexus, paravertebral, TAP, rectus sheath, quadratus lumborum, PEC, serratus anterior, erector spinae, TTMP
  • Airway blocks for fiberoptic intubation
  • Ultrasound and nerve stimulator techniques
  • Neuraxial blocks, including thoracic epidurals
  • Acute pain management procedures
  • Management of acute pain in the chronic pain patient

Didactics

In addition to a formal lecture series and web-based curriculum, fellows participate in:

  • Simulation training
  • OSCEs
  • Multidisciplinary conferences
  • A monthly journal club and difficult case conference
  • A point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) course
  • Simulation training in our SAIL lab
  • An oral boards review course 

We offer both formal and informal sessions for oral board exam preparation.  Fellows are required to present at our CME-accredited Grand Rounds. 

Scholarly Activities

Fellows are required to participate in scholarly activities, which may include clinical research projects, presentations at national meetings, Grand Rounds presentations, dedicated academic time, the potential to participate in a clinical experience abroad with our global health program, or teaching initiatives with the residents and medical students. Individual projects must be approved by the Fellowship Director and the departmental leadership. At a minimum, 10% of a fellow's scheduled time will be earmarked and protected for academic pursuits.

Medical Student Teaching

Fellows are invited to participate in medical student teaching and outreach. Our division holds quarterly ultrasound anatomy workshops for interested medical students. Our goal is to introduce Anesthesiology early in the preclinical years in a way that provides the students with useful information and clinical correlates to their studies. 

Current Fellows 

Justin Chung, M.D.

Justin Chung, M.D.

Dr. Chung was born in Northern California and raised in Northern New Jersey. He completed his undergrad and medical training at the 7-year combined B.S./M.D. program at Boston University. He returned closer to home to complete his residency training in anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicial Center ("NYP/WCMC"). He is continuing his training at NYP/WCMC to complete a fellowship in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.

In his spare time, he enjoys working out, watching the Giants and Knicks, and spending time with his wife. 

Vanessa Ng, M.D.

Vanessa Ng, M.D.

Dr. Ng was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate education at Boston University majoring in  international relations. She then lived and worked in Western Rwanda as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her clinical exposure abroad led her to pursue a career in medicine. She completed her medical training at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and her anesthesiology residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicial Center.

In the future, she hopes to use her regional and acute pain background to further anesthetic care options in underserved areas.

Former Fellows

Matthew Kauffman, MD

Matt Kauffman, M.D.

2020-2021

John Rubin, MD

John Rubin, M.D.

2020-2021

Ryan Lippell, MD

Ryan Lippell, M.D.

2019-2020

Hannah Lin, MD

Hannah Lin, M.D.

2019-2020

Melvin La, MD

Melvin La, M.D.

2018-2019

Ashley Wells, MD

Ashley Wells, M.D.

2018-2019

Other Information

Number of Positions: 2
Call: No in-house call
Salary: 2020-21: $91,276
Book allowance: $900
Conference Reimbursement: $2,000

NYPH Visa Rules for Foreign Applicants
The New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) will only accept foreign nationals (FNs) into this GME program who secure J-1 nonimmigrant classification, which is administered by ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Graduates), or are otherwise authorized to work for the program duration without sponsorship by NYPH. NYPH will not sponsor any candidate for an H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 or any other status to participate in this program. In very limited circumstances, the NYPH will support O-1 sponsorship for FNs who qualify based on their extraordinary ability. In these instances, however, the FN will be required to pay for and use the services of an NYPH-approved immigration legal provider who first will provide an opinion to NYPH that you are eligible for the O-1 classification and, if NYPH agrees to support the petition, then prepare and file an O-1 petition on your behalf. 

Application

Accepting RAAPM applications starting: November 1
Application deadline: January 31

PDF icon 2021-2022_raapm_commom_application.pdf

Please email application and supporting documents to regional@med.cornell.edu

Program Director

Tiffany Tedore, MD

Tiffany Tedore, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Program Director, Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine Fellowship

Contact:
Parbatie Singh
Program Co-ordinator\
Department of Anesthesiology
Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065

                                         Email: pas2028@med.cornell.edu
                                         Phone: 212-746-6562

Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Office of the Chair, anes-communicate@med.cornell.edu

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
E-mail: anes-programs@med.cornell.edu
For trainee verification inquiries: anes-verification@med.cornell.edu

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Phone: (855) 880-0343