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Obstetric Anesthesia

The obstetric anesthesiology fellowship is a one-year program focused on the anesthetic management of high-risk obstetric patients.

 OB Anesthesia Core Faculty

Joy Hawkins, MD 
OB Anesthesia Section Chief

Brenda Bucklin, MD, MEHP

Cristina Wood, MD

Rachel Kacmar, MD 
OB Anesthesia Fellowship Director

Jason Papazian, MD

Jaime Daly, MD

Our core faculty is made up of six fellowship-trained obstetric anesthesiologists, and the majority of the fellowship will be spent at the University of Colorado Hospital.

At UCH, we perform for approximately 3,800 deliveries each year. The high-risk population includes many congenital cardiac patients and a significant number of invasive placentation cases each year.

Fellows will also spend time at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where they will participate in the anesthetic management of fetal procedures, including fetoscopy, open MMC repairs and EXIT procedures.

In addition to clinical coverage of labor and delivery, fellows are an integral part of the educational program for our other anesthesia trainees and act as a primary liaison with the Maternal Fetal Medicine and obstetric teams as well as L&D nursing leadership.

Fellows also are mentored in scholarly activity throughout the fellowship year.

This fellowship will prepare graduates for leadership of an obstetric anesthesia service in either an academic or private practice setting. 

We participate in the San Francisco match program. Application information can be obtained through the SF Match website.

Sample Block Schedule

Block 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Site MFM/ UCH UCH UCH UCH UCH UCH UCH UCH UCH NICU/ UCH UCH/ CHCO UCH/ CHCO
Rotation Name
 
IFM/ORLD
FHRM
ORLD ORLD ORLD ORLD ORLD ORLD ORLD ORLD NEO/ORLD ORLD ORLD
% Outpatient 50% (IFM) 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
% Research/
Scholarly
25%
 
25%
 
25%
 
25%
 
25%
 
25%
 
25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25%

Key

Site 1: University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)

Site 2: Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO)

MFM – Maternal Fetal Medicine (at UCH)

NICU – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (at UCH)

Notes

  • During each month, 1 week will be reserved for scholarly activity
  • Vacation is assigned based on fellow request (individual days and/or entire weeks). Up to 4 weeks of vacation/sick will be assigned.

FHRM = Interpretation of fetal heart rate monitoring and demonstrated competency

ORLD = operating room and labor and delivery clinical activity

IFM = maternal-fetal medicine that includes experience in antepartum fetal testing and high-risk antepartum care

NEO = routine neonatal evaluation and care 

Contact Us

Rachel Kacmar, MD
OB Anesthesia Fellowship Director
RACHEL.KACMAR@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU
(720) 848-3285

Sarah Lesko
Residency/Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12631 E. 17th Avenue, Mail Stop 8202
Aurora, CO 80045
sarah.m.lesko@cuanschutz.edu 
(303) 724-1765

Photo Gallery

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Dr. Camann presents Dr. Hawkins for
the SOAP Distinguished Service Award.

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Fun at the SOAP 2019 Annual Meeting.

2018-19 OB Anesthesia fellow Jenny Hong, MD,
presents her research at SOAP 2019 Annual Meeting.