Children’s Hospital Colorado

The primary clinical site for the fellowship is Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO), a 553-bed tertiary care children’s hospital located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. CHCO has a level IV NICU and is the only level 1 pediatric trauma center in Colorado. With 4 hospitals, 16 network of care locations and more than 500 outreach clinics in over 29 cities, the CHCO network serves the children of Colorado and surrounding regions. It has been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine every year.  CHCO ranked among the top ten on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital’s 2019-20 Honor Roll.

Approximately 35,000 anesthetics are administered annually to children of all ages and severity of illness. A wide range of neonatal and pediatric surgical procedures are performed including:

  • Complex cardiovascular surgery (400-450 cases per year)
  • Complex neurosurgery (300 cases per year)
  • Craniofacial reconstruction
  • Surgical procedures on ECMO
  • Organ transplantation (heart, liver, kidney, bone marrow)
  • Major orthopedic surgery including scoliosis repair (250 cases per year)
  • Simple and complex ENT surgery including laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • Fetal interventions, including minimally invasive fetal interventions, open mid-gestation fetal surgeries, and EXIT procedures.

Clinical Rotations

  • Main Operating Room - 6-7 months
  • Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia - 7-8 weeks
  • Acute and Chronic Pain Service - 5 weeks
  • Non-Operating Room Anesthesia - 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - 4 weeks
  • Supervisory rotation - 2 weeks
  • Electives - 2 weeks

Call Responsibilities

During the main operating room rotation, the fellows cover in-house overnight call only on Fridays. During the rest of the week and on weekends, they are on late call followed by beeper call from home. The day after late call is a protected academic day, unless they work past 11 PM in which case they get a post-call day off. Each fellow gets approximately 30 days of protected academic time over the course of the year to pursue scholarly and research activities.