department of anesthesia and Perioperative medicine

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship at MUSC


Sylvia Wilson, MD
Assistant Professor and
Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Director


Dawn Leberknight
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator

Over the course of the 12-month fellowship, the fellow will enhance his/her cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills to safely and effectively administer and teach regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine as a consultant in anesthesiology. The fellow is responsible for decisions related to case and block selection to facilitate the smooth flow of the operating room (OR) cases and to enhance patient recovery. The fellow will be expected to develop and demonstrate the skills needed to establish regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine as a primary component of his/her future practice. Upon completion of the program, the fellow should demonstrate knowledge in the following area: local anesthetics, neuraxial and systemic opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, non-opioid adjuncts for analgesia, systemic opioids, nonopioid analgesics, nerve localization techniques, spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia (lumbar, thoracic, caudal), upper-extremity nerve block, lower-extremity nerve block, truncal blockade, and intravenous regional anesthesia.

Fifty percent of the 12-month time period will be dedicated solely to the study of regional anesthesia in relation to knowledge, procedures, lectures and academic projects. In the remaining fifty percent of the 12-month time period, fellows will serve as clinical instructors in the operating room in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. Duties will include but are not limited to the practice of anesthesia and supervision of residents and certified registered nurse anesthetists in the operating rooms.

Department and Faculty
The regional faculty members are recognized leaders in the field with peer reviewed publications and book chapters, in addition to speaking at regional and national conferences.  All of regional faculty are board certified in anesthesiology and members of the regional anesthesiology pain service. The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at MUSC is a highly integrated, collaborative group of adult and pediatric anesthesiologists. The department is comprised of 50+ staff anesthesiologists, 50+ residents in clinical anesthesia training and more than 50+ nurse anesthetists who are all committed to providing optimal care to adult and pediatric patients requiring anesthesia. Members of the department also conduct clinical research and teach postgraduate and continuing education programs. MUSC anesthesiologists supervise over >35,000 anesthetics annually. This large number of cases, integrated with ongoing research and education, results in wide-ranging expertise in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.

Regional Anesthesia Pain Division

Research Opportunities 
Fellows are encouraged to participate in research as a major activity of the yearlong fellowship. To accomplish these objectives, the regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine faculty will mentor the fellow in the production of research, co-authorship of papers as appropriate, and preparation of clinical research proposals with institutional review board approval prior to the start of the fellowship year.

Moonlight Policy
Opportunities for internal moonlighting exist. Moonlighting should not compromise the educational experience, but rather enhance it.

Application Process 
We have finished the application process for the 2015-2016 academic year and are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year. To apply, please email your CV, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and USMLE and ITE scores to Dawn Leberknight (leberkni@musc.edu). We look forward to reviewing your application.

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Program Contacts
For more information about the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program at MUSC please contact:

Sylvia Wilson, MD   Assistant Professor and Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Director
Office: (843) 792-2322
Fax: (843) 792-9314
wilsosh@musc.edu

Dawn Leberknight
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator
167 Ashley Avenue, STE 301
MSC 912
Charleston, SC 29425
Office: (843) 792-2437
Fax: (843) 792-9314
leberkni@musc.edu 

2014-2015 Regional Fellow


Robert Harvey, MD