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Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management Fellowship, Fairfield Division

Become a specialist in regional anesthesia, acute pain management, and orthopedic anesthesia.

Fairfield Division


Program Overview

The Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and IAA are offering a one-year Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management.

Our program is designed to provide the trainees with the expertise to effectively select and implement various regional and opioid-sparing options for enhanced recovery, facilitate OR flow, and improve perioperative management.

IAA Fellows will be given the opportunity to perform as many blocks as possible to achieve procedural expertise by completion of their training.

We do not provide any training with nerve stimulation.

Upon completion of the program, fellows will be technical experts who are ready for a position in a fast-paced clinical practice with rapid turnovers. They will possess a deep knowledge of, and expertise in, the building blocks of a successful acute pain/regional anesthesia program, and they will have a full understanding of the billing aspects of regional anesthesia, as well.

Fellowship Faculty

Our faculty consists of a dedicated group of nationally recognized educators and fellowship-trained experts who come from a wide range of training programs. These locations include the Bone and Joint Institute, Duke, Hospital for Special Surgery, Johns Hopkins and Yale.  

This diversity has allowed us to develop best practices based on clinical experiences from top programs around the country and provide you with a unique professional opportunity and Fellowship experience.

Training and Responsibilities

During training, IAA Fellows will learn:

  • Multimodal analgesia
  • Management of complex pain patients
  • Coordination of care with chronic pain providers
  • The billing aspects of regional anesthesia

The position is 50% fellowship and 50% faculty. Fellows will be expected to complete at least one academic project and submit it to a national meeting for presentation. No call or weekends are required, but there are opportunities for extra work for additional compensation.


Primary Locations

Secondary Locations

Our two primary hospitals, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and MidState Medical Center, are home to the Connecticut Orthopedic Institute, a regional leader in joint replacement and spine surgery. 

IAA provides anesthesia services for the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center (COI South) and the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState (COI North).

Our IAA team works to ensure patient’s safety during the administration of anesthesia during surgery and in the recovery room, and follow-up on postoperative care for any anesthesia-related issues.

Outside of the orthopedic service line, we perform over 3,000 truncal and chest wall blocks in our hospitals per year.

Our secondary sites are private ambulatory surgery centers which focus on speed and efficiency.

Apply Now for the IAA Regional Anesthesia Fellowship, Fairfield Division

Email CV and cover letter to:
Program Director: Vlad Frenk, MD

Office: (203) 929-7353

Benefits & Conditions

  • Fellows will take NO CALL or work weekends or holidays during the entire year of fellowship. This helps to ensure patient continuity on the regional anesthesia & acute pain service. Fellows are welcome to moonlight by doing additional shifts for compensation, provided they do not interfere with the usual daily schedule. However, these shifts are neither mandatory nor expected.
  • In addition to the competitive salary, fellows have 4 weeks of vacation and 1 week for academic activities that can be used to attend a conference or to take board exams. They also receive $3,750 for CME, fully paid CT medical license, DEA, controlled substance license, and society dues.
  • Fellows can participate in oral board review sessions with our faculty members who are official ABA Oral Board examiners, including Dr. Finkel who is an ABA board examiner.
  • Fellows will have other academic opportunities such as presenting a department grand rounds lecture, performing a research project, or attending national anesthesia conferences.

In summary, our unique fellowship offers a great opportunity for you to master ultrasound-guided regional blocks and various regional and non-opioid options for enhanced recovery, OR flow, and perioperative management. This foundation will benefit you throughout your professional career.

As fellowship director, I thank you for your interest, and look forward to the opportunity of providing you with a comprehensive and enjoyable educational experience. If you are interested in applying for the fellowship, please contact Vlad Frenk, MD for information. We use the common fellowship application which can be found by clicking here.

For further details, please view our profile on the ASRA Fellowship Directory.

Apply Now for the IAA
Regional Anesthesia
Fellowship, Fairfield Division

Vlad Frenk, MD

Vlad Frenk, MD
Program Director, Fairfield Division

IAA Anesthesia Fellowship
Fairfield Division
Attn: Vlad Frenk, MD
2 Trap Falls Road, Suite 414
Shelton CT 06484

Theresa Bowling, MD

Theresa Bowling, MD
Assistant Program Director, Fairfield Division

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