Clinical Expectations

Fellows are expected to complete two weeks of clinical rotations at one of our ASPMF-affiliated clinical sites. During the initial on-campus intensive, Fellows will meet with the Assistant Director to plan their clinical rotations. Once every Fellow has secured two clinical rotation weeks, the option to schedule additional weeks will become available at an additional expense. Please note that the decision to schedule extra clinical rotation weeks is subject to availability and determined individually by the Assistant Director.

Fellows are responsible for initiating the licensing process for each clinical rotation and must upload all required documents into Typhon six weeks prior to the rotation. The Assistant Director will forward these documents to the respective clinical sites. Once approved, the Assistant Director will introduce the Fellow to the clinical mentor via email. To prepare for the rotation, the Fellow must contact the clinical mentor one week before their arrival to receive specific instructions.

During the clinical rotation, Fellows are expected to adhere to the training schedule provided by the clinical mentor and comply with clinical site policies and procedures. Active participation in case conferences, acute pain service rounds, postoperative evaluations, and regional blocks is expected. Failure to comply with HIPAA regulations, infection control policies, and safety protocols established by the ASPMF clinical affiliate site may lead to the suspension of the Fellow's clinical training for the assigned week. It is important to note that the number of blocks during a clinical rotation is not guaranteed by the clinical affiliate site or MTSA.

Fellows are responsible for their own travel expenses during clinical rotations. It is important to complete all necessary documentation before making any travel and lodging arrangements. Please note that MTSA will not reimburse travel expenses in the event that a clinical rotation is canceled. 

Prior to enrollment in the Fellowship, Fellows must provide documentation of a current health insurance policy that covers potential physical injuries during training at ASPMF clinical affiliate sites. Clinical sites hold NO responsibility for injuries sustained during Fellowship training. Fellows are responsible for adhering to universal precautions to prevent the transmission of bacterial or viral pathogens while providing patient care at ASPMF clinical affiliate sites. Fellows are also responsible for all expenses related to serology testing and follow-up care resulting from needlestick injuries or contact with patient bodily fluids. Fellows acknowledge that medical expenses arising from injuries during clinical rotations at ASPMF clinical affiliate sites are their sole responsibility and accept these conditions during clinical training in the Fellowship or participation in MTSA-sponsored cadaveric workshops.

The clinical mentor reserves the right to suspend the Fellow's training at any time during the clinical week for unprofessional conduct or actions that jeopardize patient care or compromise the reputation of the clinical site. This determination of unprofessional conduct may be made solely at the discretion of the clinical mentor or by any anesthesia or surgical professional employed by the hospital or anesthesia group at the ASPMF clinical affiliate site.

These clinical expectations are subject to amendments or eliminations at any time. The Fellow will receive sufficient and timely notice regarding any changes made to these expectations.