SALG-BIDMC Fellowship


The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group has announced an exciting new programme of fellowships for anaesthetists interested in patient safety

In collaboration with the Association of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG) are offering a unique programme of formal training through Harvard Medical School that aims to develop international expertise in peri-operative quality and safety.

The two successful candidates will be known as the SALG-BIDMC Safety Scholars, and will be provided with:

  • a fully funded place in a Master of Healthcare Quality and Safety (MHQS) course from Harvard University, while also engaged in clinical practice at a suitable level at the Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a major Harvard Medical School teaching hospital with a long tradition of clinical, academic and research excellence in Boston’s highly competitive healthcare environment.
  • Co-mentorship from the Vice Chair of Quality and Safety at BIDMC (Professor SK Ramachandran), and the SALG co-chairs: Professor JJ Pandit and Dr CR Bailey
  • Scholars will identify project(s) in the UK that they will develop and lead on, after their return to the UK

By accessing oversight from these faculty, this scholarship will equip successful candidates with the theoretical, practical and leadership skills to implement quality and safety techniques and processes within their organizations, in addition to benefitting from the immense network and resources of the Harvard academic community.  We expect that they will be positioned to become the future leaders in quality and safety.

This program is endorsed by the American Board of Anesthesiologists (ABA). Successful candidates will receive official letters from the ABA in support of their visa application, where necessary.

Further details of the programme are below:

  • The SALG-BIDMC Scholars (both Fellow and Staff) will be expected to participate in clinical anesthesia care c. 40% during the first year and c.60% during the second year. The appointment does not stipulate specific anesthesia or surgical specialty case-mix, and it is anticipated that the successful applicants will be exposed to a wide variety of clinical care environments within BIDMC. The Scholars will resume 100% clinical work during weeks when the MHQS course is in recess.
  • The BIDMC system provides care for >40,000 patients undergoing procedures every year including neurosurgery, major vascular, thoracic, cardiac, solid organ transplant, ambulatory, and obstetric anesthesia. In addition, the Department has a substantial role in critical care and pain medicine. Successful candidates will have a primary clinical appointment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and be expected to provide exceptional clinical care, teach residents and collaborate in our ongoing academic programs. Dedicated academic time will be built into the contract to permit seamless participation in the fully integrated MHQS program. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in organisational quality and safety committees and complete at least one high quality mentored project as part of this program (see Capstone project, below).
  • The salary may be free of UK (or Irish) and US federal (but not state) income tax, because the employment contract covers a whole UK tax year, and is covered by an international tax treaty. Applicants are advised to take independent financial advice to verify if this clause applies to them.
  • Visiting PGY-5 Fellowship positions are available for anaesthesia trainees. PGY-5 fellows will be expected to provide clinical care under the supervision of an attending anesthesiologist, contribute to the on-call service, teach residents and students and participate in the research opportunities in the department that integrate with their Masters Program. 
  • The program complies with existing national standards for work hours. On average, fellows can expect to work 36-48 hours a week during the ‘term time’ of their Masters program. This includes time spent in on-call duties: on average, fellows take ’late call’ once a week (this is a system wherein up to 5 fellows are assigned to leave at staggered times after hours, depending on the workload).  There is an overnight (resident) call 1-2 times per month. 
  • Successful candidates will function and be paid as PGY-5 fellows (salary c. $76,000 pa) with potential opportunities for additional remuneration (eg, late and on-call attracts additional payments).  Each PGY-5 Fellow receives a free iPad, free malpractice insurance coverage, on-call meal cards, short and long-term disability insurance, a variety of textbooks, and an educational allowance in line with national standards. The program also makes available the opportunity to purchase several types of low cost health, dental and life insurance. Each fellow and resident is allotted 20 days of vacation along with 5 days to attend professional conferences (ie, 5 weeks total). In addition, the hospital has a liberal leave of absence policy for employees (fellows and residents) who are new parents, require medical leave, or need to care for a seriously ill family member (see [] for the full compensation package).
  • The programme will accept two candidates, the minimum appointment period is for 2 years, 7 months. Extensions are possible by agreement towards the end of this period, however BIDMC does not expect candidates to seek a permanent position in the US.

Application process

The deadline for applications to be received is noon on 31 Jan 2019. Interviews will be held in February 2019. Successful candidates will commence their program on 1 July 2019.

Accordingly, candidates are encouraged to apply and plan early and actively participate in the preparatory processes once they are selected.

Interested candidates should;

  1. Visit this page: and click on 'apply'
  2. Complete the registration form, including a supporting statement on the explaining their reasons for applying, and upload a single MS Word or PDF file containing all of the below.
  1. the completed preliminary visa and regulatory screening form (downloadable from the above page)
  2. a full CV including publication list, h-index and any grant funding obtained in the course of their career
  3. three references, which should be included in the body of the application on headed notepaper and signed by each referee
  4. a statement from current employer that they guarantee that you will be employed with them on completion of your scholarship