Fellowship Programs

Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Medicine, Fairfield Division

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

Fellowship application portal for 2024-25 academic year opens January 9, 2023


Fellowship 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 Medicine.

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.

Note: 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

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.

Secondary Locations

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

Wondering if the IAA Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Fellowship, Fairfield Division is for you?

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

(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.

To provide more consistency and predictability to the RAAPM fellowship application process, nearly 60 RAAAPM fellowship programs have decided to participate in a common application and match process provided by SF Match for recruitment. The Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship program is proud to be one of these programs participating in this new match process for the upcoming interview season for the 2024-2025 Academic year.

This matching process, provided by SF match, analogous to the current match system for trainees in Cardiac, Critical Care, and Obstetric Anesthesiology, will allow fellowship applicants an opportunity to visit and evaluate various training programs systematically over a larger window of time. This resulting match system will improve the equity of the process, create a more flexible and comprehensive interview process, and benefit both applicants and individual programs.

Applicants will have to register with and apply to our program through the SF Match website below. SF Match will be the central site involved in processing applications, accepting rank lists, processing of the match itself, as well as providing post-match vacancy matching.    

Regional Anesthesiology &
Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship with
SF Match Portal >>


  1. Application Portal opens January 9, 2023
  2. Locate program(s) of interest using the ASRA Fellowship Directory
  3. Register as an applicant to Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine (RAAPM) Fellowship on SFMatch.org.
  4. Complete the RAAPM application documents within the SF Match system.
  5. Locate program(s) of interest using the ASRA Fellowship Directory
  6. Programs will set up interviews once applications are received via SF Match portal.
  7. Note all pertinent deadline dates for your application cycle on SF Match website, or the ASRA RAAPM Fellowship Page.
  8. Submit rank list before deadline date.
  9. In some cases, you may be eligible to commit to a program with an exception agreement, after registration on SF Match. These agreements are initiated by the program director and not the applicant. 
  10. Obtain match results on date published by SF Match.

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

Considering working with IAA
Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 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