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Program Mission 

The mission of the obstetric anesthesia fellowship is to provide the training and resources needed for the fellow to excel in the areas of patient care, quality improvement, and research as it relates to obstetric anesthesiology. 

Program Aims 

• To provide the training, experience, and education that will allow our fellows to become good clinicians and be prepared for independent practice as an expert consultant in the field of obstetric anesthesia.

• To instill the practice of quality improvement and patient safety through teamwork and a multidisciplinary approach as key components to the practice of obstetric anesthesia.

• To foster academic development by promoting scholarly activity.


Obstetric anesthesiology is the subspecialty of anesthesiology devoted to the comprehensive anesthetic management of women during pregnancy and the puerperium. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved the Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship in 2011, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has received its full OB Anesthesiology Fellowship accreditation starting in 2014. UAB is a comprehensive university and medical center that encompasses 82 city blocks and has over 17,000 students. It is home to a large graduate school, a world-renowned health-care complex, and more than 70 research centers. We are one of the original eight National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) research sites in the country involved in research initiatives for maternal, child and family health. 

The Fellow in Obstetric Anesthesiology will primarily work in the Women and Infants Center (WIC) a $140-million, 60,000-square-foot freestanding facility. It has 11 maternity evaluation rooms, 17 labor and delivery rooms, 28 antepartum beds, 28 postpartum beds, 3 operating suites, and 56 beds for gynecology and gynecologic oncology patients. Our Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is classified as a Level IV RNICU, the highest level possible and the only Level IV in the state. The Fellow will be trained and supported by a dedicated group of fellowship-trained obstetric anesthesiologists, experienced clinicians, educators and scientists in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, fetal-maternal medicine and neonatology. In addition, the Fellow will have his/her own office, 24-hour access to our premier anesthesia library and university library, and statistical and administrative support.

OB Anesthesiology training consists of gaining clinical expertise in all aspects of normal and advanced obstetric anesthesiology and fetal-maternal medicine cases in our Women and Infants Center with approximately 4,500 deliveries. The Fellow is expected to learn about all aspects of obstetric anesthesia and progress towards an independent teacher and consultant. We also expect that the Fellow will conduct original clinical or basic research, present results at a national meeting, and publish in a peer-reviewed journal. We will promote the engagement with other Obstetric Anesthesiology specialists around the country and worldwide as a first step towards a successful and distinguished career in our subspecialty. 

We are committed to providing an outstanding fellowship training experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about the program.


Michelle Tubinis

Michelle Tubinis, M.D.
Program Director

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