Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Opportunities

Why should you complete an Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship?

Our panel of experts share their experiences on the value an OB Anesthesia Fellowship has added to their career.  

How to Apply for OB Anesthesiology Fellowship

  1. Locate program(s) of interest using the SOAP Fellowship Directory.
  2. Email each program of interest to confirm open positions and other details. Contact information can be found in the directory or on the program’s individual website.
  3. Download and complete the SOAP common application. Most programs use this application, and some require supplementary questions. Be sure to check each program's specifications.
  4. Email all application materials directly to each program to which you wish to apply. The writers of your letters of recommendation should also email their letters directly to the programs. 
  5. Register as an applicant to Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship on SFMatch.org. Your application fee is a flat rate of $75, regardless of how many programs you are applying to.
  6. Note the program rank list deadline for your application cycle.
  7. 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. 

About SF Match

To provide more consistency and predictability to the Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship application process, the Obstetric Anesthesiology programs participate in a match process provided by SF Match

Applicants and programs participate by registering with SF Match, and applicants apply to the programs of their choice.  Both programs and applicants will submit a rank list based on their preferences. Notably, only programs where an applicant has interviewed can be listed in this process.

Each program will accept the fellow candidate’s application separately. Most programs (but not all) are using the common application on the SOAP website. SF Match is not involved in processing applications, only the rank list and match process. 


Exceptions to the standard match process may be allowed, at the program director’s discretion, in the following situations:

  1. Applicants who are in active military service at the time of application.
  2. Internal candidates, i.e., applicants who are currently in the anesthesiology residency program at the same institution as the Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship.
  3. Applicants who are making a commitment to come to the institution of the Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship for more than one year.
  4. Applicants who are enrolled in an anesthesiology residency outside the USA at the time of the application, and/or who are not eligible for ABA certification due to non-US training.
  5. Applicants whose spouse or partner is applying for a GME-approved post graduate training program in a medical specialty in the same region as the Obstetric Anesthesiology fellowship.

Eligible applicants who wish to take advantage of an exception rule are still required to participate in the match ranking process and must complete an exception agreement with their future program director. Any match irregularities will be referred to the SOAP OB Anesthesia Fellowship Committee and SOAP leadership. Exception forms for SF match (AY 2024-25) can be submitted from January 9 until June 12, 2023.

To apply for an exception:

  1. Download the exception form (see link).
  2. Complete the form, including the signature of the program director and applicant.
  3. Email the completed, signed form to [email protected].

The exception agreement process is tied to the account of each program’s director and (director's SOAP membership must be active). Both the institution and applicant must complete the exception form. You will receive a confirmation email when the match exception agreement is complete.

Fellowship Directory
Common Application
Supplementary Questions
SFMatch Website
Exception Form

Important Dates

  • Applicant Registration Begins (via SF Match): January 9, 2023

  • Deadline to Submit Rank List: June 13, 2023 (12:00 pm Pacific)

  • Match Day: June 20, 2023

    Questions? Contact the SOAP Office (U.S.) via email to [email protected].