Second level master's degree in Advanced Pediatric Anesthesiology
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Second level master's degree in Advanced Pediatric Anesthesiology

  • Chief_ Maria Beatrice Silvi
  • Coordinator_ Nicola Pirozzi
  • Responsible for teaching_ Sandra D'Alessandro


The Master’s degree in Advanced Pediatric Anesthesiology is designed to provide a high-level theoretical and practical education on the anesthesiological management in Pediatrics.
Pediatric anesthesia is a ultra specialist area for which Residency Medical Schools fail to provide an adequate training.
The Master complies with Guidelines governing the minimum requirements and knowledge in Pediatric Anesthesia proposed by FEAPA (European Federation of Associations of Pediatric Anesthesia).


Registration fee is € 4.000 for a two year course. 50% of the fee must be paid at the time of registration and the remaining 50% within the deadline specified in the call. In case the number of candidates exceeds the number of available positions, candidates will be selected based on their academic qualifications and/or by distance interview.

Master organization

This is a two-year master course. Educational activities foresee at least 60 university credits (CFU), equal to 1.500 hours of overall commitment for the student as follows:

- 500 hours of taught educational activities and 200 hours of distance learning.
- 400 hours of practical educational activities, including attendance at the operating rooms and dummy testing.

Remaining hours are dedicated to the preparation of a project or paper as well as individual preparation and study


1. Clinical Governance (policies and procedures)

2. Anatomy and physiology of the child and newborn

3. Pediatric Pharmacology:

- administration routes;
- drug distribution: metabolism and elimination;
- inhalational anesthetics;
- intravenous agents;
- opioid drugs and antagonists;
- neuromuscular blocking drugs and antagonists;
- local anesthetics;
- sedatives;
- emergency drugs (inotropic, vasopressors, diuretics, …).

4. Preparation to surgery:
- medical disorders that can affect anesthesia;
- anesthesiological indications in syndromes and anatomical functional disorders;
- anesthetic indications in different anatomical and functional syndromes and disorders;
- choice of hematological-chemical and instrumental tests;
- choice of blood chemistry and instrumental investigations;
- definition of anesthesiological risk in pediatrics;
- informed consent;
- psychological aspects.

5. Preparation of the operating room:
- room structure;
- anesthesia device;
- anesthesia trolley;
- ventilation systems;
- monitoring systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, celebral, of the sedation and anesthesia level, temperature);
- heating system;
- fluid therapy equipment;
- latex-free pathway;
- the presence of parents in the operating room.

6. General anesthesia:
- induction of inhalational general anesthesia;
- choice of inhalational anesthetic;
- induction techniques;
- maintenance;
- recovery;
- complication.

7. General intravenous balanced anesthesia

8. Total Intravenous anesthesia (TIVA)

9. Management of airway:
- face mask, laryngeal mask;
- tracheal tube;
- difficult airway (video-assisted intubation, supra-glottis devices, sub-glottis devices);
- effects of anesthetics on ventilation;
- ventilation in spontaneous breathing;
- mechanical ventilation;
- fluid therapy (perioperative, intraoperative and postoperative);
- transfusion of blood and blood products: indications, risks, infusion technical aspects.

10. Regional anesthesia:
- anatomical features;
- physiological characteristics;
- peripheral blocks;
- central blocks;
- thoracic epidural anesthesia.

11. Postoperative pain:
- measurement;
- treatment;
- protocols and guidelines.

12. Specialized pediatric anesthesia:
- neurosurgery;
- thoracic surgery;
- cardiac surgery;
- neonatal surgery;
- ENT;
- orthopaedics and Traumatology.


Enrolment to the Master course is incompatible with enrolment at other university courses. This course is intended for graduates in Medicine, who are members of the Medical Register, having completed Residency in Anesthesiology and Resuscitation. EU and non-EU applicants are eligible if resident in Italy with a regular work or study permit.




Calbi Giuseppe

Caverni Valentina

Ciofi Degli Atti Marta Luisa

Contursi Antonio Luigi

Corsetti Tiziana

Dei Giudici Luigi

Ferrari Fabio

Offidani Caterina

Padua Mariangela

Pariante Rosanna

Picardo Sergio Giuseppe

Reali Simone

Schiavi Franco

Sgrò Stefania

Silivi Maria Beatrice

Smedile Francesco

Tigliè Stefano

Vittori Stefano