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Curriculum & Education


Twelve 4-week rotation blocks, including

  • Surgery ICU (4 blocks)
  • Cardiac ICU (2 blocks)
  • Medicine ICU (1 block)
  • Neuro ICU (1 block)
  • Burn Trauma ICU (1 block)
  • Elective (3 blocks) - we offer a wide range of electives, tailored to individual interests and requests
  • 20 vacation days plus 4 meeting days


Orientation Boot Camp


The first two weeks of fellowship are devoted to didactics on core critical care topics coupled with instruction in common procedures:

-Society of Critical Care Medicine's Fundamentals of Critical Care Support Course

  • -Ultrasound workshop, including hands-on scanning with live models
  • -Vascular access workshop, including placing central venous, intraosseous, and arterial lines into mannequins
  • -Bronchoscopy workshop, including hands-on practice with the scopes using mannequins
  • -Mock codes in the high-fidelity simulator


Procedure Training

  • Fellows perform vascular access, thoracentesis, and paracentesis for their patients in the ICU. Initially, these require supervision but with experience and faculty attestation to competence fellows may perform them independently.chest tube
  • Fellows complete endotracheal intubation, bronchoscopy, and the placement of pleural catheters in the ICUs. While we require supervision for these throughout training, fellows become proficient by graduation.
  • Additional procedures including (but not limited to) elective cardioversion, and the placement of transvenous pacemakers or pulmonary artery catheters are within the fellow's purview as long as a faculty supervisor is available.
  • Daily opportunities for POCUS for clinical decision making in the various ICUs

Teaching Conferences

  • Multidisciplinary Fellows' Lecture Series: Designed specifically for fellows, the series covers fundamental concepts in critical care practice. Speakers include intensivists and faculty from other disciplines who have expertise in conditions frequently encountered in the ICUPOCUS
  • Daily Critical Care teaching session: one on one teaching with the attending on service 
  • Weekly Anesthesiology Ground Rounds, Fellows are invited to participate
  • OB/CC Conference with CME credit (quarterly)
  • Critical Care Journal Club (monthly)
  • M&M Conferences through various departments

Additional Didactics

  • Emergency Neurological Life Support course offered yearly
  • OSCE sessions and Mock Oral exams are available to fellows who in the process of Anesthesia Board Certification

Scholarly Activity

In line with our aim of training physician scholars, all fellows are expected to engage in academic pursuits.  Requirements include:

  • Quality Improvement Project
  • Department Grand Rounds presentation
  • Additional scholarly activity leading to publication or presentation at national conference
  • Attendance at at least 1 national conference during fellowship year