The Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year (12-month) ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.
We endeavor to train fellows in the art and science of providing excellent, safe, and compassionate clinical care to critical care patients and their families, and to foster the development of leaders in clinical and academic critical care anesthesiology.
The fellow will rotate through all of the hospital’s intensive care units, including the surgical anesthesia ICU, which is their home base; trauma unit; neuroscience ICU; medical ICU; and cardiothoracic ICU. Elective time in a vast array of disciplines such as infectious disease, nutrition and nephrology is available. The fellow will also undergo training in critical care ultrasound and a radiology educational block.
The program offers three weeks of vacation and one week of CME time (meetings, etc.); additional time for presenting posters or talks may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Other resources available to fellows include:
- Fellows’ office space
- Electronic medical record system, including anesthesia records
- Online university library with electronic journals and texts
- Bronchoscopy, videolaryngoscopy, ultrasound in the ICU
- Physical university anesthesia library with comprehensive pediatric text collection
- Simulation Center
To apply, register with SF Match and submit application materials directly through the Common Application System within SF Match.
All applicants must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency prior to beginning the fellowship.
Fellows’ clinical experiences are based on monthly rotations in the SAICU, NSICU and HVICCU.
Our formal didactic curriculum includes weekly fellow-level lectures, as well as departmental functions including Grand Rounds and Case Conferences.
Fellows engage in a Scholarly Project, for which they are granted non-clinical time.
Fellows participate as teachers as well as learners. Our fellows develop and deliver lectures to our residents, and often function as junior attendings, supervising residents in the ICUs.
- Critical Care Fellows’ Lecture Series (weekly, fellow-level, covers entire ACGME curriculum)
- Grand Rounds, Thursdays at 6:45 a.m.
- Anesthesiology Fellows’ Lecture Series
All fellows are required to complete a Scholarly Project. Topics can include bench research, clinical research or QI/QA. The fellow will be mentored by Hershey Medical Center faculty, and required to complete a deliverable (abstract, poster, manuscript, etc.). Non-clinical time is provided to the resident, approximately one academic day per week.
Each fellow is required to develop and deliver two one-hour lectures to anesthesiology residents.
Fellows are given progressive responsibility in the ICUs, as dictated by formal and informal evaluations and assessments. Toward the latter half of the fellowship, most fellows will have the opportunity to supervise residents in the ICUs. This allows opportunities to develop supervisory and teaching skills, to facilitate the fellow’s transition from trainee to consultant attending.
Clinical rotations are done in 13 four-week blocks.
- 5 blocks in the Surgical Anesthesia/Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
- Anesthesia ICU patients from surgical subspecialties such as orthopedics, urology, gynecology, thoracic, transplant and surgical oncology, as well as obstetrics
- Trauma ICU patients from trauma and emergency general surgery, and plastic surgery
- 1 block in the Heart and Vascular Critical Care Unit
- Cardiology, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and patients with ventricular assist devices or ECMO
- 1 block in the Neurosurgical Critical Care Unit
- Neurology, stroke and neurosurgery
- 1 block in the Medical Intensive Care Unit
- Wide array of pulmonary and medical problems; oncology
- 1 block in TTE/Ultrasound/General Radiology (time spent with Radiology and Cardiology)
- Focused imaging practice with subspecialty experts in addition to regular practice and instruction through the year
- 3 blocks of electives
- Commonly in nutrition, nephrology, infectious disease, and an additional block of subspecialty ICU or research
- Each fellow should choose areas of interest or for improvement; a customized rotation can be approved by the program director
Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Drive, H187
Hershey, PA 17033
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