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Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship

Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship

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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.

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Program Details

The Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship endeavors 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.

Each fellow will rotate through all of the hospital’s intensive care units, including the surgical anesthesia ICU, which is the home base; the 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
  • Clinical Simulation Center

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Candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents or J-1 visa holders (no additional visa types are sponsored)
  • Board-eligible or board-certified in anesthesiology
  • Eligible for a Pennsylvania medical training license

All applicants must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology residency prior to beginning the fellowship.

All applications must be submitted through SF Match.

Required Supporting Documents

In addition to the SF Match application, the following documents should be submitted to the secure file drop found below:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • ISTE scores
  • ABA basic exam result

Submit supporting documents here

Interview Process

Due to the 2020-2021 interview restrictions, all interviews will be conducted remotely. All Penn State Health anesthesiology fellowship programs will be using with Thalamus for the upcoming season. All fellowship applications must still be submitted through SF Match. Applicants will receive further communication via email and/or Thalamus once applications are received.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 3, 2021: Application deadline
  • May 18, 2021: Rank list deadline
  • May 25, 2021: Match results released
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Penn State Health

Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.

In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:

  • 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
  • 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
  • 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
  • The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
  • Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
  • Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
  • More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
  • Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
  • Designated as a Magnet hospital three times

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Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
  • Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
  • Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
  • More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually

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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.

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Institutional Resources

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate, embrace and support the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.

Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:

  • Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
  • An allyship support group
  • Many affinity resource network groups, including:
    • Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Group on Women in Medicine and Science
    • Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
    • LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
    • NextGen
  • A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows

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Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education

The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.

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Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.

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Mailing Address

Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Dr., H187
Hershey, PA 17033

General Contact Information

Phone: 800-206-7718

Fax: 717-531-0826

Curriculum Details

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Fellows’ clinical experiences are based on monthly rotations in the surgical anesthesia/trauma intensive care unit, the neurosurgical critical care unit and the heart and vascular critical care unit.

The 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. They develop and deliver lectures to our residents, and often function as junior attendings, supervising residents in the ICUs.

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Clinical rotations are done in 13 four-week blocks.

  • Five 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 as well as plastic surgery
  • One block in the heart and vascular critical care unit
    • Cardiology, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and patients with ventricular assist devices or ECMO
  • One block in the neurosurgical critical care unit
    • Neurology, stroke and neurosurgery
  • One block in the medical intensive care unit
    • Wide array of pulmonary and medical problems as well as oncology
  • One 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
  • Three blocks of electives
    • Commonly in nutrition, nephrology and infectious disease, and an additional block of subspecialty ICU or research
    • Fellow are expected to choose areas of interest or for improvement; a customized rotation can be approved by the program director
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  • Critical Care Fellows’ Lecture Series (weekly, fellow-level, covers entire ACGME curriculum)
  • Grand Rounds, 6:45 a.m. Thursdays
  • Anesthesiology Fellows’ Lecture Series
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All fellows are required to complete a scholarly project. Topics can include bench research, clinical research or quality improvement/quality assurance. The fellow will be mentored by Penn State Health Milton S. 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.

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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.

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