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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 Box folder found below:
- Curriculum vitae
- USMLE or COMLEX transcript
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
- ISTE scores
- ABA basic exam result
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.
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
- Critical Care Fellows’ Lecture Series (weekly, fellow-level, covers entire ACGME curriculum)
- Grand Rounds, 6:45 a.m. Thursdays
- Anesthesiology Fellows’ Lecture Series
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.
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.