The overall goal of the Critical Care training program is to develop competent anesthesiology intensivists in the theory, diagnosis and treatment of critical care related disorders across a broad spectrum of patients, treatment settings and levels of care. Fellows will focus on several broad areas of clinical, administrative, educational and research areas to develop the needed skills to practice state-of-the-art critical care in the broadest settings as well as the needed administrative skills to manage a critical care delivery system.
Throughout the training period and upon completion of the program, anesthesia critical care fellows will gain clinical experience in all the components delineated in the ABA Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Requirements and will also:
- develop the cognitive and procedural skills necessary to provide optimal care to patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or patients with severe physiologic derangements in the perioperative setting
- achieve proficiency in the recognition and management of problems commonly encountered in the ICU
- gain experience with longitudinal care for patients with complex medical conditions
- develop proficiency with advanced life support techniques such as different modes of mechanical ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapies and hemodynamic support with all pharmacologic agents; intra-aortic balloon pumps, ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- gain experience with the supervision of a team of health care providers including medical students, fellows, nurses, respiratory therapists and more
- develop more sophisticated knowledge of critical care principles, monitoring and therapeutic technologies, as well as current guidelines and standards of care developed by relevant medical organizations such as the SCCM and/or the ABA
- receive opportunities to develop teaching and research skills
- provide expert consultation and training to other physicians and professionals involved in managing critically ill or unstable patients in a variety of clinical settings
- gain experience in the administrative processes required to manage an ICU and critical care service
- evaluate and incorporate new treatment techniques in a rapidly growing, empirically-based field
Evaluation of a fellow will be performed in accordance with the goals and objectives stated above, as well as those competencies specific to ICU and/or elective rotations. Rotation-specific goals and objectives can be found under the Rotations page.