The Critical Care Fellowship Training Program of the University of Washington is a collaborative one-year program administered by the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. The program accepts graduates of residency programs in multiple disciplines including medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and emergency medicine. Candidates are selected based on their preparedness and ability to benefit from the Program.
Completion of this one-year Critical Care Fellowship allows graduates of residencies in anesthesiology or obstetrics to sit for the ABA certification exam, and graduates of surgical residencies to sit for the ACS certification exam in critical care medicine. Graduates of internal medicine residencies who have also completed a sub-specialty fellowship are eligible to sit for the ABIM certification exam in critical care after this one-year program, but two years of critical care training are required for Board-eligibility after graduation from an internal medicine residency alone.
The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine also offers an innovative five-year combined Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Program that confers ABA board eligibility if successfully completed. The first three years of training parallel those of trainees in the "conventional" anesthesiology residency track, and include a total of five months of intensive care unit rotations. The last two years of training integrate 12 months of advanced critical care medicine at the fellow level with conventional anesthesia rotations and electives. The advanced critical care rotations are jointly administered with the Department of Medicine, and are generally identical to those offered through the conventional one-year Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. For more information about the combined program,
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Aptitude, academic credentials, personal characteristics and communication skills are considered in the selection process
Fellows rotate through a broad mix of ICUs within the UW system in a schedule that it is integrated with the Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship. The Critical Care Division of the Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Department includes 15 faculty who are trained in Critical Care Medicine, and who contribute to the education of critical care fellows.
Fellows split their time between three Seattle clinical sites: University of Washington Medical Center; Harborview Medical Center; and Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System - Seattle Division, with the majority of time spent at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
The University of Washington Medical Center offers fellows several ICU services:
Harborview Medical Center is the hospital for King County, and is also the only level-one trauma center in a four state region (Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, or "WAMI"). The hospital is owned by the county, and managed by the University of Washington. Fellows rotate on three services at Harborview:
The third site is the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System - Seattle Division, where fellows rotate through the following service:
In addition to nine months of core ICU rotations, electives are available in radiology, cardiology/echocardiograpy, nephrology, infectious disease, and independent study.
A variety of structured educational opportunities exist in addition to ongoing clinical education. The Anesthesiology Critical Care Division holds a quarterly journal club meeting for faculty, fellows, and combined program trainees. Fellows also take part in the Pulmonary Division's weekly Chest Conference, a CPC-type format where fellows present teaching cases for attendings to discuss. This conference is followed by a didactic session each week. Every rotation has specific didactics, and a weekly multidisciplinary critical care journal club takes place at Harborview. An extensive array of research-based journal clubs and conferences are available through the fellowship.
The University of Washington provides a vibrant environment for interdisciplinary biomedical research. The Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Medicine, and Surgery Departments all offer opportunities for research in basic science and clinical aspects of Critical Care and related fields. Collaboration among departments is common, and provides for a rich intellectual atmosphere. The University of Washington School of Medicine ranked sixth among U.S. medical schools in receiving NIH funding in 2005, with grants totaling more than $300 million..
Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington have an illustrious history of leadership in research in critical care medicine. The Critical Care Division of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine is actively involved in outcomes-based research at Harborview Medical Center, providing opportunities for critical care fellows to gain exposure to clinical research. For trainees interested in more in-depth research training with the intent to pursue an academic career, several opportunities exist. The department offers a two-year research fellowship in basic science or clinical research for trainees interested in focused research training that is funded by an NIH training grant. Another mechanism for research training is present in the form of research "faculty-fellowships" that combine clinical work with basic science or clinical research training, which are funded by clinical revenue.
This application form is a "common form" that will be accepted by the majority of ACCM fellowship programs. You may complete the application electronically, and then e-mail or surface mail the application to the programs you wish to apply to, including ours. You cannot save the information that you enter into the application, so you may wish to submit to all of the programs that you are interested in at one sitting, or make a paper copy that you can mail, fax or scan for additional submissions. The common ACCM application form and a list of all ACGME-approved ACCM programs can also be found on the SOCCA website.
In addition to the application form, these are the documents required for application:
For applicants from Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics, or Surgery programs, please send completed applications and/or questions to:
Fellowship Program Administrator
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of Washington, Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6540
phone: 206-221-6453 / fax: 206-543-2958
For applicants from Internal Medicine programs, please send completed applications and/or questions to:
Norma Jean Schwab
Program Operations Specialist
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
BB-1361 Health Sciences Bldg., Box 356522
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6522
phone: 206-616-8378 / fax: 206-685-8673
Dr. Matthew R. Hallman
Harborview Medical Center, Box 359724