Critical Care Only Fellowship 

We offer select positions for dedicated clinical training in Critical Care Medicine. Two courses of study are offered depending on the level of experience of an incoming fellow. 

One Year Option

A one year program is geared towards physicians who have completed or plan to complete an American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) fellowship in another sub-specialty such as Nephrology, Infectious Disease, or Cardiology. When combined with the completion of another fellowship program, this twelve-month clinical experience confers eligibility to sit for the Critical Care Medicine board examination. 

Two Year Option

A two-year fellowship is available to graduates of either an Internal Medicine or Emergency Medicine residency who have not completed another ABIM fellowship. An extended program is required for such physicians to sit for the Critical Care Medicine board examination. 

Curriculum

Clinical Curriculum

Critical Care fellows rotate through a broad mix of ICUs within the UW system in a schedule that it is integrated with the Pulmonary and Critical Care and Anesthesiology Critical Care fellowships.

Fellows split their time between three Seattle clinical sites: the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, with the majority of time spent at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Services fellows will rotate on include:

  • University of Washington Medical Center - Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Cardiothoracic ICU (CT ICU),  the and Oncology-Bone Marrow Transplant Intensive Care Unit
  • Harborview Medical Center - Neurocritical Care Service (NCCS), Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (TICU), and the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
  • Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System - Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

Sample Schedule

Year One Year Two*
UWMC Cardiothoracic ICU HMC Neurocritical Care Service
UWMC Oncology-BMT ICU HMC Medical ICU
UWMC Surgical ICU HMC Trauma/Surgical ICU
VA Medical ICU UWMC Pulmonary
UWMC Medical ICU UWMC Surgical ICU
HMC Medical ICU UWMC Cardiothoracic ICU
HMC Neurocritical Care Service Elective (6 months)
HMC Trauma/Surgical ICU  
Elective (3 months)  

*Completed by 2-year fellow only. 

Didactic Curriculum

A number of didactic opportunities are available in the course of a Critical Care fellow's training. Fellows present cases (in rotation with Pulmonary and Critical Care and Anesthesiology Critical Care fellows) to faculty discussants at the weekly Seattle Area Chest Grand Rounds, which is one of the UW health system’s most popular conferences. Weekly core content lectures on a variety of topics relevant to Critical Care Medicine follow. Conference time is protected for fellows, unless extreme clinical circumstances mandate otherwise.

A variety of other educational opportunities occur at the various teaching sites. These can include:

  • Daily teaching rounds in all ICUs (regularly led by either the fellow or attending physician)
  • Harborview’s weekly Multidisciplinary ICU Journal Club
  • UWMC's weekly ICU conference
  • The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine's monthly Journal Club
  • Seattle Resuscitation Grand Rounds

Application

The Critical Care Medicine fellowship accepts applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) but does not participate in the National Residency Matching Program.