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About the Fellowship

Our department’s Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is fully accredited by the ACGME. Following successful completion of the fellowship, the fellow is eligible to take the subspecialty examination in critical care medicine offered by the American Board of Anesthesiology. The duration of the program is one year. Each candidate must have successfully completed an anesthesiology residency in the United States in order to be eligible for this fellowship.

We are a medium-sized department with a passionate commitment to the education of our fellows. We accept one or two critical care fellows each year. In our various ICUs, our fellows will interact with trainees from the anesthesiology, general surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology and internal medicine departments.  They will also work with our NP and PA critical care providers.  This team approach prepares our fellows for real-world practice. Each fellow is assured personalized and in-depth clinical training.

The University Campus is the home base for the department. The range of surgical cases on the University Campus includes cardiac and vascular surgery; thoracic surgery; neurosurgery; pediatric surgery; orthopedic surgery; surgical oncology; laparoscopic surgery; liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation; and major trauma. The University Campus has several critical care units devoted to the care of adults and children.

UMass Memorial Medical Center has a very active critical care community, and all ICUs are governed by the UMass Memorial Health Care Critical Care Operations Committee (CCOC).  This committee is co-chaired by J. Matthias Walz, MD, FCCP, professor and chair of anesthesia & perioperative medicine, and Michelle O’Rourke, DNP, RN, senior director of critical care nursing. In addition to the traditional units, the UMass Memorial critical care community is fortunate to have an extensive telemedicine network (eICU); it links all the medical center critical care beds and several other community hospital critical care beds to a control center which is staffed 24/7 by a critical care team led by an intensivist. Our fellows will have a unique opportunity to interact with the eICU on a daily basis and will also be rotating in the eICU control center for one week or more.

Our faculty are extremely proud of our fellowship program and of our track record of providing superbly trained intensivists. We encourage you to inquire about joining us.