UTMB Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship Program

ACC Fellowship General Information

The University of Texas Medical Branch participates in the San Francisco (SF) Match. The SF website link is: https://www.sfmatch.org, select "Specialties" then click on "Critical Care Anesthesiology". Or for the PDF application click here. A common application form (CAF) can be downloaded from the SF site directly or from the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) website. Please click here to download the CAF.

Applicant registration via SF website begins: Monday, November 4, 2019.

The ACGME-accredited Anesthesia Critical Care program at UTMB, the oldest medical school in Texas, has an extraordinary faculty that promotes collegial and patient-centered care. Our program, whose alumni are practicing nationwide, has been accredited since 1995. Fellows embarking on a career in academics or in private practice benefit from the comprehensive and innovative training program we offer. One such innovative feature is our multidisciplinary journal club, in which fellows from accredited Surgical and Pulmonary Critical Care programs present contemporary articles and promote interdisciplinary education. In addition to the more traditional Anesthesiology applicant, we also have Maternal-Fetal-Medicine fellows, all of whom would be eligible to attain board certification.

During the year-long program, fellows manage patients from a wide variety of clinical, surgical, and medical subspecialties including transplant, trauma, neurosurgery and neurology, cardiothoracic, vascular, and ob/gyn, among others. Fellows have the opportunity to work with professionals at the highest level of training in this multidisciplinary environment.

In addition, UTMB is designated as a level I Trauma center; we have an exceptional respiratory Therapy program; and our fellows collaborate closely with PharmD fellows, nutritionists, primary teams, etc. in our semi-closed ICU setting. Further, we encourage the use of ultrasound and the most up-to-date monitoring devices in the management of the unit, and we foster a familiarity with vascular devices, such as ECMO, lVAD, IABP, etc. in our CT ICU. Finally, we place primary emphasis on evidence-based practices.

Our program is accredited for two fellows and, on occasion, may accommodate off-cycle applicants. The clinical training program is by design tailored to the needs of individual fellows, with nine months spent rotating through the intensive care units and three months spent on a variety of clinical electives, such as echocardiography, radiology, nephrology/acute dialysis. Moonlighting opportunities are also available in the fellows’ primary field.

The first MOCA-certified simulation center is on campus and is available to fellows throughout the 12-month training program. The simulation center will be working on developing critical care scenarios to enhance education and hands-on training for many critical care devices, such as lVAD, IABP, eCMO, ventilators, etc. To further enhance education and cooperative learning we offer a weekly departmental M&M in both surgery and anesthesiology. Our educational curriculum also offers a research elective in which fellows have the opportunity to participate in one of the following:

  • The Investigational Intensive Care Unit, funded by NIH and DOD, headed by Perenlei Enkhbaatar, MD, PhD, is a 24/7 ICU for Translational research Studies, where state- of-the art medical techniques and novel treatment strategies are developed for the critically ill patient.
  • The Molecular Pharmacology Laboratory, headed by Dr. Csaba Szabo. This laboratory, funded by the NIH, JDRF and the ADA, focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of critical illness, with special emphasis on vascular dysfunction and cellular metabolic failure and employs state-of-the-art tools of cell biology, molecular biology, molecular pharmacology and cell-based screening.
  • Resuscitation Research Laboratory, directed by George Kramer, PhD, funded by NIH, U.S. Army, Office of Naval Research and Industry, conducts clinical, animal and engineering efforts into smart "decision support" and autonomous care resuscitation systems for trauma and critical care. For further information, please visit http://www.utmb.edu/rrl

For further information please contact our coordinator Heronica Alexander at hdalexan@utmb.edu.