Our fellows rotate through our intensive care units in 2-4 week blocks, with 9-months of total ICU experiences. A typical balance of ICU exposure includes 2-months in the surgical/trauma ICU, 3-3.5 months in the medical ICU, and 3.5-4 months in the cardiothoracic ICU. We have additional flexibility to work-in elective or dedicated ICU time in the non-surgical cardiology and neurology/neurosurgery ICUs.
UW has an active simulation center and fellows participate in simulation events for echocardiography, ECMO and for varied emergency/airway events in conjunction with the Department of Anesthesiology general residency program. Fellows are given time to attend one national conference annually (generally SOCCA or SCCM). In addition, there are 1-2 echocardiography conferences offered locally each year and our department hosts the annual Arndt Airway Conference. System wide, there is an end-of-year QI symposium that fellows present at.
Fellows will actively expand teaching roles with day-to-day responsibilities as well as in formal conference presentations including Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, Pulmonology Grand Rounds, and in intensive care unit didactics in the SICU, MICU and CTICU. The fellow will assist in presenting quarterly critical care anesthesiology case conferences.
Each week, our department hosts anesthesiology lectures, anesthesiology grand rounds and two echo conferences. The critical care groups also have weekly conferences, specific to each unit. The critical care lecture series provides the core background knowledge to succeed in subspecialty certification. Finally, we provide a month-to-month guided reading / topic-based curriculum that combines textbook chapters with core review articles and landmark manuscripts in our field.
We offer excellent hands-on and didactic training in echocardiography (TTE and TEE) and pleural sonography. Fellows will be well equipped to board certify in critical care echocardiography (CCEeXAM via NBE), which is expected, and in TEE (Basic PTEeXAM) via NBE, if desired.
Outside of the ICU, electives are matched to trainee educational needs and are available in: Neurocritical Care, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Echocardiography, Cardiac & Transplant Anesthesiology, Cardiology Critical Care including the Cath Lab, Thoracic Surgery and Pulmonology. A longitudinal research or QI project is required and supported.