Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
The Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Fellowship program at the University of Florida is designed to prepare the individual to be qualified to direct an Intensive Care Unit following completion of the fellowship.
While it may not be advisable to start a new faculty member as Medical Director of an Intensive Care Unit, the fellowship training ensures you are qualified to do so should you choose. It has been the fellowship’s experience over the last 35 years that it takes approximately 6 to 8 months to be entirely comfortable managing all the problems and issues that arise in the care of critically ill surgical patients. In addition to learning the appropriate medical and technical skills, a number of other areas are addressed during the fellowship.
The fellowship program develops the fellow’s teaching skills. These include presentations in small and large conferences and individual one-on-one sessions with residents and students. All of the faculty strongly encourage and aide the fellows in developing these presentations. This includes helping the fellow to acquire a method to present material whether it is via PowerPoint format or another format involving slides.
The CCM fellow will be skilled in dealing with all types of individuals that they come into contact with in the Intensive Care Units, not only the attending physicians, but also families, consultants, and others, including ancillary and support services. A considerable amount of time spent by the CCM physicians is consumed in the daily interactions with the many people involved in each patient’s care. Excellent communication skills are honed and developed during the training.
The fellowship program allows fellows to develop skills in evaluating research projects and scientific papers. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical and lab studies during their fellowship year. It is expected that each fellow will be able to successfully complete at least one project worthy presentation and publication during the year of fellowship. Due to the broad base of faculty expertise, many opportunities exist for research projects and other scholarly activity. More information on the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine can be found on the ACGME website.