Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

The University of Florida Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is designed to expose fellows to a variety of critical care medicine cases through UF Health Shands Hospital & the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Critical care medicine fellows in a simulation

In addition to the varied and complex clinical cases we see at UF Health, the UF Department of Anesthesiology offers chances for clinical and basic science research. Fellows can also specialize with our Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) track, culminating in obtaining an Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Adult ECMO Certification.

Our anesthesiology critical care medicine program is available to board-eligible or certified anesthesiologists, surgeons, and emergency medicine physicians. We have partnered with the UF Department of Emergency Medicine and received American Board of Anesthesiology approval for a two-year training program in critical care for emergency physicians. We also offer a two-year Adult Combined Cardiothoracic and Critical Care (CTCC) Fellowship.

Mission Statement

Our program’s mission is to prepare fellows for independent practice in any general or specialized ICU by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to manage high-acuity patients.


Program Goals & Objectives

Our program’s aims are encompassed in the following goals and objectives.

  1. Expand and apply medical knowledge through scholarship, as measured by the number of publications, presentations, and other documented contributions.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Facilitate each fellow’s participation in basic, applied, or clinical outcomes research.
      • Ensure that each fellow contributes to the specialty in a documentable way, including, but not limited to presentations at local, regional, national, or international conferences, peer-reviewed journal publications, peer-reviewed online educational or research platforms such as the Anesthesia Toolbox, and participation in educational activities for the community, medical professionals and patients.
  2. Ensure that fellows are well-prepared to treat our community’s diverse patient population with the latest advances in management of care for critically ill patients, as measured by Board certification rates at or above the national average.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Provide a comprehensive clinical and didactic training program caring for patients with an extensive selection of comorbidities across a variety of intensive care settings.
      • Provide didactic and experiential training in pain management in the critical care setting, including recognition of the signs of addiction.
  3. Establish in our fellows a culture of patient safety and quality improvement as measured by documented fellow contributions to departmental and/or institutional patient safety and quality improvement efforts.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Facilitate each fellow’s involvement in specific, measurable patient safety/quality improvement initiatives.
      • Provide each fellow with training on root cause analysis.

These goals have allowed our fellows to maintain a pass rate that exceeds the national average on the Anesthesiology Critical Care In-Training Exam and the Critical Care Board Exam.


Each rotation unit has a team consisting of a certified CCM attending physician as well as the fellow, residents, and extenders.

As a fellow, you are responsible for the minute-to-minute management of the patients. This includes direct hands on care and procedures as well as supervision and delegation of responsibility to the other team members. You are also responsible for keeping the attending and admitting services aware of their patients’ current clinical situation.

Each rotation is 28 days and includes at least one weekend and several days off.

Elective Rotations

  • Airway
  • Infectious Disease
  •  International Medicine (Pending COVID-19 travel restrictions)
  • Medical ICU
  • Nephrology
  • Neuro Critical Care Consult
  •  Neuro ICU
  •  Nutrition
  • Palliative Care
  • Research
  • Transplant – Infectious Disease
  • Transplant – Liver
  •  Ultrasound

ICU Rotations

  • Burn ICU
  • Cardiac Surgery ICU
  • ECMO/Thoracic/Lung Transplant ICU
  • General Surgery ICU/Liver Transplant
  • Trauma ICU
  • Vascular ICU
Critical care medicine fellow practicing airway techniques

Fellow Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Professional development allowance
  • 15 paid vacation days/year
  • 5 paid days of sick leave/year
  • 5 paid education/meeting days
  • Holiday leave as allotted by schedule
  • Free medical insurance for employee & family
  • Long-term disability & life insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Gatorbites meal program
  • Baby Gator on-site day care
  • Student debt counseling
  • Confidential counseling

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