Critical Care Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in our Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (CCM) fellowship program.

This program offers two, 1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship positions in Critical Care Medicine for anesthesiology-trained applicants. Additional, we are approved to consider fellow applicants trained in emergency medicine for a 2-year Critical Care Medicine fellowship. Our program is participating in the SOCCA Fellowship Match through SF Match utilizing the Centralized Application Service. All anesthesiology department fellowships, including the Critical Care Fellowship, will have a start date of August 1st. Please let us know if you have questions/concerns.

For more information, please contact us at apomfellowships

The mission of the Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship at OHSU is to provide a comprehensive critical care education to develop fellows into excellent clinicians with the skills to build fulfilling careers that include the expertise to care for a wide variety critically ill patients. We strive to provide this training in an inclusive and collegial educational environment where trainee well-being and professional development are prioritized and in alignment with the institution’s aims of “healing, teaching and discovery.”

The Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship program aims to:

  1. Provide a diverse, well-rounded clinical experience that includes both subspecialty-surgical ICU (cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, and general surgery) and specialty-medical (neurologic, cardiac, and general medical) ICU patient populations, and which emphasizes the life-long learning skills required to maintain competency in all areas of critical care medicine. 
  2. Provide the opportunities for proficiency in critical care ultrasound and critical care echocardiography that will help develop leaders in critical care ultrasound. 
  3. Encourage and support an environment of educational, clinical, and quality improvement/patient safety scholarship among fellows and critical care faculty.
  4. Educate critical care fellows in managing goals-of-care conversations that provide patient-value aligned care.
  5. Strive to educate fellows in a culture that values community, interconnectedness, wellness and self-care, and self-efficacy in the challenging field of critical care medicine, as well as educate fellows in ways to create and sustain this culture for themselves and their peers.

To help accomplish these aims, the OHSU Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine fellowship offers trainees the opportunity to learn critical care in a variety of general and specialized high-volume, high-acuity ICUs.  Core rotations adhere to ABA and ACGME guidelines and are done in the Cardiovascular ICU, Neurosciences ICU, Medical ICU, and the VA Surgical ICU.  ICU electives in the Pediatric and the Trauma/General Surgical ICUs are also available. An ICU elective at our community hospital partner, Tuality HealthCare, is also available and is a mixed medical-surgical critical care experience. Critical care education is enhanced with other elective rotations tailored to the interests of the individual fellow. Some of the more popular elective opportunities include nephrology, radiology, palliative care, scholarly activity/research, medical ethics, echocardiography, and ICU/Hospital administration. Research opportunities abound in our department, which ranks highly in the country for NIH funding. 

Multidisciplinary critical care didactic conferences occur on a daily basis for the first six weeks of the academic year, then weekly for the remainder of the year.  Monthly conferences include a topic-centered presentation and a journal club. Our ultrasound training program is growing and currently includes 3, 3-4 hour blocks of training during the first 6 months, weekly TEE review with the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia fellowship, every-other-week echo review conference with our cardiology department, in addition to the availability of daily ultrasound scanning and image review. Our goal is to graduate critical care physicians competent in critical care ultrasound.  

Our department plays a significant role in Critical Care Medicine at OHSU.  We are a 501 bed hospital and have 80 adult ICU beds in total with four adult ICUs at the University hospital:

  • 26 bed Cardiovascular unit         
  • 17 bed Trauma/General Surgery unit      
  • 17 bed Neurosurgical unit         
  • 17 bed Medical ICU  

All of our core units operate as closed-type ICUs, with emphasis on multidisciplinary and collaborative care. As OHSU is the ultimate referral center for Oregon and several neighboring regions, exposure to high acuity and clinically complex case material is abundant. There are two additional ICUs at our affiliated VA Hospital and one at our community hospital partner, Tuality HealthCare.  

Portland is a beautiful city which holds many attractions.  Located near mountains and beaches, many consider this to be a perfect place to live.  The city has art, culture, and all the amenities of much larger cities, while maintaining easy access to outdoor activities and a high quality of life.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Ryan J. Fink, M.D.
Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Program Director

Prospective fellows

To apply, please complete the application submission form through SF Match. Included in your SF Match Application should be:

  • Application form 
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (including one from your residency program director)

Additionally, please arrange for the submission of:

  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcripts (unofficial/copies accepted)
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX scores (unofficial/copies accepted)

Please send these application materials to:

APOM Fellowship Applications

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Education office at (503) 494-4878.

Title IX compliance

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