Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

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Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at OHSU. We are a collective of clinicians, clinician-educators, and physician-scientists united by our commitment to the next generation of clinical leaders. The majority of our successful applicants undertake a two-year fellowship having completed residency in Internal Medicine or Emergency Medicine. We also accept applications for one-year training from those who have already completed subspecialty fellowships.

Our Fellows spend the majority of their first year in the ICU, providing the highest quality patient care. They learn in a one-on-one apprenticeship with Attendings from various backgrounds - Pulmonary, Emergency, Anesthesia, Neurology, Surgery, and Cardiology. Fellows function in a supervisory role and are frequently recognized with teaching awards from Residents. Additionally, they are the code leaders and primary critical care consultants in the hospital.

Our ICUs attract a diverse case-mix of the sickest patients in the Pacific Northwest. Almost half of OHSU MICU admissions are transferred from other hospitals; more than half our ECMO patients are retrievals by our mobile ECMO team. Fellows gain hands-on experience with a multitude of advanced mechanical life support and care for unique patient populations like heart transplants, bone marrow transplants, liver transplants, and obstetric patients.

The second year of our Fellowship is personalized to career development. Many Fellows partner with clinician-scientist mentors and pursue research; the T32 training grant is available to support additional research training. Others elect more clinical time in subspecialty ICUs or ECMO. Some develop an educational focus: creating teaching portfolios and curricula. We are committed to helping Fellows reach their goals, however diverse they may be.

Our ideal applicant is one who joins our relentless pursuit for clinical excellence, who harnesses their excitement about critical care to propel themselves and the field forward, who possesses the self-drive to shape a productive second year whether in research, quality improvement, education, or subspecialty focus. It is also my personal hope that this applicant will feel a connection with Portland. That they will pick up new life experiences from this unassuming haven of eclectic hobbyists enclosed by surreal natural beauty.

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Ran Ran, MD (he/him)
Program Director

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Miranda Merrill, MD (she/her)
Assistant Program Director

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