Critical Care Medicine

Currently accepting applications for the 2016–2017 years!

The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship consists of one year (clinical) or two years (combined clinical and research) of postgraduate training after satisfactory completion of a residency program in anesthesiology. The fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program has five fellowship positions each year.

The Critical Care Medicine fellowship at UAB is at the epicenter of a rapidly growing and cutting-edge critical care enterprise. While UAB Critical Care has always excelled in education and clinical training, we have created new opportunities for fellows to gain invaluable knowledge and experience in a variety of areas. Additionally, as of academic year 2013, we have expanded our number of positions to five from three, allowing us to give fellows more scheduling flexibility and learning opportunities.

Since the late 1990s, the Department of Anesthesiology has had primary directorship of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a 20-bed facility that opened in 2004 during UAB's North Pavilion expansion, which made it the fourth largest hospital in the United States. The SICU serves not only the citizens of Birmingham and Alabama, but patients from the Southeast region and beyond. The SICU team is a multidisciplinary collaboration between various surgical services, Neurology and Obstetrics. The SICU faculty is dedicated to fellows' education, research, and clinical maturity. Following the mantra of "high tech, high touch," the SICU faculty and staff have received many accolades for unique, patient-centered initiatives.

We are pleased to announce the expansion of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the opening of our new Neurology/Neurosurgery intermediate care unit. The Neurocare ICU service is staffed by anesthesiologists/intensivists who have specialized training in the intricacies of neurosurgical and neurologic diseases and employ the latest technologies to treat them. They work very collaboratively with the departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology to deliver the highest possible quality of care. Fellows who rotate in the NICU will learn from some of the best minds in the field.

UAB critical care fellows will rotate in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CICU). The CICU consists of 24 beds, and the faculty and staff work collaboratively with UAB's Heart and Vascular Center, the Advanced Heart Failure Center, and the heart and lung transplantation programs to provide highly complex, patient-oriented care. Furthermore, the CICU faculty has developed a robust and dynamic curriculum designed to maximize learning and also allow for detailed bedside teaching and acquistion of valuable procedural skills.

One of the most valued clinical and educational experiences at UAB is the pediatric intensive care unit rotation at Children's of Alabama (COS), the state-of-the-art Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, which opened in August 2012 and is the third largest hospital for children's quaternary care facility in the country. UAB critical care fellows have consistently ranked the faculty as among the best for their dedication to patient care and fostering a rich learning environment. COS critical care patients include those who required solid organ transplantation and repair of severe congenital heart defects, as well as critically ill children from across the country. The new facility has a general critical care unit in addition to one especially for cardiovascular patients. Also, COS has a robust simulation program, adding to an unparalleled learning experience.

In addition, we are very excited to announce that UAB has formed a perioperative surgical home at our UAB Highlands facility. The UAB Perioperative Surgical Home (UABPSH) physicians provide critical care to both medical and surgical patients as well as comprehensive care for general orthopedic and surgical patients on the inpatient ward. Fellows who select a rotation at the UABPSH will gain invaluable experience in a setting that is at the forefront of anesthesiology and critical care medicine. The UABPSH will elevate our practice and make the perioperativist indispensible to surgical care and will likely be a practice model that other similar institutions will emulate. 

UAB's fundamental goal is to be the preferred academic medical center for patients and their families. Our growth and forward-thinking approach to the challenges and opportunities for the future will give our fellows a distinct advantage as our practice evolves.

David W. Miller, M.D.
Program Director

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Applicant Information