About the Program


The Department of Anesthesiology provides fellowship training in critical care medicine. The program accepts two candidates per year. We are looking for capable, energetic and enthusiastic candidates. Our program has a wealth of clinical material as highlighted below:
  • Forty-four surgical intensive care beds in University Hospital where advanced, complicated care is provided to trauma, burn, neurosurgical, vascular, general surgery, orthopedic and other subspecialty patients

  • At the adjacent Ross Heart Hospital, we care for 30 universal beds, and 12-15 of these beds have critically ill patients at any time

  • We have very active programs in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)

  • Our new $750 million, 700-bed Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute adds to our intensive care mission

We have broad research opportunities in both basic science and clinical trials. The department has two principle investigators with NIH R-01 grants and now has over $4 million in research funding. We expect each candidate to complete a clinical research endeavor with a mentor.

The Department of Anesthesiology has five critical care anesthesiologists who work with seven critical care surgical intensivists to support the surgical critical care mission. Also, the department’s relationship with the College of Medicine is outstanding and one of the elective rotations will be in the medical intensive care unit.

Goals and Objectives

  • Patient care: The compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment of health problems and the promotion of health

  • Medical knowledge: Regarding established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognitive sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care 
     
  • Practice based learning and improvement (PBL): Involves investigation and evaluation of patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence and improvements in patient care
     
  • Interpersonal and communication skills: Result in effective communication information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and other health professionals
     
  • Professionalism: Manifested through commitment to professional responsibilities, adhering to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations
     
  • Systems based practice (SBP): Manifested by actions demonstrating awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide optimal care

General Responsibilities

The fellows will achieve the following general goals during their one-year residency:
  • Successfully supervise daily activities of the junior members of the team
  • Develop and implement daily therapeutic plans for the critical care management of patients under their care in close collaboration with faculty and primary surgical services
  • Successfully design and implement independent clinical research projects or protocols under supervision and direction of the faculty
  • Become proficient at teaching residents and fourth year medical students during daily rounds in the surgical critical care unit
  • Maintain organization and administration of the critical care teaching conferences 
  • Successfully coordinate small group discussions during the third year medical student surgical clerkship dealing with perioperative management, cardiovascular physiology, shock and other areas related to critical care
  • Provide a high level of professionalism, interpersonal communication skills, ethical behavior and sensitivity to a diverse critically ill patient population and their families
In the ICUs, our fellows organize teaching/work rounds, formulate care plans, and facilitate communication between the ICU team and surgical services, consultative services, and family members. Our fellows serve as instructors for residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, and nursing staff. This includes formal CME-approved presentations, simulation sessions, and educational conferences throughout the year. Fellows also serve as instructors for Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) and our nationally-recognized Critical Care Skills Week which exposes junior medical students to topics in anesthesiology and critical care. All fellows will also have an administrative responsibility within the fellowship (e.g., scheduling, journal club, morbidity and mortality).

Curriculum

The teaching curriculum includes daily didactic sessions that consist of lectures, research conferences and studios, quality improvement training, echo lecture and case review, journal clubs, mortality and morbidity conferences, board preparation, and many others. Fellows will participate in ‘boot camp’ sessions for topics such as critical care ultrasound, ECMO, and ICU procedures. In addition, all fellows will gain ATLS training if needed. Fellows participate in a defined echocardiography curriculum for diagnosis and guidance of therapy in critically ill patients and will gain proficiency in applications of ultrasound to include but not limited to the FATE, FAST, VTE assessment, lung and pleural examinations. Fellows also participate in monthly simulation training at Vanderbilt’s cutting-edge Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA).

Fundamental Critical Care Knowledge

The fellows will acquire advanced critical care knowledge and skills during their training, including:
  • Cardiorespiratory resuscitation: Physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neurologic, endocrine, musculoskeletal and immune systems as well as infectious diseases
  • Metabolic, nutritional and endocrine effects of critical illness
  • Hematologic and coagulation disorders
  • Critical obstetric and gynecologic disorders
  • Trauma, thermal, electrical and radiation injuries
  • Inhalation and immersion injuries
  • Monitoring and medical instrumentation
  • Critical pediatric surgical conditions
  • Pharmacokinetics and dynamics of drug metabolism and excretion in critical illness
  • Ethical and legal aspects of surgical critical care
  • Principles and techniques of administration and management
  • Biostatistics and experimental design

Rotations

Core rotations for the fellowship include the CVICU, SICU, NCU, Trauma ICU, Burn ICU, VA-SICU, and ECHO/Ultrasound rotation with additional elective months. The fellowship program offers a diverse array of electives such as intraoperative TEE, MICU, PICU, palliative care, medical subspecialties (e.g., nephrology, infectious disease, and cardiology), nutrition, and the Medical Examiner's Office. Fellows who have academic interests are strongly encouraged to use elective time to develop and pursue clinical or basic science investigations and are expected to present their work at national conferences. Additionally, the Vanderbilt International Anesthesiology (VIA) program provides anesthetic and critical care services to poorly-served countries around the world, including Central America (Guatemala), East Africa (Kenya and Somalia), South Africa (Botswana), and West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria). Fellows may take one elective month to participate in VIA which presents opportunity for trainees to experience the challenges and rewards of practicing and educating in the developing world.

Specific Critical Care Skills

The fellows will acquire and demonstrate competence in the following specific critical care skills during training, including:
  • Respiratory: Airway management, including endoscopy and management of respiratory systems
  • Circulatory: Invasive and noninvasive monitoring techniques, including transesophageal and precordial cardiac ultrasound and application of transvenous pacemakers; computations of cardiac output, and of systemic and pulmonary vascular resistance; monitoring electrocardiograms and management of cardiac assist devices
  • Neurological: Perform complete neurological examinations; use intracranial pressure monitoring techniques of the electroencephalogram to evaluate cerebral function; application of hypothermia in the management of cerebral trauma
  • Renal: Evaluation of renal function; periotoneal dialysis and hemofiltration; knowledge of the indications and complications of hemodialysis
  • Gastrointestinal: Utilization of gastrointestinal intubation and endoscopic techniques in the management of the critically ill patient; application of enteral feedings; management of stomas, fistulas and percutaneous catheter devices
  • Hematologic: Application of autotransfusion; assessment of coagulation status; appropriate use of component therapy
  • Infectious disease: Classifications of infections and application of isolation techniques; pharmacokinetics, drug interactions and management of antiobiotic therapy during organ failure; nosocomial infections; indications for application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nutritional: Application of parenteral and enteral nutrition; monitoring and assessing metabolism and nutrition
  • Monitoring/bioengineering: Use and calibration of transducers, amplifiers and recorders
  • Miscellaneous: Use of special beds for specific injuries, employment of pneumatic antishock garments, traction and fixation devices
  • Conclusively demonstrate his or her ability to manage critically ill patients on their own in a safe, effective, collaborative manner

Research Opportunities

All fellows will be required to complete collaborative institutional (CITI) review board training in the first 90 days of the fellowship. 
  • Purines and pyrimadines (under the leadership of Fievos L. Christofi, PhD)
  • Cardiovascular anesthesiology (Mark A. Gerhardt, MD, PhD)
  • Glucose control and monitoring, and its relation to wound healing; topics in infection control epidemiology (Thomas J. Papadimos, MD, MPH)
  • Neuroscience monitoring and outcomes (Sergio D. Bergese, MD)

Application Process

Selection process

Critical care anesthesiology fellows are selected from an applicant pool of candidates currently meeting criteria for post-residency subspecialty training in anesthesiology or anticipated to meet criteria for subspecialty training prior to initiation of the fellowship. These criteria include:
  • Satisfactory completion of an ACGME- or AOA-approved residency in anesthesiology
  • Eligibility for a license to practice medicine in Ohio
  • Passing score on USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Step 3
The selection committee, which is composed of the anesthesiology critical care faculty, reviews applications from candidates meeting these criteria and appropriate individuals are invited for interviews.

Prospective candidates must fulfill the requirements for appointment to the faculty of The Ohio State University as clinical instructor housestaff and to the medical staff of University Hospitals as a member of the limited medical staff. This includes the ability to obtain a training certificate or permanent medical license through the State Medical Board of Ohio. 

How to apply

To apply, use the San Francisco Match.

For any additional questions, contact Taylor Stein at Taylor.Stein@osumc.edu.
Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellows

Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellows

Luke Dong, MD

Dong adj portraitMD: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Tura Lencho, MD

LenchoAnesthesiology Residency: Detroit Medical Center
Past Fellows

2017 - 2018

Floria Chae, MD

2016 - 2017

Joshua Trester, MD

Stephan Sams, MD

2015 - 2016

Andrew Christopher, MD

2014 - 2015

Amar Bhatt, MD

Kathleen Marzluf, MD

2013 - 2014

Jonathan Houser, MD
Residency: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Prabhav Patil, MD
Residency: Rush University Medical Center

2012 - 2013

Daniel Cozadd, DO
Residency: Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center
   
Andrew Springer, MD
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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