Letter from Critical Care Fellowship Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our innovative ACGME accredited one-year critical care fellowship in Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine (ACCM). We are committed to providing the highest quality training and education in multiple specialized surgical critical care units and provide a depth and breadth of experience found few places else. Our goal is to train and qualify the future leaders, educators and innovators in Critical Care.      

Your clinical experience will include rotations through Surgical, Burn, Cardiovascular and Neuro ICU’s at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a mixed surgical ICU at the Tennessee Valley VA. Our elective rotations include Trauma, Medical, Pediatric ICU and non-ICU electives include Echo/TEE (basic certification exam after fellowship), radiology, nutrition, nephrology, cardiology and ID, amongst others. We also provide you with an exciting opportunity to travel to Kijabe Hospital in Kenya to participate in critical care education and skill building within the Vanderbilt International Anesthesia program.

The Vanderbilt University Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine fellowship has a strong didactic component which includes all of the following and more:  pathophysiology; journal clubs; evidenced based case presentations, morbidity and mortality conferences, hands –on courses (TEE, U/S, ventilator management etc.) and simulation. We strive to provide fellows with insights and skills to manage ICU environments and develop skills to do quality improvement projects which impact outcomes in the ICU.

Our fellows are expected to complete at least one academic project with a faculty mentor during their fellowship year. Our faculty are willing to facilitate this research process with a variety of different research ideas and ongoing projects. A fellow can also pursue an advanced research degree by doing a second year to complete a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI). This is a master’s program designed to pair young investigators with established mentors to further education in statistical analysis and clinical trial design.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Dr. Liza Weavind, MD, FCCM

Program Director VU ACCM

 For additional information, please contact the fellowship program director, Dr. Liza Weavind, via the fellowship coordinator, Kimberly Palmiter by phone at 615-936-7616 or by email at kim.palmiter@vanderbilt.edu.


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