Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

The Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited training opportunity with two positions. The program is focused on the management of critically ill patients admitted to our intensive care units, as well as supervision and training of residents. Training takes place at two major teaching hospitals:

The Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California (KMC) is a 480 bed hospital and outpatient complex owned and operated by the University of Southern California and which serves as the university’s flagship quaternary referral medical center. Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine fellows will rotate on teams with a mix of residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and fellows from other disciplines including Pulmonary Critical Care, Surgical Critical Care, and Neurocritical Care. They will work as part of an attending-led, multi-disciplinary critical care team comprised of critical care board-certified Anesthesiologists, Surgeons, and Emergency Medicine specialists.

The LAC+USC Medical Center is a 600-bed inpatient, outpatient, and emergency facility which includes a 30 bed state-of-the-art surgical ICU. The complex and diverse patient population provides training in the management of trauma and the full spectrum of surgical specialties for adults and children as well as high risk obstetrics. The cardiothoracic ICU at LAC+USC Medical Center is a 10 bed unit with the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic options including mechanical circulatory support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Applicants will be asked to submit their current CV, USMLE, and ITE scores, 3 recommendation letters, and an evaluation of competency letter from their primary residency program director to the Department of Anesthesiology (Department) at USC.Fellows participate in multidisciplinary rounds and conferences. Participation in quality improvement projects and other scholarly activities are important components of the training program. Additionally, fellows meet several times per week with faculty to discuss the topics outlined in the ACGME’s curricular requirements for Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine.

The Department’s Division of Critical Care is composed of 10 full time faculty members, each of whom devotes at least 50 percent of their clinical time caring for patients in different ICU locations. Clinical services are provided at the LAC+USC Medical Center and Keck Hospital – both of which function as teaching sites.

Facilities

The fellowship is located at Keck Hospital of USC and the LAC+USC Medical Center.

Curriculum Outline

  • Cardiothoracic/Vascular ICU and Mechanical Circulatory Support ICU (4 months)
  • SICU (2 months)
  • Trauma ICU (1 month)
  • Medical ICU (1 month)
  • Neuro ICU (1 month)
  • Burn ICU (1 month)
  • Electives (2 months)

Current Fellows 2022-2023

Mahfuzul Majumdar (2nd year)

Michael Franczak

Steven Johnson

Eligibility/Application

Candidates should be eligible for a California medical license and have completed an ACGME-approved residency in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, OBGYN, or Surgery. Emergency Medicine-trained physicians completing this fellowship will complete a 2nd year per the agreement between ABA and ABEM in order to sit for the critical care board exams after the completion of the second year.

Anesthesiologists interested in pursuing dual ACCM and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (ACTA) fellowships, please make this selection on SFMatch (SF Match – Residency and Fellowship Matching Services) and also contact the Cardiac Anesthesia Program Director, Dr. Tara Humphrey.

Living in Los Angeles

Los Angeles California is the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States, a hub for entertainment and sports, an unmatched culinary scene, and a climate and geography offers something for everyone. In the winter, a sunrise surf followed by snowboarding in the afternoon is achieveable. In the autumn and spring, hike the Angeles National forest, Runyon Canyon, Griffith Park, or the Santa Monica mountains. In the summer, take the metro from downtown LA to the beach.

While the fellowship is centered around Keck Hospital and LAC+USC Medical Center, past fellows have chosen to live in a variety of areas of Los Angeles, from Pasadena to Hollywood to West LA. Los Angeles is made up of a large number of neighborhoods and regions, each with its own unique character, and so what matters most is finding one that matches your lifestyle and needs.

Contact

Interested individuals should contact:
Matthew Wiepking, MD
Program Director, Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
Associate Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support ICU
1450 San Pablo Street, Suite 3600
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Email: matthew.wiepking@med.usc.edu

Caroline Caldwell
Program Coordinator, Critical Care Medicine
1450 San Pablo Street, Suite 3600
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Email: caroline.caldwell@med.usc.edu