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Critical Care Track for Nephrology and Infectious Disease

To allow collaboration and pursuit of a multidisciplinary program, our 3 critical care track positions provide Nephrology and Infectious Disease fellows with a unique training experience.

Fellows will be accepted into the combined track, with some critical care training integrated into their first two years of their respective subspecialty. In the PGY-6 year, there will be a heavy focus on pure critical care training encompassing all aspects of intensive care medicine. 

Doctors working in cadaver lab

Rotation schedule

PGY-4

PGY-5

PGY-6

Medical ICU

6 weeks

6 weeks

4 blocks

Cardiovascular/

Thoracic ICU

2 blocks

Trauma ICU

1 block

Neurosurgical ICU

1 block

CCU

1 block

Anesthesiology

2 weeks

1 block

Elective

1 block

Nephrology/

ID Consults

2 blocks

Buddy daylight

weekend shifts

with PCCM fellow

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Orientation

Each fellow will participate in:

  • STAR Center Skills Lab Simulation - This is a one day course covering:
    • Central and arterial lines: Indications, contraindications, preparation, technique, complications and their management. 
    • Bronchoscopy: Integrating fundamental bronchoscopic techniques, gaining cognitive knowledge and clinical decision making skills.
    • Airway management: Provide practical, effective skills and strategies for intubation.
  • Cadaver Lab – The human cadaver lab in collaboration with our Anesthesia Residency Program augments their procedural experience in direct laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, chest tube placement, pigtails, perc trach and crics ensuring optimal hands-on training while providing confidence and ensuring patient safety. 
  • Ultrasound Course - Utilizing standardized patients, the fellow will perform critical care ultrasonography for Vascular - access and anatomy; Thoracic – pleural, lung and pneumothorax; Abdominal - ascites, bowel and bladder, renal; and Cardiac -image acquisition and interpretation. SonoSim equipment and modules are also available for portable, online ultrasound training. Additional ultrasound training sessions conducted in the MICU throughout the year will provide the fellow with competency in the performance of critical care ultrasonography. 

In addition, the Critical Care Track Fellows will be required to attend key lectures, MICU orientation, ventilator training and buddy calls.

ICU rotations

Medical ICU - Each fellow will have 6 months of MICU training, which encompass all aspects of critical care, including ARDS, PE, shock, respiratory failure, upper
and lower GI bleeds, liver failure, hematological/oncological emergencies,
toxic and metabolic disorders, and renal disorders. During these months,
fellows will learn conventional and unconventional modes of mechanical ventilation including, Bilevel, APRV, and PAV. As the fellow progresses their role will
become that of a Junior Attending leading MICU team rounds, rounding with a
physician extender, and reviewing plans with the attending physician. This
graduated responsibility provides the fellow more autonomous growth and
confidence in handling an ICU upon graduation.

Trauma- Fellows will rotate through our Trauma Unit which is a Level One Trauma
Center.  Fellows will learn primary and secondary surveys, respond to trauma codes with the trauma team, participate and lead trauma rounds, and perform critical care procedures.

Cardiovascular/thoracic ICU rotation - Fellows will gain experience with VA and VV ECMO, pulmonary artery catheters, mechanical devices, post-operative care of cardiothoracic patients, and the management of those patients admitted to the intensive care unit following coronary artery bypass graft surgery, valvular heart surgery, thoracic surgery, and solid organ transplant.

Neurosurgical ICU – AGH is a comprehensive stroke center and has a robust neurosurgical service.  6 of our current faculty members are also board-certified in Neuro-critical Care. The fellow will rotate daily with the neurosurgical and neurology team.

Anesthesiology

This rotation allows the fellow to gain airway skills in the non-emergent setting.  Skills include bag mask ventilation, LMA insertion, and endotracheal intubation with direct laryngoscopy and glidescope.

Conferences

multidisciplinary conferences
  • Core curriculum didactic lectures
  • Journal club
  • Critical care case conference
  • Physiology lecture
  • M&M case review and RCA conference
  • Critical care topic review
  • Critical care board review
  • Interactive clinical case series
  • Research quality improvement conference
  • Ventilator rounds