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Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program is one of the largest in the United States. It is located in the epicenter of health care, the TMC, in which more than 60,000 people are employed in world-renowned hospitals. Fellows in this program are exposed to every resource at these elite facilities. The critical care team consists of physicians, ethicists, pharmacists, dieticians, physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates, advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants and quality improvement analysts. Critical care practitioners are engaged in nationwide initiatives (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Quality Improvement (QI), and Clinical Ethics) with one common mission: care for patients who experience life-threatening complications, which can result from surgical and medical interventions.

The faculty of our department will help you develop the clinical judgment and skills necessary to excel as a practicing intensivist. We support innovative ideas in our training that are directed at improving the quality of patient care. We encourage you to become a part of the unique opportunities available in all three aspects of critical care medicine: clinical practice, research and education. Our faculty will challenge your experience just as the patients in critical care challenge us. We will strive to instill the necessary skills, clinical judgment, medical ethics, teamwork, professionalism and compassion required to become a well-diversified practitioner in critical care medicine. Together we can serve as the architects of intensivist training in the United States.

Gregory Botz, M.D., Professor & Fellowship Program Director
Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, Department of Anesthesiology

Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units

ICU Fellowship Rotation

The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through outstanding integrated programs in patient care, research, education and prevention. Our vision is to be the premier cancer center in the world, based on the excellence of our people, our research-driven patient care and our science. Together, We are Making Cancer History.

U.S. News & World Report ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center #2 among comprehensive cancer hospitals in the United States. As a world-renowned center, it is our commitment to provide the best care; as a department, we are dedicated to supporting the mission and vision by advancing critical care medicine as the leaders in multidisciplinary care. We seek to be the architects of intensivist staffing to address the importance of this discipline and how it can be used in cancer care and beyond.

The Department of Critical Care is committed to teamwork focusing on one common goal: treating the life-threatening complications that can result from the treatment of cancer. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at MD Anderson admits patients, both medical and surgical, who require a wide range of intensive monitoring. The ICU is a 52-bed unit staffed by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, patient advocates, respiratory therapists, chaplains, quality improvement analysts and various support staff. The technology is state of the art, and the staff is recruited based on the highest standards. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to work with an unrivaled group of surgical and medical specialists. Your collaboration with the primary teams, consultants and staff is essential in developing the tools necessary to deliver care of the highest quality.

Fellows in this program are exposed to an environment of education at MD Anderson beyond clinical practice. Our culture and values are rooted in 60 years of experience. We encourage you to become a part of the unique opportunities available in all aspects of critical care medicine: clinical practice, research and education. Our faculty will challenge your experience just as the patients in critical care challenge us. We will strive to instill the necessary skills, clinical judgment, medical ethics, teamwork, professionalism and compassion that is required to become a well-diversified practitioner in critical care medicine.

Fellowship Objectives

Your objectives as a fellow in this program will include but not be limited to diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening disorders, including single and multiple organ system dysfunction, life support, ventilator management, fluid and blood resuscitation, hemodynamic management, vasopressor and vasodilator therapy, difficult airway management and clinical and ethical decision-making processes.


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