Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
UF Emergency Medicine


Overview of Program

The Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Critical Care supports a critical care fellowship for interested Emergency Medicine trained physicians. The primary teaching facility is at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. The fellowship is multi-disciplinary with curriculum consisting of surgical, medical, neurosurgical, burn, and cardiovascular ICUs.

Mission and Vision

Our program’s mission is to expose fellows to a variety of critical care medicine cases through multiple, highly specialized Intensive Care Units, and thereby provide the impetus for basic science and research along with experiential learning that leads to the growth and development of fellows who become board certified intensivists and leaders of ICUs throughout the world.

Goals and Objectives

This program exists to develop well-rounded Emergency Medicine Intensivists capable of treating critically ill patients with any variety of pathophysiology. Our program’s aims are encompassed in the following goals and objectives.

  1. Expand and apply medical knowledge through scholarship, as measured by the number of publications, presentations, and other documented contributions.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Facilitate each fellow’s participation in basic, applied, or clinical outcomes research.
      • Ensure that each fellow contributes to the specialty in a documentable way, including, but not limited to presentations at local, regional, national, or international conferences, peer-reviewed journal publications, peer-reviewed online educational or research platforms such as the Anesthesia Toolbox, and participation in educational activities for the community, medical professionals and patients.
  2. Ensure that fellows are well-prepared to treat our community’s diverse patient population with the latest advances in management of care for critically ill patients, as measured by Board certification rates at or above the national average.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Provide a comprehensive clinical and didactic training program caring for patients with an extensive selection of comorbidities across a variety of intensive care settings.
      • Provide didactic and experiential training in pain management in the critical care setting, including recognition of the signs of addiction.
  3. Establish in our fellows a culture of patient safety and quality improvement as measured by documented fellow contributions to departmental and/or institutional patient safety and quality improvement efforts.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Facilitate each fellow’s involvement in specific, measurable patient safety/quality improvement initiatives.
      • Provide each fellow with training on root cause analysis.

These goals have allowed our fellows to maintain a pass rate that exceeds the national average on the Anesthesiology Critical Care In-Training Exam and the Critical Care Board Exam.

Why Us?

This program provides the opportunity to learn in various ICU environments which enables the fellow to feel comfortable in any future job prospect.  Our graduates have accepted positions in many different environments and mixes (ICU/EM), academic and community, with the confidence to be medical directors after fellowship.

We also have an excellent opportunity for fellows who are interested in Neurocritical care.  After completing this program, fellows can extend fellowship for one year and obtain Neurocritical care training and examination for boards through a pathway created with Neurocritical care faculty here at UF.  If you are interested, please review the program at https://neurology.ufl.edu/education/fellowship-programs/neurocritical-care-fellowship-at-the-university-of-florida/.


Eligibility

Residency training in Emergency Medicine must be from an ACGME accredited program and completed by the time of matriculation. Applicants must be board-eligible or board certified. This program does not accept J-1 Visa applicants at this time. Once a letter of offer is extended, employment will be contingent on a positive result from a criminal background screening, procurement/maintenance of a Florida Medical License and ability to meet requirements for appointment as a Faculty member.


Key Curriculum Themes

The UF Department of Emergency Medicine co-sponsors this critical care fellowship with the Anesthesiology Department and is pleased to announce a critical care certification pathway. The University of Florida Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine program has received American Board of Anesthesiology approval for a two year training program in critical care for Emergency Physicians. This approval permits the emergency physicians that enter and complete this program entry into subspecialty critical care certification.

The first year of the program will consist of a typical ACGME Anesthesia CCM program that includes a multi-disciplinary model with a focus towards surgical intensive care (trauma, burn, transplant, orthopedic, vascular, ENT, urology, cardiothoracic). A significant time is also spent in a 30 bed neurosurgical intensive care unit (status epilepticus, stroke, neurosurgical diseases). The second year gives the fellows a multi-disciplinary opportunity to expand the intensive care experience with added time in a medical intensive care unit, electives, and research. During the second year the fellows are also given time in the ED to ease the transition into a well rounded ED-Critical Care physician. During this time, the fellows are ideally suited to improve coordination between the ED and ICU, as well as enhance ED care, system/protocol implementation, and education in critical care. We also work closely with our trauma/surgical colleagues who have Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowships.

For brief descriptions of the second year rotations, please see https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/wordpress/files/2020/01/ICU-Rotations.pdf.


Clinical Responsibility

The fellows in this program are appointed as post doctorate clinical associates in the Department of Emergency Medicine for their second year. They have a core clinical commitment of 432 hours working as Attending Physicians in one of the four UF Health Gainesville Emergency Departments over the course of their second fellowship year. Options for additional hours with extra pay available.


Salary and Benefits

2022-2023 Housestaff Annual Stipends

PGY 4 – $64,577.00

PGY 5 – $67,271.00

PGY 6 – $70,060.00

PGY 7+ – $72,682.00

Benefits

Generous stipend for academic enhancement and conference attendance/presentations.

GatorBites meal program.

Four weeks of paid vacation.

Fellows are employed by the University of Florida College of Medicine and are considered to be PGY4-7+ housestaff for salary and benefit purposes. Please see the Housestaff Benefits webpage for more information on insurance, retirement plan, leave policy, malpractice insurance, and additional services included.

Ample moonlighting opportunities within the UF Health system at the Main ED, Pediatric ED and two freestanding EDs (Springhill and Kanapaha) for additional income, all covered by malpractice insurance and sovereign immunity.


Application Process

This fellowship program participates in the SF Match. Applications should be submitted using the Anesthesia Application process. Applications should include three letters of recommendation (one from the resident program director if currently a resident), the applicant’s CV and a personal statement (not to exceed one page). After the Match, please follow instructions on the Anesthesia website and submit documents as instructed. We do not routinely offer fellowship spots in surgery or medicine pathways, but are working to incorporate these into the models described below from the individual organizations (ABS, ABIM, ABEM). Any questions regarding applying can be directed to our fellowship program coordinator below.

Applications may only be submitted until April 15, 2022. Results are announced through the SF Match system in early June 2022.


Program Faculty and Staff

Program Director

Rohit P Patel

Rohit P Patel M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor; Associate Chief, Division Of Critical Care Medicine; Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Critical Care Fellowship; Co-Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit; Director, Critical Care Ultrasound, Surgical ICU

Other Program Faculty

Torben K Becker

Torben K Becker M.D., Ph.D., RDMS, FAWM, FAEMS

Associate Professor, Chief – Division Of Critical Care Medicine, Director – Global Health Programs, Program Director – Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Associate Program Director – EMS Fellowship, Director – Prehospital Research
Casey T Carr

Casey T Carr M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor; Director, Emergency Critical Care Education

Adjunct Program Faculty

Marie-Carmelle Elie

Marie-Carmelle Elie M.D., RDMS, FACEP, FCCM

Adjunct Professor
Travis W Murphy

Travis W Murphy M.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Division Of Critical Care Medicine
Kevin K Wang

Kevin K Wang Ph.D.

Professor & Program Director NNBR

OPS Program Faculty

Kruti Shah

Kruti Shah M.D.

OPS Professional Faculty

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Zach Frey

Zach Frey

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: (352) 733-1473

Graduated, Current, and Incoming Fellows

  • 2010-2012
    Rohit Patel, MD (now: University of Florida CCM Program Director)
  • 2011-2013
    David McConoughey, DO (now: University Hospitals St. John Medical Center)
  • 2012-2013
    Nathan Gilmore, MD (now: Hoag Hospital)
  • 2012-2014
    Ali Dabaja, DO (now: Beaumont Hospital)
    Brian Shippert, DO (now: Mount Nittany Medical Center)
  • 2013-2014
    Ahsan Janoo, MD (now: Chino Valley Medical Center)
  • 2014-2016
    Irina Brennan, MD, PhD (now: Inova Alexandria Hospital)
    Sean Lee, MD (now: Wellstar Hospitals)
  • 2015-2017
    Kenechukwu Chukwuanu, MD (now: SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital)
  • 2017-2019
    Karina Bartlett, MD (now: CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System)
  • 2018-2020
    Caleb Harrell, MD (now: Summa Health)
    Kruti Shah, MD (now: University of Florida OPS CCM Faculty)
  • 2018-2021
    Bárbara Flores González, MD (now: University of Florida Jacksonville)
  • 2019-2021
    Abdulaziz Alburaih, MD (now: University of Florida Jacksonville)
    Casey Carr, MD (now: University of Florida CCM Faculty)
    Adnan Javed, MD (now: University of Florida Jacksonville)
  • 2020-2021
    Travis Murphy, MD – Surgery CCM (now: University of Miami Health System)
  • 2020-2022
    John Bruno, MD (now: University of Florida Neurocritical Care Supra-Fellow/Faculty)
    Nicolas Segal, MD, PhD (now: AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery)
  • 2021-2023
Beulah D Castor

Beulah D Castor M.D.

CCM Fellow 2021-23
Terrance Creighton

Terrance Creighton M.D.

CCM Fellow 2021-23
  • 2022-2024
Manuel E Borobia

Manuel E Borobia M.D.

CCM Fellow 2022-24
Hady Khalifa

Hady Khalifa M.D.

CCM Fellow 2022-24
Pooja Mysore

Pooja Mysore M.D.

CCM Fellow 2022-24

Additional Information

Anesthesia Pathways

Surgery Pathway

Medicine Pathway