Applying to the Critical Care Fellowship Program

Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Fellowship Positions are available to candidates who are Board eligible or certified in Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, OB/GYN and Emergency Medicine. Senior surgical residents may also apply with approval of the ABS. Applicants shall have, or be able to obtain, a California medical license prior to the start of their fellowship. All fellowship start dates are in the summer (July 1 and August 1).

The two ways to apply to the CCM Fellowship program are through the Anesthesia or Medicine track. All Medicine applicants must apply through ERAS, which coordinates the application process (not a match). Anesthesia CCM applicants must follow the instructions below regarding the SF application process and match. We require that you complete and submit all of the following before your application will be reviewed.


Pathway Descriptions and the Application Process

One Year ACCM Fellowship

Anesthesia applicants form approved anesthesia programs are eligible to apply to the one-year ACCM fellowship. The ACCM fellowship application process begins during the CA-2 academic year and the fellowship is scheduled to start following completion of CA-3 year. This program uses the SF Match program for both applications and matching. Interested applicants please see detailed application requirements below.

Dual 2 Year ACCM and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) Fellowships

This fellowship track involves two years of training after completing the CA3 year at an approved anesthesia program. Both ACCM and ACTA fellowships are completed over a two-year consecutive time frame. Both the ACTA and ACCM fellowships require use of the SF Match Central Application Service (CAS) system, which require separate application distribution fees. To assure applicants applying to our dual 2-year fellowship have a seamless experience, we have outlined the below application process:

Please see section below regarding interview process and ranking/matching process for more information regarding how this process is conducted for applicants applying to both programs.

If you have specific questions about the ACTA fellowship, please contact Haley Hickman at

ABA-EM 2-year ACCM Fellowship Applicants

Candidates having completed Emergency Medicine training and interested in our fellowship program through the Anesthesia-ABA pathway will apply for and complete a 2 year ACCM fellowship to satisfy the requirements of the ACEP and their agreement with the ABA. Please apply to our program following “One year ACCM fellowship” requirements, which includes applying to the SF Match in accordance to the above listed dates. Those who have completed both EM and Internal Medicine residency programs are encouraged to apply through our Med CCM program, which the application process can be found under MEDICINE CCM below.

Surgery and OB/GYN

Applicants who are finishing Surgery or OB/GYN residency training are permitted by their respective boards to receive CCM training in an approved ACCM fellowship program for 1 year. Please follow the application process and instructions outlined for the “One year ACCM Fellowship.”

ACCM Application Review Process and Interview Schedule for the One Year Fellowship

Timetable: 2019 Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship Match For 2020 Positions

November 1, 2018

SF Match Registration Begins: Please note that although registration is open until the rank list deadline, applicants are encouraged to register as early as possible to allow time for application and interviews.

November 1, 2018

Completed applications will start being reviewed on a rolling process. Your application will not be reviewed until all materials have been received via CAS.

December 17, 2018 – March 8, 2019

Stanford Anesthesia CCM Interview Period: Interview period (specific dates to be released with the interview offer via Thalamus [interview program]).  Interviews will be held on specific Mondays or Fridays).

February 6, 2019

Program application deadline.  Applicants must complete the requirements for application distribution.  Some programs accept applications at any time; others may set a deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact training programs for individual deadline dates.  

February 6, 2019

CAS target application deadline (last day to submit application for review).

May 21, 2019

Rank list deadline, 12:00 PM (noon) PST.

May 28, 2019

SF Match results released.

ACCM Application Process

The ACCM fellowship programs in the United States have agreed to participate in a Match administered by the San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match).  Anesthesia CCM fellowship applicants must submit all application documents via the SF Match Central Application System (CAS). The CAS distributes applications to fellowship training programs online. Applicants are required fill out a CAS application form, provide a set of required documents, and select programs for distribution. A separate fee, aside from the SF Match registration fee, is required for CAS distributions.

We will not offer match exceptions until February 28th, at the earliest, per SOCCA and SCA recommendations

Applicants are required to have the following documents in order to apply to programs via CAS

  • Complete and submit CAS application form (online);
  • Three letters of reference (One letter must be from a training Program Director or Chair and the others from objective physicians (with one preferably from an intensivist) who have direct personal knowledge of your skills and ethics;
  • Distribution list and payment.

Applicants invited to interview may be asked to provide the following documents separately to our review committee

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Color photo (jpg or png – high resolution)
  • ECFMG Certificate and visa information, (J1 only) if applicable

Applicants accepted into the program may be required to submit the following documents:

  • a copy of medical school diploma
  • a copy of Dean's letter and medical school transcript
  • translation of above mentioned items (if applicable)

NOTE: If asked to provide additional documents to be sent directly to the program, emailed documents are preferred and must be scanned, we will not accept photos taken of documents.

Schedule for Dual Fellowship Candidates

Dual 2-year applicants invited to interview will do so under the ACCM fellowship program (please see dates and descriptions above). We will coordinate the interview day to include faculty from both respective fellowships. Steps for applicants interested in both fellowships:

  • Apply through SF Match CAS to the ACCM fellowship program ONLY (as stated above)
  • Alert us to your interest in both fellowships (please send an email to us) once your application has been started using SF Match CAS
  • Applications will be reviewed by both the ACCM and ACTA review committees on a rolling basis
  • Interviews will be offered through the ACCM coordinator. Candidates invited to interview will have the following options (provided for flexibility):
    • Interview on one of the scheduled ACCM interview days (coordinators will schedule CCM interviews in the morning and ACTA interviews in the afternoon).  See above regarding interview timeline for ACCM.
    • If the above options do no work out with your, you can opt to interview with the ACTA fellowship program and we will coordinate CCM interviews on that day.  This day will not include the CCM overview/orientation or rounding in the ICU as would be scheduled on a standard ACCM interview day.
  • Candidates applying for both fellowships meet the SOCCA and SCA match exception criteria.  Once a match exception offer has been accepted by both the candidate and the program, we will work with the candidate to determine which fellowship will be completed first and how to proceed with the SF Match process.
  • Candidates that are not given a match exception process by the agreed upon SOCCA date (TBD) will receive an email from our program stating their options to proceed with applying/ranking single fellowship positions. The ACCM match occurs first and we encourage applicants to pursue this route.


Applicants currently finishing an Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, or Neurology residency may apply to our program, through ERAS, for one of the two following possibilities:

  • Candidates having completed Internal Medicine training may elect either a one year CCM Fellowship if they have either completed or plan to complete training in an approved medicine subspecialty, or a two year CCM Fellowship. One or the other alternative satisfies the requirements of the ABIM for CCM certification. Candidates having completed a Neurology residency complete 1 year as a CCM fellow as part of their subsequent Neurology CCM training program.
  • Candidates having completed Emergency Medicine training will need to complete a 2 year CCM fellowship to satisfy the requirements of the ACEP and their agreement with the ABIM.
  • Three-year Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Fellowship: Pulmonary Medicine programs across the country have been restructured to comply with Board requirements for one year of Critical Care Training in order to allow the candidate to become certified in both Pulmonary Medicine and CCM. At Stanford, this program will allow for a minimum of one year of Critical Care training in conjunction with Pulmonary Medicine subspecialty training. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through ERAS.

Medicine Critical Care Medicine Program Director: Paul Mohabir
Fellowship Coordinator: Elisa Hernandez (650-725-3098) 
Medicine Critical Care Fellowship 
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California 94305


Innovative Anesthesia - Medicine Integrated Residency Program!

Graduating medical students who are interested in a career as an Anesthesiologist - Internist are encouraged to apply to our combined Residency program approved by the ACGME in 2012 (Note: This program has its own separate match # and will be matched independently from the Stanford Anesthesia Residency match.)


  • The objective for the trainees choosing this innovative track is to increase their chances of succeeding in a career in Critical Care Medicine, having obtained complete training in both Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine.
  • It is expected that candidates for this program would primarily be interested in a career in Critical Care Medicine, though other careers objectives (e.g. Palliative Care Medicine, Perioperative Medicine, Preoperative Assessment Clinic) might be considered.

Details of the Anesthesia/ Medicine Combined Residency program

  • The combined program is 5 yrs long (including internship) to be board-eligible in both Anesthesia and Internal Medicine.
  • The internship year will be a full Medicine internship.
  • The rest of this combined program will follow a 6 mo pattern of Anesthesia rotations, followed by 6 mo of Medicine rotations. This approach will allow for a complete integration of the two fields.
  • After completion of this program, a 1 year CCM fellowship would provide board-eligibility in Critical Care Medicine.

If you have any questions about this new program, please contact Dr. Alex Macario, or Ms. Janine Roberts, 650-725-0337.