Critical Care Medicine  

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. Positions are filled start training in the summer (July 1, 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 a matching program.  Our fellowship positions are very competitive. We require that you complete and submit all of the following before your application will be reviewed:


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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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: Ann Weinacker, M.D.

Administrative Assistant: La Toya King 650-721-3068
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine                                                
Stanford University School of Medicine, M121-L
Stanford , California 94305-5119



Applicants currently finishing an Anesthesia residency can consider applying for one of  2 options:

  1. One-year Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Fellowship: The ABA allows for a fellowship year after completing the CA-3 year at an approved anesthesia program. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply.
    The Anesthesia CCM programs in the United States have agreed to participate in a Match Program administered by the San Francisco Matching Program. Applicants for the 1 year CCM fellowship are REQUIRED to apply through this program. Their website for this match went live in September 2013. The timeline for our next match is as follows:

  2. Nov 1, 2014 Applicant Registration begins for SF Match
    Nov 3, 2014 Stanford Anesthesia CCM accepting applications
    Mar 4, 2015 Deadline for Stanford Anesthesia CCM application
    May 21, 2015 Rank list submission deadline for applicants (12 pm PST)
    May 28, 2015 Results released to programs + applicants
  3. Two year Critical Care and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowships: Two years of training done after completing the CA3 year at an approved anesthesia program. Both Critical Care Medicine and Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowships are completed.

    Note: The Combined CCM and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowships are NOT currently in the Match as a single program. Applicants interested in both fellowships must apply through both matching processes.

    Please contact Karlee Joice (650-736-6928) to apply to the adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology (ACTA) program.  Please be sure to check the 'combined' box on your SOCCA application when submitting to ACCM if you desire to do the ACCM fellowship first. The ACTA fellowship is required to use the Central Application Service (CAS) system for application submission and is separate from the ACCM program application process. (The ACTA process uses a system where all supporting documents are sent to the SF Match for distribution. The ACCM uses SF Match for the matching process only, i.e., you must send supporting documents to each program in which you are interested.)   Instructions for the CAS can be found on the SF match ACTA website under the ACTA fellowship. If you wish to start with the ACTA fellowship, please indicate that you are also interested in the ACCM program.

ANESTHESIOLOGY CCM for Emergency Medicine physicians and Surgeons

ABA-EM 2 year ACCM Fellowship
Candidates having completed Emergency Medicine training will need to complete a 2 year ACCM fellowship to satisfy the requirements of the ACEP and their agreement with the ABA. Those who have completed both EM and Medicine residency programs are encouraged to apply through our Med CCM program above. Please apply through the SF Match in accordance with the above listed dates. Those who have completed both EM and Internal Medicine residency programs are encouraged to apply through our Med CCM program above.

Applicants who are finishing Surgery residency training, as well as senior Surgery residents (after 3 yrs of training) are permitted by the American Board of Surgery to receive CCM training in an approved Anesthesia CCM fellowship program for 1 year.

ACCM Application Review Process and Interview Schedule
12/4/2014:  Applications will start being reviewed on a rolling process.  All materials (including recommendation letters) will need to be submitted in order for applications to be reviewed. 
2/2/2015 – 5/8/2015:  Stanford Anesthesia CCM Interview Period.  We will make every effort to to coordinate Combined ACCM and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia applicants interview dates.  *Note that Cardiac Match is later than CCM so combined candidates are encouraged to submit applications for review early during the application process

We are happy to be a part of the SF Match and will follow all SF guidelines.  Please review qualifying exceptions for candidates stated by SOCCA.  These exceptions will be followed.  Out of the match positions vary and may not be available.  Out of the match spots will only be granted if positions are available and candidates are unable to apply through the match (military) or meet a Match exception.  Please note, even if you meet a “match exception” you must still apply through SF Match before your application will be reviewed.

  • The Critical Care Fellowship at Stanford has been in existence for 39 years
  • 100% of our fellows who desire an academic Critical Care Medicine career have secured a teaching position after fellowship, which represents over 64% of the Anesthesia fellows that we have trained
  • There are 4 current Anesthesia chairs (Stanford University, University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, Emory University.) who are graduates of our CCM program

Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Program Director: Drew Patterson, M.D.

Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Associate Program Director: Erin Hennessey, M.D.

Send your Anesthesia CCM application materials to:

Administrative Assistant: Bernadett Mahanay 650-723-6415
Anesthesia CCM Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive, Rm H3583
Stanford , California 94305-5640

NOTE: Applicants to the combined Anesthesia/Medicine Residency program should apply through the ERAS Matching program. This combined Residency program will have a different NRMP # from the Stanford Anesthesia Residency program.


Anesthesia CCM fellowship applicants are asked to submit the following items:

  1. Downloadable SOCCA application form
  2. Personal statement should be included on the SOCCA application
  3. a current CV
  4. a copy of medical school diploma
  5. a copy of Dean's letter
  6. a copy of medical school transcript
  7. 3 original letters of recommendation (include letter from program director of residency)
  8. copies of actual USMLE scores
  9. copies of ITE (In Training Exam) scores
  10. ± ECFMG certificate
  11. ± translations of any of the before-mentioned items
  12. copies of any publications

NOTE: emailed documents are preferred and must be scanned, we will not accept photos taken of documents.



New: 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 October 2012 beginning with the 2013 Match. (Note: This program has it's 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.
• Since our combined Anesthesia Residency-CCM Fellowship program was so similar (medicine internship plus up to 7 months of Medicine electives during residency) to this new program, but without the ability to be board-certified in Internal Medicine, we are planning to phase that program out in 2016.

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.


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