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



  1. One year ACCM fellowship: Applicants currently finishing an anesthesia residency are eligible to apply to the one-year ACCM fellowship: A fellowship year done after completing the CA-3 year at an approved anesthesia program. Interested applicants please see application requirements + downloadable application form below. The Anesthesia CCM programs in the United States have agreed to participate in a Match administered by the San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match). You are required to apply through the SF Match in addition to submitting your application materials to our program.
  2. Nov 2, 2015 Applicant Registration begins for SF Match
    Nov 2, 2015 Stanford Anesthesia CCM accepting applications
    Mar 3, 2016 Deadline for Stanford Anesthesia CCM Application Materials
    May 19, 2016 Rank list deadline, 12:00pm (noon) PDT
    May 26, 2016 SF Match results released
  3. Combined 2 year ACCM and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) 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 ACCM and ACTA Fellowships are NOT currently in the Matching program (Applicant must apply separately through both programs and SF matching processes). ACCM applicants can follow the application process above.

    Please contact Karlee Joice at to apply to the ACTA program. Please be sure to check the combined box on your SOCCA application when submitting to ACCM. 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. Instructions for the CAS can be found on the SF match website under the ACTA fellowship registration website.

  4. ABA-EM 2 year ACCM Fellowship Applicants: 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. 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 above.

  5. Applicants who are finishing Surgery or OB/GYN residency training, as well as senior Surgery residents are permitted by their respective boards to receive CCM training in an approved ACCM fellowship program for 1 year.

ACCM Application Review Process and Interview Schedule:

12/4/2015: Applications will start being reviewed on a rolling process. All materials (including LORs) will need to be submitted and received in order for applications to be reviewed.

2/1/2016 – 4/29/2016: Stanford Anesthesia CCM Interview Period. We will make a strong effort to coordinate Combined ACCM and ACTA applicants interview dates. *Note that the Cardiac SF 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.

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

Please send your completed ACCM application and materials to:

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

We strongly encourage applicants to email all application materials including letters of recommendation and will not accept photos taken of documents (they must be original scan). To ensure completion of your ACCM application, it is best if your letters writers email your recommendation letters directly to Bernadett Mahanay, but continue to write/address the letter to Dr. Hennessey.

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

  1. SOCCA Application
  2. three original letters of recommendation (one letter must be from program director of residency)
  3. copies of any publications
  4. color photo (jpg or png – good quality resolution)
  5. ± ECFMG certificate (if applicable)

If you are accepted into the Anesthesia CCM fellowship program, you will be required to submit the following items:

  1. a copy of medical school diploma
  2. a copy of Dean's letter
  3. a copy of medical school transcript
  4. translation of items 1 – 3 (if applicable)
  5. a current CV
  6. copies of actual USMLE scores
  7. copies of ITE (In Training Exam) scores

For further details, you can also review the Anesthesiology CCM website.

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 phasing out this 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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