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Emergency Medicine - Critical Care Medicine Fellowships

two emergency medicine doctors looking at a monitor simulation

In 2011, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), in conjunction with the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) approved the first pathway for board certification in a Critical Care specialty for Emergency Medicine (EM) graduates. In 2013, both the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Board of Surgery (ABS) also approved combined certification, meaning that now EM graduates are board-eligible through any of the three pathways. 


The Department of Emergency Medicine supports a board-eligible two-year critical care fellowship in conjunction with the Department of Anesthesiology (ACCM). 


ACCM-Emergency Medicine Pathway: Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) focuses on care of the critically ill with special emphasis on post-surgical management. At UCSD, there is a focus on cardiothoracic surgical patients (including heart transplants, lung transplants, left ventricular assist devices, and VA-ECMO), in addition to general, oncological, and trauma surgery patients. The fellowship experience provides a multi-disciplinary experience among the various Surgical ICUs, as well as the Neuro ICU, and the Medical ICUs. Additional time is reserved for research projects, electives, and training in bronchoscopy and both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (graduates will be proficient at both). 
  • The ACCM-Emergency Medicine fellowship accepts applications through the SF Match.
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