Anesthesiology Residency and Fellowships

Critical Care Medicine

The Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania has been specifically designed to prepare fellows for a career in Anesthesiology with an emphasis on Critical Care Medicine. With the ever expanding role of Anesthesiologists in academic medicine, as well as the private sector, we understand that there are a variety of interests with subspecialty focus within the broader field of Critical Care. To accommodate these interests, while continuing to train the best and brightest, we offer a variety of subspecialty electives. Moreover, we appreciate and embrace the enormity of resources available within our health system and medical school and encourage fellows to think "outside-the-box" and create novel electives that will allow for a more directed and personalized training. Some examples of popular electives include:

  • Emergency/Trauma ultrasonography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Cardiac surgical critical care
  • Neurosurgical critical care
  • Medical critical care
  • Critical care radiology
  • Infectious disease for the ICU
  • Nephrology and renal replacement therapy in the ICU
  • Palliative care and ICU hospice
  • Research

Importantly, our goal is to develop future leaders within our field. Much emphasis throughout the year is placed on developing and honing leadership skills. We realize that the ability to lead a team of individuals with a variety of training and backgrounds is neither innate nor easily adapted for most.  Rather it is a skill that requires frequent feedback and appropriate mentorship. Moreover, it requires self-reflection and an environment that fosters individual growth. Throughout your year of fellowship, you will develop the necessary skills to become not only an outstanding intensivist, but a true team leader.

Finally, fellows are encouraged to participate in some scholarly project during their year of critical care. This has been intentionally defined vaguely in order to allow trainees the ability to explore various opportunities. Some recent scholarly projects include:

  • Co-authoring a chapter on a Critical Care topic
  • Design of an ICU study with proposal submission
  • Presentation of abstract at meeting
  • Participation in research with designated mentor

In short, the University of Pennsylvania is a diverse, multifaceted institution with virtually unlimited resources for the motivated applicant.

  • Maurizio Cereda, M.D.
    Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
    Co director, Surgical ICU
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
    Perelman School of Medicine
  • CV
  • Research


Name Clinical Areas* Research, Other Interests
Maurizio Cereda General Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Critical Care Acute respiratory distress syndrome, lung imaging, mechanical ventilation
Scott Falk General Surgical Critical Care, Cardiovascular critical care Patient safety and quality improvement
Emily Gordon General Surgical Critical Care, Cardiovascular critical care Medical education
Jacob Gutsche General Surgical Critical Care, Cardiovascular critical care Lung rescue (ECMO)
C. William Hanson General Surgical Critical Care Medical informatics
Jiri Horak General Surgical Critical Care, Cardiovascular critical care Echocardiography guided resuscitation, right ventricular failure
W. Andrew Kofke Neurocritical care Neuromonitoring, functional genomics
Elizabeth Mahanna Neurocritical care, General Surgical Critical care Neurocritical care, postoperative delirium
Meghan Lane-Fall General Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Critical Care Handoffs, teamwork, communication, ICU staffing, quality improvement research, implementation science, mixed methods research
Krzysztof Laudanski General Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Critical Care Sepsis, SIRS, immunology, long-term outcome after critical care events
Howard Nearman General Surgical Critical Care Fluid resuscitation, sepsis, oxygen delivery physiology
Jesse Raiten General Surgical Critical Care, Cardiovascular critical care Global health, Patient safety and quality improvement
Amy Reed General Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Critical Care Sepsis, Immunology of critical illness, Pulmonary immunopathology
Kristen Rock Cardiovascular critical care, Trauma Critical Care Medical ethics and medical education

Lecture Series

As part of the educational mission, the fellowship provides lecture series, journal clubs, and highlights educational case presentations throughout the course of the year. In addition, fellows are required to participate in a summer course directed at establishing a firm foundation in the fundamentals of critical care medicine. The schedule and lectures are provided here.

Application Process

The ACCM fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania participates in the SF Match Please make sure you have registered with SF Match and note the application deadlines listed on their website.

Required documentation to complete your application includes:

  • Registration with SF Match
  • Completed Fellowship Application Form
    (This pdf form can be filled out electronically)
  • Updated CV
  • Personal statement
  • Passport sized photo
  • USMLE Scores (copy)
  • Copy of Dean's letter and medical school transcript (copy)
  • In-Training Examination scores (copy)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation addressed to Maurizio Cereda, MD

Note: CCM and CT dual fellowship candidates when registering for the SF Match. Please register for ONLY ONE, CT or CCM (which ever you choose to do first). Please indicate on your application that you are interested in the dual fellowship.

Please scan all documents, with the exception of letters of recommendation, in one PDF, and email to the address below. Please instruct writers of your letters of recommendation to email their letters to the same email address.

Please send all application materials and direct questions to the following email address:

Jemilla Slaffey
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3400 Spruce Street, 6th Floor Dulles
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel.: 215-662-7832