Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship


Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship Program Director

Manuel R. Castresana, MD, FCCM

Associate Program Director
Vikas Kumar, MBBS

Clerkship and Fellowship Program Coordinator
Margaret Eakins

 

Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Medical College of Georgia

Augusta University

1120 15th Street, BIW-2144

Augusta, GA 30912-2700

Phone 706-721-3871
Fax 706-446-0077

For fellowship verification, contact Margaret Eakins (meakins@augusta.edu)

General Information

Our accredited Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University accepts two fellows each year. Augusta Health is a 500-bed Level I trauma center. The Division of Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Anesthesia—with seven physician anesthesiologists who have critical care board certifications and fellowship training and four with cardiothoracic fellowship trainingprovides services to the health system.

The fellows will work with critically ill adults, primarily surgical critical care patients. Rotations include trauma, surgical, cardiothoracic and vascular, neurosurgical, and medical and burn intensive care units.

Additional clinical experience is offered in infectious diseases and renal replacement therapy. The curriculum will be infused year-round with training in ultrasonography, tranesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography, lung ultrasound, and the focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) exam. A dedicated ultrasound education facility is in development.

Our fellows are responsible for a range of duties from consultation to total patient management. The fellows will also supervise and teach residents and senior medical students and act as a liaison between the Critical Care Service and other services involved in the care of critically ill patients.

This 12-month fellowship program is designed to train board-eligible anesthesiologists in all aspects of care of the critically ill and injured surgical patient. We prepare the fellow to function in either academia or a clinical career, with training in advanced skills such as insertion of central, arterial, and dialysis catheters; placement of IABP, thoracostomies, pig tails, and temporary pacemakers; experience with percutaneous tracheostomies, bronchoscopies; cardioversions, transthoracic and vascular ultrasound, and pain management procedures.

Following completion of the program, the fellows should be qualified for the American Board of Anesthesiology examination certifying "Added Fellow Qualifications in Anesthesiology Critical Care."

The educational philosophy of the program is to provide a comprehensive matrix upon which to:

  • Build a scientifically sound, evidence-based medical approach to cost-effective management of the critically ill patient using the latest technologies and innovations
  • Facilitate interpersonal skills in physician-patient and physician-family communication, especially with regard to end-of-life and other ethical issues
  • Promote effective and productive teaching skills
  • Develop intensive care unit leadership and administrative skills
  • Foster an interest in and aptitude for scientific research and critical thinking