Core Curriculum


Fellows are expected to attend and actively participate in all anesthesiology department conferences. They present complex cases at M&M conferences and are prepared to contribute to the discussion of cases presented by faculty. Anesthesiology Critical Care (ACC) fellows are responsible for medical student and junior resident education through daily bedside rounds and direct supervision of care and will also participate as instructors in FCCS workshops.

A publishable research project and/or a grand rounds presentation is expected prior to graduation. Each fellow serves as a member of the Medical Center ICU committee during their fellowship and participates in Quality Improvement projects.

ACC training is provided at the Augusta University Medical Center, the region's only Level I Trauma Center. As a fellow, you will participate in simulation training at the Interdisciplinary Simulation Center on a regular basis. Fellows also rotate in the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, the designated Southeast Regional Burn Center and a part of the Georgia Trauma Care Network.


  • Daily morning and afternoon bedside rounds
  • Multidisciplinary Fellows' didactic conference
  • Critical care teaching conferences
  • Departmental and multidisciplinary grand rounds
  • Morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Critical care ultrasound workshops
  • Fundamental Critical Care Support workshops


ACC fellows rotate in several of the ICUs at the Augusta University Medical Center and at Doctor’s Hospital. Specific orientation to each unit will take place during the first few days of the rotation. The individual units and specialty include:

Surgical/Cardiothoracic ICU 12 beds ≈ 7 months
Trauma ICU 12 beds ≈ 1 month
Neuroscience ICU 10 beds ≈ 1 month
MICU 10 beds ≈ 1 month
Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital   ≈ 1 month
CT Anesthesia/Echocardiography (elective)   ≈ 1 month


Elective rotations include:

  • Nephrology
  • Infectious disease
  • Concentrated training in ultrasound and TEE/TTE


Fellows are evaluated by faculty on a monthly basis with regular written and direct feedback. They also have a bi-annual simulation scenario with multidisciplinary evaluation as a part of the required Milestone evaluations. Fellows meet regularly with the program director to go over their portfolio.

We strictly follow ACGME guidelines to not exceed an 80-hour work week.

user icon Program Director: Manuel R. Castresana, MD, FCCM
user icon Associate Program Director: Vikas Kumar, MBBS
user icon Program Coordinator: Margaret Eakins

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