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Critical Care Medicine

University of Washington Internal Medicine-Critical Care Medicine Fellowship






Nick Johnson, MD


Website: http://depts.washington.edu/pulmcc/education/fellowship/fellowcritical/index.html

Twitter: @uwpccm


  • A truly multidisciplinary critical care experience, with rotations covering all aspects of medical, surgical, neurological, and cardiac critical care at three different institutions.
  • The opportunity to work under the supervision of attending physicians from multiple training backgrounds including pulmonary and critical care, anesthesia critical care, trauma critical care and emergency medicine critical care.
  • Diverse patient population with a wide variety of medical issues from a region spanning five states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).
  • In-depth exposure to both foundational critical care concepts, such as cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, and cutting-edge technology such as ECMO and mechanical circulatory support.
  • Opportunities not only for honing clinical skills, but for professional and academic development via structured mentorship and curricula.
  • Track record of successful EM-trained fellows with job placement in academic and community institutions.
  • The opportunity to work and play in a truly beautiful area of the country with easy access to leisure activities in the mountains and on the water.

Clinical Curriculum

Year 1 Rotations

Year 2 Rotations

UWMC Cardiothoracic ICU

HMC Neurocritical Care Service


HMC Medical ICU

UWMC Surgical ICU

HMC Trauma/Surgical ICU

VA Medical ICU

UWMC Pulmonary

UWMC Medical ICU

UW Surgical ICU

HMC Medical ICU

UWMC Cardiothoracic ICU

HMC Neurocritical Care Service

Elective (6 months)

HMC Trauma/Surgical ICU


Elective (3 months)


Rotation Sites

  • Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is the public hospital for King County and is also the only level-one trauma center in a five-state region (Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, or "WWAMI"). The hospital is owned by the county and managed by the University of Washington.
  • University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) is a quaternary referral center that provides advanced services, such as solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, advanced oncology care, and complex cardiovascular surgery.
  • Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System - Seattle Division (VA) provides primary and tertiary care to veterans from the Pacific Northwest.


Electives are available in chest radiology, cardiac critical care, echocardiography, pulmonary medicine, ultrasound, airway management, nephrology, infectious disease, prehospital critical care, palliative care, and research/quality improvement. Fellows also have opportunities to develop new elective rotations based on their interests.

Didactic Curriculum

  • Seattle Area Chest Grand Rounds (weekly): Fellows present cases (in rotation with fellows from pulmonary-critical care and anesthesiology critical care) to faculty discussants, as part of one of the UW health system’s most popular conferences.
  • Respiratory and Critical Care Conference (weekly): Weekly core content lectures on a variety of topics relevant to critical care medicine follow. Conference time is protected for fellows, unless extreme clinical circumstances mandate otherwise.
  • Other learning opportunities include:

HMC Multidisciplinary ICU Journal Club (weekly)

UWMC ICU Conference (weekly)

Translational Journal Club (monthly)

Seattle Resuscitation Grand Rounds (monthly)

Neurocritical Care Grand Rounds (quarterly)

HMC Trauma Conference (weekly)

Clinical Research Works in Progression (weekly)

ICU Teaching Rounds (daily at all sites)

Department of Medicine Conferences (daily at all sites)

Department of Emergency Medicine Conferences (weekly)

Academic Opportunities and Professional Development:

Abundant opportunities exist for scholarly activity. Mentoring committees are established for fellows based on their interests and future goals to provide guidance on scholarly work, research or educational projects, and career planning. A quarterly professional development lecture series also exists. Fellows will be expected to complete at least one substantial scholarly project.

Program Leadership:

Andy Luks, MD, Program Director, aluks@uw.edu        

Nick Johnson, MD, Associate Program Director, nickj45@uw.edu

Norma Jean Schwab, Program Coordinator, pccmfello@uw.edu                       


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