Broad familiarity and expertise in the multidisciplinary approach to Critical Care Medicine will be emphasized.
In learning to be a consultant, the fellow must learn how to be a teacher. The Fellow will be asked to prepare formal lectures for Medical Student, Resident, and Fellow level conferences. The Fellow will also participate in quality improvement efforts at the Dallas VA Medical Center.
In the last several months of training, the fellow will be asked to act in the role of “Junior Attending” and will have increased responsibility in patient management decisions and teaching.
The Fellow will gain experience in ICU administration through observation and increasing responsibility for a number of administrative issues. The fellow will gradually share responsibility for bed triage, training of ancillary personnel in critical care and ongoing review of intensive care unit outcome data. When training is completed, the fellow will be familiar with the administrative issues involved in the running of an Intensive Care Unit.
The program has three training tracks the fellows can choose from. One is the advanced interventional track. Fellows are trained in treating patients with complex pain problems and participating in advanced interventional pain procedures. The second training track is the research track. Fellows would have dedicated time to work on different types of clinical research. The third training track is in the pediatric pain track. Fellows would complete four months of training at Children’s Medical Center, where they would be exposed to treating children with chronic, acute and cancer pain.