Michael A Pizzi DO, PhD
Chris Robinson DO, MS
Description of Training
The University of Florida Neurocritical Care Fellowship program offers a one and two year training program accredited by the UCNS (United Council of Neurological specialties) with anticipated transition to ACGME by 2021. Next available position (PGY-5) is July 1st 2021 for 12 months (if applicable) or 24-months.
The training program provides opportunity for fellows to manage patients with life threatening neurological and neurosurgical critical illnesses. The fellows spend the majority of their clinical time through our Neurosciences ICU, consisting of 24 beds and housed in the new state of the art neuromedicine tower at UF-Health. The fellows also rotate throughout other intensive care units, including transplant ICU, trauma and surgical ICU, cardiothoracic ICU and medical ICU. The fellows are also involved in ICU consults in other units, such as those patients with severe neurological complications as a result of critical or severe systemic illness (ie: ECMO complications, post-transplant acute neurological complications, severe polytrauma and acute brain injury) etc…
The training provides the fellows with the clinical procedural skillset to manage critically ill patients. This includes, but is not limited to airway management and intubation, ventilator management, central and arterial line cannulation, flexible bronchoscopy, hemodynamic management, bedside ultrasonography, brain oximetry interpretation, EVD management, multi-modality monitoring, and continuous cEEG interpretation to name a few.
One unique aspect of our program is the diverse educational backgrounds, skill sets and experience of the core faculty, including 7 neurology trained neurointensivists from Harvard, Yale, Duke, Mayo, Columbia and Emory University, as well as neurocritical care faculty from anesthesiology critical care medicine with expertise in neuroanesthesiology. The unit is staffed 24/7 with a team of advanced practice providers and residents (neurology, neurosurgery) as well as neurocritical care and critical care fellows. Attendings oversee the ICU 24/7 and there is always an attending in house.
The fellows participate in numerous educational activities, as part of the hospital wide multidisciplinary critical care educational pool. This includes a weekly neurocritical care lecture series, daily multidisciplinary critical care didactics (hospital-wide combined CCM), journal club (monthly), neurology and critical care grand rounds. The training provides clinical critical care and neurological critical care, commensurate with UCNS requirements.
The fellows are expected to develop a research project during the course of their fellowship. There is protected research time incorporated into the fellowship. Clinical and research mentors are identified early-on, and fellows present their research progress at the monthly division research meeting to ensure project success, with the goal of presenting their projects at national and/or international meetings, as well as publication in peer-reviewed journals. Formal rigorous research training (if desired) is available through the TRACTS program (Training and Research Academy for Clinical Translational Science) at the University of Florida. The neurocritical care group at the University of Florida is involved in numerous clinical trials, including the multicenter Boost-3 trial.
Next available position (PGY-5) is July 1st 2021 for 12 months (if applicable) or 24-months.
To be eligible to apply for the fellowship, candidates must have completed (or on track to complete) training in an ACGME-accredited residency in either neurology, internal medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatric neurology or anesthesiology, or have completed 4 years of training in an ACGME accredited neurosurgery residency program.
For candidates who have completed training in surgical critical care, anesthesia critical care, internal medicine critical care, or are current neurosurgery residents, the duration of training is 12-months, for all others 24 months. Prior residency or fellowship training must have been completed in the United States of America to apply for this fellowship.
Candidates must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.
Candidates must be board certified or eligible for certification in their respective primary specialties.
Each fellow must achieve provider (and/or trainer) in ACLS, BLS.
We currently accept J1 visa sponsorship through ECFMG. We can consider H1B visa on a case-by-case basis.
Rotation details (24-month fellowship)
- 12 months rotations in the neurosciences ICU, usually in blocks of 1 to 2 weeks (or 4 weeks if desired). Fellows work shifts of 12-hours, mix of days/night shifts.
- 1-2 month rotation in the medical ICU
- 1-2 month of surgical / trauma ICU
- 1-2 month of subspecialty surgical ICU (cardio-thoracic, transplant, burn, trauma)
- 1-2 months of critical care EEG
- 1-2 month of procedures / airway management
- 1 month of neuro-anesthesia (OR)
- 3-4 months protected elective time (eg: clinical, research elective)
Commensurate with level of training (paid as PGY-5, and PGY-6) respectively by the GME office at UF-Health (similar across all program).
If you would like to obtain more information on our program, please contact April King (coordinator) Office: 352-273-5550 | Fax: 352-273-5575
We look forward to working with you!