Dear Prospective Applicant,
Welcome to Rush University Medical Center and our UCNS-accredited fellowship program in neurocritical care. This is an exciting time to train in a rapidly growing field that is defining the fundamentals of acute CNS resuscitation through clinical care and research. The goal of this fellowship training program is first and foremost to provide our trainees with an outstanding foundation in neurologic and general critical care. We believe the best way to train fellows is through a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses interaction with not only our five neurointensivists, but also medical, surgical, and anesthesiology intensivists. We want our graduates to be equipped with the tools to handle any critical care situation.
We have a dedicated closed-model Neurosciences ICU (NSICU) with a total of 25-beds where we utilize a full array of technology including continuous EEG and brain tissue oxygen monitoring. In January/2012, we will be expanding our Neurosciences ICU in our new state-of-the-art Acute and Critical Care Tower. Our fellows work in close collaboration with vascular neurology and neurosurgery, endovascular neurosurgery, and anesthesiology in providing care for these critically ill patients. Fellows are also involved in the institutions hypothermia after cardiac arrest protocol and acute endovascular stroke cases. They gain in-depth training in central venous access, airway management, echocardiography, and transcranial dopplers.
Research mentoring is encouraged from the beginning of fellowship with the goals of developing a project, presenting at national meetings, and writing manuscripts for publications. Fellows are involved in current ongoing NIH-funded clinical trials at Rush. Weekly research conferences are held to discuss new proposals and ongoing projects to learn the basics of clinical trial design and implementation. A monthly journal club led by our fellows provides an opportunity to review the most current literature. Weekly vascular conferences and didactic sessions are incorporated into the curriculum to provide ongoing learning throughout the year.
Given the large clinical volume, active research program, and in-depth educational curriculum, we believe that our fellowship program provides one of finest training experiences in neurocritical care. We look forward to the opportunity to meet prospective applicants and invite those interested to rotate through our unit. If you have any further questions about our program, please feel free to contact me at any time.