The critical care medicine fellowship is a fully accredited training program offering a rigorous clinical experience and varied research opportunities. While here, you’ll work with a diverse patient population under the guidance of multi-disciplinary faculty, including pulmonary/critical care, anesthesia, surgery, etc. As a major referral center, you will have exposure to various patient populations and pathologies, including adult solid organ and stem cell/bone transplants, as well as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation patients. Upon completion, you will be eligible for board certification in critical care medicine. The fellow is also expected to be involved in education and training of medical students and junior residents.

Program highlights

The fellowship includes clinical training in Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. The fellow will also rotate through a community ICU of an affiliate hospital to gain experience with differences in community medicine. Additional rotations include research time, elective time, Burn/Trauma, Radiology, Nutrition, Palliative Medicine, Echocardiography and Ultrasound.

The program will be conducted within two available tracks:

  • One Year Track
    • A one year program for physicians who have completed or plan to complete an ACGME accredited fellowship in another medicine sub-specialty, including nephrology, cardiology, infectious disease, etc.
  • Two Year Track
    • A two year program for physicians who have completed or plan to complete either an internal medicine or emergency medicine residency.

The fellow will be expected to participate in Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine conferences and make appropriate presentations during the course of their program.


How to apply

Candidates must have successfully completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited internal medicine or emergency medicine residency or fellowship training program prior to a fellowship appointment. We do not sponsor H-1B visas.

Please submit your application by the end of July via the Electronic Residency Application Service. Please also include the following with your application:

  • A letter of recommendation from your residency or fellowship training program director
  • Two or more additional letters of recommendation from clinical faculty and/or research mentors who know you and your work well
  • Statement of personal and career objectives
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination/Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination scores
  • Medical school dean’s letter and transcripts

We will notify those selected for September/October interviews by email/ERAS scheduler. Match Day is November 30th. Training begins the following July.

Per APCCMD, it has been strongly advised to continue to have all Critical Care Medicine Fellowship interviews virtual for the 2022-23 application cycle. Therefore, Rush University will comply with this recommendation and hold all fellowship interviews virtually, including those for local applicants.


Program leadership

Robert Balk, MD
Robert Balk, MD

Program Director
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Jessica Kuppy, MD
Jessica Kuppy, MD

Associate Program Director
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Contact Us

Kelly DeJager, Program Coordinator
T: (312) 563-4292