University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Program Description

Type of Program
At the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program (MCCTP), physicians from Emergency Medicine have long been welcomed, as it was the vision of Peter Safar and Ake Grenvik that critical care medicine is a multidisciplinary continuum from prehospital care, emergency care, to intensive care. Fellows from primary specialties in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Anesthesia participate in the same educational program. A broad range of medical-critical care, surgical-critical care, and subspecialty surgical critical care exposure is part of the core curriculum. Additionally, simulation is fully incorporated into the curriculum at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, & Research (WISER) through the Central Line Course, Basic & Difficult Airway Management, Bronchoscopy, and Crisis Team Training. This is an accredited Internal Medicine-Critical Care Medicine training program and graduates are eligible for the ABIM-ABEM co-sponsored examination in IM-CCM.

The first year of the curriculum is comprised of 11-12 months of clinical critical care medicine in various surgical critical care (approximately ¾ time) and medical critical care. Fellows will take in-house call approximately every 4th night. In the majority of our hospitals, fellows are also integral part of the in-house medical emergency team (MET) response. The 2nd year of the curriculum is comprised of 1 month clinical critical care medicine (the majority having been during the 1st year), with 3 tracts for fellows to devote their academic interests: Administrative/ Clinical, Research, and Education. All fellows are expected to complete a scholarly project, including a published review of their Journal Club presentation. Additional opportunities for Certificates, Masters, MPH programs, and T32/ NRSA training opportunities exist for fellows during their 2nd year. All fellows are assigned a faculty mentor during each year to ensure success in accomplishing their individual academic goals.

Year Fellowship Started: 1999

EM-CCM Program Status
This is the program status field

Application Method & Deadlines
Currently, the MCCTP processes all EM applications through the IM track, therefore applicants should apply through the IM-CCM program on ERAS. Applications open July 12 months prior to start date, and there is NO match process. Residents should apply June/July of their PGY2 (in 3 year EM program) or PGY3 (in 4 year EM program). For more information: Individuals who have completed a 3 or 4 year ACGME or AOA accredited EM training program and are ABEM or ABOEM eligible or certified are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements
Individuals who have completed a 3 or 4 year ACGME or AOA accredited EM residency program and are ABEM or ABOEM eligible or certified are welcome to apply. Applications require USLME (or COMPLEX equivalent) scores, CV, 3 letters of recommendation

Number of Fellows per year

Length of Fellowship
2 years


Primary Training Site Demographics
   Number of Hospital Beds: 758
   Number of ICU Beds: 152
   ED Annual Visits: 50,000

Affiliated Sites
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Magee Women’s Hospital
UPMC Mercy
VA Healthcare System of Pittsburgh

EM-CCM Fellowship Education
Transplant ICU
Neurovascular ICU
Medical ICU
Trauma Surgical ICU
Neurotrauma ICU
Cardiothoracic ICU
Surgical ICU
VA Surgical ICU (mixed med-surg)
Critical Care Outreach Service/ Medical Emergency Team rotation

Electives in:
Disaster Medicine
Magee Adult ICU
Burn ICU

Additional Program Highlights
Certificate and Masters Degree programs offered at the University of Pittsburgh in Public Health, Global Health, Medical Education, Clinical Research, Business Administration are available for the 2nd year.

Listing of Graduates & Years
Listing of MCCTP Graduates:
2017 Torben Becker
2017 Kyrstle Shafer
2016 Daniel Kievlan
2016 Jennifer Yu
2015 Jonathan Auerbach (EM/IM)
2015 Michael Buscher
2015 Eric Suess
2015 Susan Cheng (EM/IM)
2015 Matt Siedsma (EM/IM)
2014 Daniel Haase
2014 Jonathan Elmer
2014 Alena Lira (EM/IM)
2013 Catherine Carlson
2013 Andre Holder (EM/IM)
2013 Christopher Schott
2013 Ayan Sen
2011 David Wallace (EM/IM)
2011 Funmi Ogundele (EM/IM)
2011 Spencer Nabors (EM/IM)
2011 Wayne Ramcharitar (EM/IM)
2011 Jennifer Edwards
2011 Leo Shum
2010 James Dargin
2009 Chris Brackney (EM/IM)
2009 David Hecht (EM/IM)
2009 Peter Simon
2009 Philip Mason
2009 Jonathan Paladino
2008 Scott Crane
2007 Alan Heffner
2006 Lillian Emlet
2005 Holt Murray
2003 David Huang
2003 Kyle Gunnerson (EM/IM)
2001 Scott Gunn
1999 Edward Kimball
1993 Koichi Tanigawa
1991 Steven Orebaugh (EM/Anes)
1990 Rade Vukmir
1987 Emmanuel Rivers
1987 David Crippen
1987 Mark Angelos
1985 Robert Levine
1977 Norman Abramson
1976 Nancy Caroline (deceased)

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