Critical Care Fellowship

The Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center offers a broad-based clinical experience including, but not limited to:

The fellowship provides training and mentorship to future critical care anesthesiologists to allow them to excel clinically and to become leaders in education and research. We are committed to providing the highest quality experience and education for each of our trainees. 

The fellowship is ACGME-accredited and offers four fellowship positions each year. Given the clinical volume and complex patient population at UNMC, the fellow will have an abundance of experience and personalized education.

All graduates of the fellowship sit for the Critical Care Examination by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

We are proud to share that our program has a 100% pass rate on the American Board of Anesthesiology’s Examination in Critical Care by all of our outgoing fellows on their first attempt.

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Faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology

Associated Faculty

Lecture Series

Critical Care fellows will participate in didactic lectures and conferences related to critical care medicine three times per week. Conferences include lectures dedicated to Critical Care fellows, multidisciplinary Quality Assurance and Morbidity & Mortality conferences, and Grand Rounds lectures provided by visiting professors. Fellows will also participate in Journal Club once a month and attend ICU administration committee meetings.

Rotation Roster

Electives include but are not limited to: Radiology, Echo Boot Camp, Echo Reading Room, Blood Bank, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Ultrasound, Advanced Ultrasound, Advanced Echocardiography, Respiratory Therapy, Renal, Infectious Diseases, Transition to Practice, CHF Cardiology, EP Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, ECMO, and ICU Administration.


Critical Care Ultrasonography

All fellows will receive comprehensive training in critical care ultrasonography.  The fellowship will utilize a combination of computer-based didactics, state-of-the-art simulation and direct hands-on training to ensure that  all graduating fellows are capable of applying all of the modalities of point-of-care ultrasonography in their critical care practice:

Several faculty members are active teachers at national ultrasound and echocardiography conferences, including those sponsored by the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  Our fellows benefit greatly from this in house expertise. 

Multiple faculty members, current fellows, and former fellows have passed the National Board of Echocardiography’s Examination of Special Competence in Critical Care Echocardiography (CCEeXAM) in 2021, with more on track to pass the 2022 CCEeXAM.  Fellows at UNMC  can expect to successfully complete the CCEeXAM either during their fellowship or in the year immediately following fellowship

The Application Process

Current Status of Recent Graduates of the Fellowship

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Program Contacts

For more information regarding the Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, please contact: 

Shaun Thompson, MD
Program Director
UNMC Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship
984455 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-1145

Mary Bernhagen, Coordinator
UNMC Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship
986890 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6890
Phone: 402-559-7370