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Critical Care Medicine Fellowship


Critical Care - Internal Medicine Fellowship

Our program consists of 2 fellows each year, who are very involved in every aspect of patient care within the division. Fellows gain clinical experience via rotations at the University of Kansas Hospital and the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

The University of Kansas Hospital (KUH) is a 700-bed hospital, consistently rated the best hospital in Kansas City and Kansas. It is also the primary subspecialty hospital for a large area of the central US, covering all of Kansas, western Missouri, and parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa. KUH is nationally ranked by US News & World Report in all 12 subspecialties, and the Pulmonary Division has been as high as 12th in the past five years.

The Kansas City VA serves as the regional referral center for other VA medical facilities in eastern Kansas and wester Missouri. Our four dedicated VA faculty staff the closed ICU with internal medicine residents that provide great opportunity for both patient care and education of learners.


Core Didactic Conference - Tuesdays at Noon

Each CCM fellow is assigned a didactic lecture for the year in which they develop the weekly curriculum for their assigned topic. All other didactic conferences are presented by faculty. A monthly Journal club is also held to discuss clinically relevant articles pertinent to managing critically ill patients.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Case Conference - Thursday Afternoons

The CCM fellow will be assigned a few conferences throughout the year in which to discuss critical care cases, which have timely educational value. These will consist of a short case presentation and discussion on the pertinent learning points of the case or diagnosis.

Patient Safety Conference

There are two patient safety conferences (PSC). Internal Medicine has PSC on the last Tuesday of the month in the Sudler Conference Room. There is a quarterly Pulmonary safety conference on Thursday afternoon. Each 3rd year fellow will be responsible for one conference during the year under the guidance of the Program director.

Ultrasound Conference

This is an active learning conference in which the fellows review US images with the Director of Point of Care Ultrasound. Additional topics to enhance bedside ultrasound by the fellows is also discussed in this conference. Early in the academic year, first-year fellows accompany the Director of Ultrasound to Chicago for an introductory course in bedside ultrasound.

Clinical Training and Locations:

Medical/Transplant Intensive Care Unit (MICU/TICU)-University Hospital

The MICU Team consists of 2 students, 3 residents, the fellow and the attending physician. The TICU Team consists of 1 student, 2 residents, 1 APP, the fellow and the attending physician. The fellow is expected to lead the team and to ensure the flow of daily duties. The fellow should expect to assume more responsibility for running of the service as greater abilities for leadership are demonstrated to the attending. The census of patients followed by the team averages 10-12 patients. The MICU experience covers a broad range of patients across three intensive care units. There is extensive experience in caring for immunocompromised patients and those with acute and chronic liver disease. The ICU team will also assist in the care of critical post-operative patients from other surgical services as needed.

Medical ICU - Veteran's Hospital

The MICU team at the VA consists of students, internal medicine residents, the fellow and the attending physician. The fellow in close collaboration with the attending will lead the team in patient care and educational activities.

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery - A one-month rotation. Fellows evaluate thoracic and cardiac surgical patients with the attending surgeons. Fellows are present for the intra-operative and post-operative care in a multidisciplinary approach.

  • Neurological ICU - A one-month rotation. Fellows will round with the Neuro ICU team and participate in discussions and day-to-day care of the critical neurologic patient.

  • Cardiology - The cardiology experience consists of one month of Coronary Care Unit(CCU). The fellow works with the attending Cardiologist in the management of critically ill cardiac patients and patients needing advanced cardiac support including consideration of heart transplant.

  • Palliative care - Fellows rotate with the palliative care attendings and multidisciplinary team to assist with advanced care planning of patients and families.

Procedure Service-VA Hospital

The fellow is expected to perform procedural consults and procedures with the attending physician at the VA, and follow up on procedural results. This is an ever-growing service, and the fellow can expect to perform bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, chest tubes, among other procedural duties.

Last modified: Jul 12, 2021
Contact Info

For additional information on this fellowship contact:

Heath Latham, M.D.
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160-7381

Contact the Program Coordinator 
Charlotte Rendon
Fax: 913-588-4098

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