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Innovative Anesthesiology-Critical Care Education Program

Critical Care Resident with Patient

This innovative Anesthesiology-Critical Care (A/CC) education program is approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and provides a more integrated approach towards a completion of ABA certification in anesthesiology and critical care medicine fellowship.

Residents completing the A/CC program will satisfy the ABA training requirements for board certifications in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. This is a five-year program (including internship) that integrates a one-year Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) Fellowship into the final two years of anesthesiology residency.


The A/CC track satisfies the ACGME requirements for both anesthesiology residency and subspecialty training in anesthesiology critical care medicine. In addition the core anesthesiology curriculum, residents in the A/CC track will complete nine months of critical care, one month of elective critical care and two months of elective non-critical care rotations. The nine core critical care rotations is distributed during the last two years of training, with three months of critical care in PGY-4 and six months of critical care in PGY-5. The core critical care rotations are primarily in the surgical ICU and medical ICU with electives in neurosurgical ICU and burn ICU. The UC Irvine Medical Center is the only Level I trauma center in Orange County, which serves as the main referral for 3.1 million patients. Furthermore, the 12-bed Burn ICU is the only comprehensive regional burn center in Orange County.

The core critical care rotations start during PGY-4 year, however, residents in the A/CC track will attend the weekly didactics for ACCM fellows beginning of the PGY-2 year. These didactics include the weekly ultrasound course, the weekly critical care core lectures, monthly journal club, and monthly M&M conference. In addition, each year the Department will sponsor the residents in the A/CC track to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress or the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) Annual Meeting.

Sample Rotation Schedule

Year A/CC Track
PGY-1 2 blocks Critical Care Medicine
Counting toward ABA requirements for Critical Care Medicine. Resident would be encouraged to do elective in the MICU in addition to the two required rotations.
PGY-2 2 blocks Surgical ICU
One month counts toward resident requirements for Critical Care Medicine and one month as resident elective time
PGY-3 2 blocks with choice MICU, SICU, Neurosurgical ICU
One block counting toward ABA requirements and one block as resident elective time
PGY-4 3 blocks as fellow
To be done at end of CA-3 year (Clinical Critical Care Medicine rotations)
PGY-5 10 blocks as fellow
(7 blocks Clinical Critical Care Medicine rotations, 2 blocks fellow electives) plus 3 blocks as resident doing advanced clinical anesthesiology

Total CCM toward ABA Requirements: 6 blocks as resident, 13 blocks as fellow


One PGY-1 position will be offered through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). Applications will be reviewed by the recruitment committee in conjunction with critical care faculty members from the Department.

Contact Information

Please direct all inquiries to:

Medical Education Supervisor
Rhonda Chu
Phone: 714-456-6661
Email: anesthrescoor@hs.uci.edu