Letter from the Program Directors

Thank you for your interest in critical care training at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Where you choose to do your fellowship training is of considerable importance, and we believe you will find that the program here will more than meet your expectations. Our focus is on training outstanding physicians with a high level of expertise in caring for the most critically ill patients. The key word to describe our training program is “Multi-disciplinary”. You will train with leaders in critical care from various backgrounds (Anesthesiology, Surgery, Emergency Medicine) who have expertise in all facets of the field. You will find your training to be intellectually challenging and professionally rewarding as you become highly qualified to provide complex care to the most challenging patients.

Our program’s goal is to train the future leaders in multidisciplinary critical care. The program is fully accredited by the ACGME. The primary training site is the 24-bed Surgical/Burn/Trauma Intensive Care Unit (expanding to 36 beds in 2012) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a Level I trauma center and the flagship hospital of the 4,500-bed BJC HealthCare system. You will also spend significant time in our Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit as well as experience the Medical Intensive Care Unit. Each fellow’s elective schedule is tailored to meet the trainee's individual career goals. Electives available to our Fellows include Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU, Coronary Care Unit, Pediatric ICU, Ultrasound, Trauma Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Interventional Pulmonology and Pulmonary Medicine, Nephrology, Advanced Airway/Anesthesiology, Transesophageal Echocardiography, Nutrition, Radiology, and Research. Barnes-Jewish Hospital has consistently ranked as one of the nation's best hospitals, and the School of Medicine is world-renowned for teaching and research.

Washington University Medical Center, which also includes St. Louis Children's Hospital, thus offers enormous potential for our fellows to expand their expertise. The Medical Center also offers numerous opportunities for research with leaders in every field of medical science. Both Barnes-Jewish and Children's hospitals are Level 1 trauma centers, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a regional burn center. This, together with large caseloads in all the surgical specialties, provides trainees well rounded, comprehensive training. In addition, we make every effort to offer a program that meets trainees' individual interests and needs. The resources available at Washington University are truly unmatched – during your fellowship, you will work closely with experts in the clinical care of ICU patients, renowned research investigators and leaders who are defining the future of critical care medicine on a national and international level. Your fellowship promises to be an exciting time, filled with extraordinary new knowledge and strategies for treating the sickest patients. We are committed to ensuring that the time you spend training with us in critical care will be truly exceptional.

Thomas J. Graetz, MD

Brian T. Wessman, MD