Critical Care Medicine

Critical Care Medicine

The overall objective of the Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is to develop competent independent critical care practitioners and experts in supervising critical care units.


The education of our fellows, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, and medical students is a vital aspect of the CCM Service. It is crucial for the growth of our specialty that we train the finest intensivists in our field. We offer one-year and two-year fellowship training in CCM. Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and integrated with the Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital of Weill Cornell Medical College.

About Critical Care Medicine
Our Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Service provides state-of-the-art, lifesaving care to critically ill cancer patients in our 20-bed adult Intensive Care Unit. The service also operates a consultation and rapid response service throughout Memorial Hospital 24 hours a day. Providing education and training for future critical care specialists and participating in multicenter research activities are also core parts of our mission.
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The CCM fellowship has ten fellows each year with a mix of one- and two-year fellows. The fellow’s background usually includes primary and secondary specialties in internal medicine and emergency medicine and secondary internal medicine subspecialties in pulmonary, renal, and infectious disease. One-year CCM fellows spend a total of 11 months of clinical rotations at four separate hospitals:  MSK (seven months), the major clinical site; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) Cornell Campus (two months); New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center (one month); and the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens (NYHMCQ) (one month).  The second year is designed to give the senior fellows more opportunities for directing the ICUs and mentoring the first-year fellows, as well as elective time to complete research projects initiated during the first year and expand their clinical experiences. Electives are available in echocardiography, nutrition support, palliative medicine, pulmonary medicine, and nephrology at MSK.

Our fellowship training program follows a detailed educational curriculum that incorporates a core lecture series, visiting professor conferences, fellows’ grand rounds, ventilator and ultrasound workshops, journal clubs, simulation laboratory training, weekly board review, and case review and morbidity and mortality conferences. Fellows are encouraged to participate in research, present at local and national conferences, and contribute to patient-safety and quality-improvement projects.

Clinical Care

Our faculty, fellows, advance practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), and residents provide daily care to patients in our 20-bed adult medical-surgical ICU and throughout our 473-bed inpatient hospital. Two teams of clinicians, a traditional house-staff team and an advanced-practitioner team, care for patients admitted to the ICU; a third team (consultation/Rapid Response Team) provides consults and rapid response visits for acutely ill inpatients throughout MSK, including those in the Surgical Advanced Care and Cardiac Intermediate and Post-Anesthesia Care Units as well as outpatients in our clinics. In 2014, CCM handled approximately 1,000 ICU admissions, 1,400 ICU consults, and 1,000 rapid response calls.


Our current CCM faculty consists of ten intensivists with training in internal medicine, pulmonary, interventional pulmonary, anesthesiology, and palliative medicine. Critical Care faculty have appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to the CCM fellows, the ICU is staffed with anesthesiology residents from NYPH. Medical students from Weill Cornell Medical College and other medical schools rotate through the ICU. Our advanced practitioner team includes 25 NPs and PAs, and our respiratory therapy team includes 55 therapists. Additionally, the CCM Service has a dedicated research nurse and a computer programmer.


The CCM Service conducts industry-funded clinical trials in severe sepsis/septic shock, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome as well as collaborative studies with national and international critical care study networks. The CCM Service also performs “homegrown” projects exploring novel biomarkers in the critically ill, outcome studies of chemotherapy and ethics consultations in an oncologic ICU, and patterns of intra-hospital and inter-hospital transports and ICU readmissions. Our faculty includes experts in sepsis, the use and cost of CCM in the United States, ICU design, and point-of-care laboratory testing.

Postgraduate Opportunities

The fellowship program has consistently delivered a 100 percent pass rate over the last five years for fellows taking the ABIM Critical Care Medicine Certification examination. Our two-year internal medicine–CCM and internal medicine subspecialty-trained fellows have secured critical care positions in teaching and community hospitals throughout the country. Several pulmonary–CCM graduates have proceeded to pursue additional fellowships in sleep medicine, interventional pulmonology, and pulmonary hypertension at prestigious medical centers including the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Additionally, our graduates have become ICU directors, associate program directors of the residency or fellowship programs, and departmental chairs as well as intensivists in large hospitals or private groups.


The CCM Service welcomes applicants trained in internal medicine, medical subspecialties (i.e., pulmonary, renal, and infectious disease) and emergency medicine or emergency medicine/internal medicine. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and providing advanced subspecialty training, and our trainees are highly qualified candidates who come from across the United States for this unique learning experience. We appreciate your interest in our program and encourage you to apply to become part of our team.

Length of Program

1 or 2 years

Number of Positions


Program Eligibility

Eligibility for the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship requires a minimum of three years of ACGME medical training in internal medicine or emergency medicine. Individuals accepted for a position in the fellowship program must be a US citizen, classified as a resident alien, or hold a J-1 or H-1 visa.

How to Apply

Our CCM Fellowship Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To apply for our 2016 fellowship, please complete an application through ERAS starting on July 1, 2015.

An application form can also be requested from the program coordinator listed below.

Additional Information

Fax Number: 212-794-4333

Program Director


Marquett Kennely
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue, C-1179
New York, NY 10065