Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Application Process

Please click here on How To Apply.

Applicants must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited Anesthesiology Residency prior to beginning the fellowship.

Program Goals

We endeavor to train fellows in the art and science of providing excellent, safe, and compassionate clinical care to critical care patients and their families, and to foster the development of leaders in clinical and academic critical care anesthesiology.


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Large academic tertiary care referral center.

  • 551 licensed hospital beds
  • 30 SAICU beds (integrated ICU & IMC)
  • 16 MICU beds
  • 35 NSICU beds (4 EMU beds/31 integrated ICU & IMC)
  • 30 HVICU beds (integrated ICU & IMC)
  • Over 7,000 adult ICU admissions per year


In beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania, you will experience the uniqueness of training at a major academic medical center in a small town setting.

  • 15 min from Harrisburg International Airport
  • 15 min from an Amtrak Station (Middletown)
  • 10 min from Hershey Park
  • 1 hr 45 min from Philadelphia
  • 1 hr 30 min from Baltimore

Positions available

  • One ACGME-accredited fellow position each year


  • One year (12 months)


Twelve Critical Care fellowship-trained anesthesiologists comprise the Division of Critical Care Anesthesiology, within the 68 member Department of Anesthesiology.

  • Anthony Bonavia, MD
  • Zyad Carr, MD
  • Octavio Falcucci, MD
  • Lonnie Fender, MD
  • Sprague Hazard, MD
  • Kane High, MD
  • Kunal Karamchandani, MD
  • Anita Malhotra, MD
  • Venugopal Reddy, MD
  • Elizabeth Sinz, MD
  • Amit Prasad, MD

Curriculum Structure

Fellows' clinical experiences are based on monthly rotations in the SAICU, NSICU, HVICCU. (See "Clinical Rotations" and "Case Selection" below)

Our formal didactic curriculum includes weekly fellow-level lectures, as well as departmental functions including Grand Rounds and Case Conferences. (See "Didactics" below)

Fellows engage in a Scholarly Project, for which they are granted non-clinical time. (See "Scholarly Project" below)

Fellows participate as Teachers as well as Learners. Our fellows develop and deliver lectures to our residents, and often function as junior attendings, supervising residents in the ICUs. (See "Teaching" below)

Clinical Rotations (months)

7-Surgical Anesthesia/Trauma Intensive Care Unit:

  • Anesthesia ICU covers patients from general surgery and surgical subspecialties such as orthopedics, urology, obstetrics/gynecology, transplant and surgical oncology.
  • Trauma ICU covers patients from Level 1 and 2 traumas as well as emergency, general surgery.
  • 2-Heart and Vascular ICU
  • 1-Neurosurgical ICU
  • 1-TTE/Ultrasound/General Radiology (time spent with Radiology and Cardiology)
  • 1-Elective in which the fellow may choose another month in any of the units, devote time to research or come up with a customized rotation to be approved by the program director.


  • Critical Care Fellows' Lecture series (weekly, fellow-level, covers entire ACGME curriculum)
  • Grand Rounds Thursdays 6:30 a.m.
  • Anesthesiology Fellows' Lecture series (6-8 lectures on practical topics)

Scholarly Project

  • All fellows are required to complete a Scholarly Project
  • Topics can include: Bench research, Clinical research, or QI/QA
  • Mentored by Milton S. Hershey Medical Center faculty
  • Deliverable required (abstract, poster, manuscript, etc.)
  • Non-clinical time is provided (approx. 1 academic day/week)


Each fellow is required to develop and deliver two one-hour lectures to anesthesiology residents.

Fellows are given progressive responsibility in the ICUs, as dictated by formal and informal evaluations and assessments. Toward the latter half of the fellowship, most fellows will have the opportunity to supervise residents in the ICUs. This allows opportunities to develop supervisory and teaching skills, to facilitate the fellow's transition from trainee to consultant attending.


  • Fellows' office space
  • Electronic medical record system, including anesthesia records
  • Online university library with electronic journals & texts
  • Bronchoscopy, videolaryngoscopy, ultrasound in the ICU.
  • Physical university anesthesia library with comprehensive pediatric text collection
  • Penn State Simulation Center

Benefits and Salary

  • As per the Hershey Medical Center GME office

Time off

  • 3 weeks vacation
  • 1 week CME time (meetings, etc.)
  •  Additional time for presenting posters or talks may be granted on a case-by-case basis.


Elizabeth H. Sinz, MD, MEd, FCCM and Anita Malhotra, MD
Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Directors
c/o Kiersten Bricker, Fellowship Coordinator
Penn State Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
500 University Drive, H187
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 717-531-6489
Fax: 717-531-0826