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The Columbia Neurocritical Care UCNS Clinical Fellowship


The Columbia University Neuro–ICU fellowship is a two-year training program that fulfills the UCNS Neurocritical Care training criteria. The curriculum is equally balanced between neurological and medical aspects of critical care. Training is based in the new 18–bed CUMC Neuro–ICU, which is equipped with dedicated video EEG and multimodality monitoring in every room, multiple cooling devices, Licox and Microdialysis monitors, as well as advanced neuroimaging (A 3 Tesla MRI and 64-slice CT scanner) located within the ICU. We have a team of 5 attending neurointensivists, with critical care nurse practitioners and residents that staff the unit 24 hours per day. Fellows will gain proficiency in the medical management of the critically-ill patient. Procedural skills include: traditional and ultrasound-guided central venous line placement, arterial line placement, pulmonary artery catheterization, lumbar puncture/drains, continuous EEG monitoring, brain oxygen monitoring, microdialysis, ventriculostomy management, endotracheal intubation, ventilator management, fiberopticbronchoscopy, and percutaneoustracheostomy. In addition to time spent in the Neuro–ICU, fellows will complete required rotations in the medical intensive care unit (MICU), surgical intensive care unit (SICU), cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) and operating rooms (OR).

24–Month Training Curriculum:

9 months – Neuro–ICU
5 months – MICU, SICU, CTICU, OR
2 months – Neuromonitoring
6 months – Elective
2 months – Vacation

Fellows will participate in the Columbia Critical Care Medicine Curriculum which is an organized collection of lectures, teaching conferences, Journal Club, and Grand Rounds. Upon completion, fellows will be proficient in the management of a wide range of neurological and general critical care patients. Development of independent research projects is strongly encouraged, and will be supported with training in database management and biostatistics. In addition to two years of Neurocritical Care training, opportunities are also available to add a third year of fellowship training in stroke (ColumbiaACGME vascular neurology fellowship), critical care EEG monitoring, or neuroepidemiology combined with coursework leading to an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health. A substantial time commitment is required, including “beeper call” on many evenings, in-house call approximately once a week, and weekend call once a month. Four weeks of vacation time are allotted per year. Salary is commensurate with PGY level.

Requirements and eligibility.

To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must be eligible for and possess a New York State Medical License on the start date of the fellowship (July 1). Because of this requirement, applicants who have attended a non–U.S. medical school must have completed at least one year of training in internal medicine or surgery in a USGME-approved residency training program in the United States. In addition, residency training in neurology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, surgery, emergency medicine, or internal medicine is required. A strong interest and track record in clinical research is highly desirable. Information about applying for a New York State Medical License can be obtained by calling (518)-474-3817. In special circumstances, visiting research fellowships of 3 to 24 months duration can be arranged for physicians with their own source of outside funding. Columbia University takes affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity.

Application process.

Fellowship applicants should send (1) a letter of interest, (2) a copy of their CV, and (3) three letters of reference to Dr. Jan Claassen, Division of Critical Care Neurology, Milstein Hospital Building, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, 8-300 Center, New York, NY, 10032, approximately 2 years prior to the desired July 1 start date. Interviews are scheduled in the fall, and applicants will be notified no later than December, 18 months prior to the July 1 fellowship start date. For questions please call Karen Lai at 212-305-7236.

Visiting Postdoctoral Neurocritical Care Research Fellowships


Visiting post-doctoral neurocritical care research fellowship positions are available for US or international medical school or PhD graduates with varying levels of post-doctoral clinical training who wish to focus exclusively on patient-oriented clinical research. Primary mentoring will be provided by a specific faculty member according to the particular research interests of the fellow. Opportunities exist to conduct novel independent research related to advanced intracranial monitoring (LICOX, CBF, microdialysis), continuous EEG monitoring, advanced MRI imaging, therapeutic temperature modulation, noninvasive cardiovascular monitoring, and other topics. Opportunities also exist to obtain training in epidemiology or biostatistics, or to participate in bench research in the cerebrovascular laboratory of the Department of Neurosurgery (Dr. E. Sander Connolly).

Requirements and eligibility.

Visiting post-doctoral research fellowship positions are available only individuals who possess an MD or PhD degree and have been able to secure independent funding for salary support. Opportunities exist for prospective applicants to work closely with Columbia faculty to develop grant applications to hospital, foundation, or government funding agencies.

Application process.

Applicants should send a copy of their CV and inquire directly to the specific faculty member that they are interested in working with, by e-mail or by calling Karen Lai at the Division of Neurocritical Care (212-305-7236).

Visiting Electives for Resident Physicians in Neurocritical Care


Residents in neurology training programs at outside institutions may spend a one month elective in the CUMC Neuro–ICU with the approval of their department chairperson or program director. Visiting residents may participate in rounds, observe examinations and procedures in the Neuro–ICU, and attend conferences and seminars, but are not allowed hands–on patient contact. As such, they are designated “visiting scientists” by Columbia University. Potential fellowship applicants are welcome, but not required, to attend as a visiting scientist.

Requirements and eligibility.

Visiting residents must be enrolled in good standing in a USGME–approved residency training program.

Application process.

Applicants should apply to Karen Lai at the Division of Critical Care Neurology (212-305-7236), and submit a letter of intent, C.V., and letter of approval of from their department chairperson or program director. The applicant will be sent a visiting scientist request form and insurance information form, which will be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at P&S for final approval. The applicant must document that they are covered by health, liability, and accident insurance during the rotation. Applications should be submitted at least 3 to 4 months in advance.

Elective Rotation for Medical Students in Neurological Intensive Care


Fourth-year medical students at Columbia P&S and at outside U.S. medical schools may spend a one-month elective in the CUMC Neuro-ICU. The elective is designed as a preceptorship under the supervision of the Neuro-ICU attending of the month. The student will become an integral part of a team of residents, fellows, and attending neurointensivists who specialize in the care of critically-ill neurologic patients. Skills will be stressed in clinical examination, invasive and noninvasive neurologic monitoring, and emerging neurologic therapeutics. Opportunity exists to learn technical skills related to critical care, including lumbar puncture, arterial and central venous catheter placement, and ventilator management, under direct supervision of the P&S medical staff. In addition, students may spend time observing neurosurgical or interventional neuroradiologic procedures.

Requirements and eligibility.

Students must be enrolled in good standing at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons or a USGME accredited medical school. Up to two medical students may take the elective per month, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application process.

Enrollment requires written approval of the Course Director (Dr. Neeraj Badjatia, 212-305-7236). Students at outside medical schools should inquire first with the Division of Critical Care Neurology, and then enroll through the P&S Office of Student Affairs. Students at outside schools must submit a letter from their institution indicating that they (1) are in good academic standing, (2) are covered by professional liability insurance, (3) have up-to-date immunizations, and (4) have completed the updated OSHA blood borne pathogens workshop. An application form, health certificate, and $100 fee payable to Columbia University must also be submitted.

Columbia Neurocritical Care Didactic Curriculum for Observers and Visitors

DAILY ICU Rounds: 9:30-11AM



12:00 - 1:30 PM
Monthly NeuroICU - Epilepsy Conference


12:30 - 1:30 PM
Columbia SAH Outcomes Project Conference(includes MMM case discussions)
NICU Conference room


8:30 - 9:30 AM
Neurology Grand Rounds


8:00 - 9:00 AM
Neurosurgery Grand Rounds

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Neurocritical Care Team Conference (guest lectures, journal club, research update, QA)
NICU Conference room

3:00 - 4:00 PM
Critical Care Medicine Grand Rounds


12:00-1:00 PM
Stroke Lunchtime Conference
NI-6 Conference room


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