Contact Us

Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program
Kristine O’Phelan, MD
Email: Kophelan@med.miami.edu

Program Manager, Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program
Andrea Ruiz, BGS, C-TAGME
Phone: 305-243-2742
Fax: 305-243-0359
Email: umneurofellowships@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the SF Match Program.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in October. While there is no official deadline, candidates are encouraged to complete their applications by the first week of February. Interviews are held from December to May.

Call Schedule

Fellows take overnight call in each location (Jackson Memorial Hospital or UHealth). Shifts are 12 hours at UHealth and 26 hours at Jackson Memorial. For 12-hour shifts there are four to five shifts in one week, every other month. Shifts that are 26 hours are once a week, on average.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a completed residency program in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery or surgery.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Neurocritical Care Fellowship

Mission & Vision

In association with the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s critical care team, it is one of our primary aims to provide excellent care to our critical care patients in order to improve their outcomes and limit subsequent disability.

Gunshots, trauma and surgeries of the mind
To status, stroke and coma undefined
Working late into the night
Helping souls win the fight
In warmth and glow of the ‘305’

Mission & Vision

In association with the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s critical care team, it is one of our primary aims to provide excellent care to our critical care patients in order to improve their outcomes and limit subsequent disability.

Gunshots, trauma and surgeries of the mind
To status, stroke and coma undefined
Working late into the night
Helping souls win the fight
In warmth and glow of the ‘305’

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Neurocritical Care Fellowship. We have a comprehensive clinical and academic fellowship training program that benefits from two units with differing populations that broadly span both surgical and medical neurocritical care.

The 24-bed neurocritical care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital is one of the largest units of its kind in the U.S. The unit offers advanced invasive and non-invasive multimodality neuromonitoring, such as brain oximetry; cerebral perfusion; intracranial pressure and microdialysis, in addition to monitoring such as computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial Doppler scanning/screening. As one of the largest and busiest trauma centers in the U.S., the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital provides care for a large number of neurotrauma patients.

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Neurocritical Care Fellowship. We have a comprehensive clinical and academic fellowship training program that benefits from two units with differing populations that broadly span both surgical and medical neurocritical care.

The 24-bed neurocritical care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital is one of the largest units of its kind in the U.S. The unit offers advanced invasive and non-invasive multimodality neuromonitoring, such as brain oximetry; cerebral perfusion; intracranial pressure and microdialysis, in addition to monitoring such as computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial Doppler scanning/screening. As one of the largest and busiest trauma centers in the U.S., the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital provides care for a large number of neurotrauma patients.

Our team has a talented group of academic neurointensivists dedicated to training our fellows and preparing them to manage all aspects of critical care in patients with acute nervous system failure. While at work our fellows get trained in a variety of procedures, including bronchoscopy; endotracheal intubation; paracentesis; percutaneous tracheostomy; thoracentesis; thoracostomy and vascular access. Typical numbers of annual procedures are as follows: arterial lines (35); bronchoscopy (45); central lines (45); chest tubes/thoracentesis (8); endotracheal intubations (40); hemodialysis catheters (15); paracentesis (4) and tracheostomy (30 to 40 over two years). Multimodality monitoring methods are also used and include cerebral microdialysis; continuous EEG; depth electrodes and intracranial pressure monitoring.

Fellows also participate in clinical research projects and scholarly writing and have six months of time each year outside of home ICU (to decide between ICU and non-ICU electives) to acquire broad academic critical care experience. Scheduled conferences include case reviews, didactic neurocritical care lectures, Status Epilepticus and Long-Term Monitoring Rounds Conference and grand rounds.

Finally, we strive to create a positive working environment both inside and outside the hospital to help our fellows learn as much as they can while enjoying their time here with us. We are so fortunate to live and work in beautiful Miami which provides us with a multitude of options for time spent outside of the intensive care unit. Outdoor recreational activities are available year-round and Miami is a thriving city with multicultural influences shaping the art, food and music scenes.

-Director Kristine O’Phelan, MD
-Associate Program Director Mohan Kottapally, MD

Description

Fellows also participate in clinical research projects and scholarly writing and have six months of time each year outside of home ICU (to decide between ICU and non-ICU electives) to acquire broad academic critical care experience. Scheduled conferences include case reviews, didactic neurocritical care lectures, Status Epilepticus and Long-Term Monitoring Rounds Conference and grand rounds.

Finally, we strive to create a positive working environment both inside and outside the hospital to help our fellows learn as much as they can while enjoying their time here with us. We are so fortunate to live and work in beautiful Miami which provides us with a multitude of options for time spent outside of the intensive care unit. Outdoor recreational activities are available year-round and Miami is a thriving city with multicultural influences shaping the art, food and music scenes.

-Director Kristine O’Phelan, MD
-Associate Program Director Mohan Kottapally, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

United Council for Neurological Subspecialties

Number of Fellows per Year?

2

Duration of Fellowship?

1 to 2 years

Program Highlights

1 of the largest neurocritical care units in the U.S.

1 of the largest & busiest trauma centers in the U.S.

1,300+ ICU patients annually

Clinical Experience

For our Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program the following timelines apply: one year of training required for those who have completed prior training in critical care or neurosurgery; two years of training required for those who have trained in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology or surgery.

Year 1 (for fellows with prior training in critical care)

Block rotations include EEG; general neurology; neuroradiology; NICU and NSICU.

Longitudinal experiences include neuroradiology (seven hours per week for 26 weeks per year) and neurosonology (one-half day per week for 20 weeks per year).

Year 1 (for fellows with prior training in neurosurgery)

Block rotations include CCU/CTICU; EEG, MICU; NICU; NSICU; TICU and research or infectious disease.

Longitudinal experiences include anesthesia (one quarter to one-half day per week for two weeks per year and neurosonology (one-half day per week for 20 weeks per year).

Year 1 (for fellows with anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology or surgery)

Block rotations include MICU; NICU; NSICU; elective*; research and stroke.
Longitudinal experiences include anesthesia (one quarter to one-half day while on elective, for two weeks per year); neuroradiology (seven hours per week for 26 weeks per year) and neurosonology (one-half day per week for 20 weeks per year).

Year 2 (for fellows with anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology or surgery)

Block rotations include EEG; NICU; NSICU; TICU; elective* and research.

Longitudinal experiences include anesthesia (one quarter to one-half day while on elective, for two weeks per year) and neurosonology (one-half day per week for 20 weeks per year).

*Assigned electives include anesthesia; CCU; EEG; ENT/ tracheostomy/pulmonary; MICU; neuroangiography; neuroradiology; neurosurgery; research; simulation training; stroke and TCD.

Your Faculty

Ayham Alkhachroum, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Mohan Kottapally, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology and Neurocritical Care
Associate Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program

Amedeo Merenda, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgical ICU, UHealth Tower

Kristine O’Phelan, MD
Chief, Neurocritical Care Division
Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program
Professor, Clinical Neurology

Alumni Placements Include:

Baptist Health South Florida
Einstein Healthcare Network
Greenville Memorial Hospital
Orlando Health
University of Missouri Health Care
University Medical Group
Westchester Medical Center
West Virginia University Health System

Alumni Placements Include:

Baptist Health South Florida
Einstein Healthcare Network
Greenville Memorial Hospital
Orlando Health
University of Missouri Health Care
University Medical Group
Westchester Medical Center
West Virginia University Health System