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UC Davis Neurocritical Care Fellowship

The University of California - Davis (UCD) Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program’s primary goal is to provide trainees with comprehensive competence in the care of both the critically ill, and neurocritically injured patient as well as a variety of medical and surgical problems that the practitioner of Neurocritical Care can be expected to confront and manage. This program will foster an inquiring approach to the management of critically ill neurological patients from bedside to and through literature review and application, quality improvement, and research.


The UCD program is a collaborative endeavor with the Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology, and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at UCD.  Additional training will take place at the Mercy San Juan Comprehensive Stroke Center. The fellowship program is accredited by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties.The program is based in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care – a unique location for a neurocritical care fellowship.

Dr. Hugh Black, the Program Director, is the Medical Director of the Neurosurgical ICU and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Neurocritical Care Program.   

The UCD Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program offers 3 tracks depending on the educational background of the applicant.

2-year Traditional Post Residency Fellowship:

Eligible candidates: Completed a residency in the following specialties: anesthesiology, neurology, internal medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, or child neurology.

1-year Post Critical Care Fellowship Track:

Eligible Candidates: Completed a fellowship which includes at least six months of critical care training in anesthesia critical care, surgical critical care, or in a pulmonary/critical care program. 

1-year Neurosurgery Fellowship Track:

Eligible Candidates: Completed an ACGME accredited neurosurgery residency or completed a minimum of 4 years in post-graduate clinical training in neurosurgery.


The clinical component of the program will be located at the University of California Davis Medical Center, which is where the fellows will spend most of their time. This includes experiences with the management of critically ill patients with neurological injury and illness and will be integrated with a broader curriculum that focuses upon the management of other critically ill patients.

Required rotations for all curriculum tracks includes: Neurocritical Care at UCDMC and General Critical Care Training in the Medical ICU and other specialty ICUs.  The rotations will be crafted to the interests of the candidate.

Electives for 2-year Track: Cardiothoracic ICU, Neurosurgery Service, Acute Stroke Service, Critical Care Consult, Electrophysiology, Anesthesiology, Neuroradiology, Interventional Neuroradiology and an away rotation at the Mercy San Juan Stroke Center. 

Electives for 1-year Track for Post Critical Care Fellowship Track: Neurology Service, Acute Stroke Service, Electrophysiology, Anesthesiology, Neuroradiology, Interventional Neuroradiology.

Electives for 1-year Track for candidates who are in Neurosurgery Track: Neurology Service, Acute Stroke Service, Electrophysiology, Anesthesiology, Critical Care Consult, Neuroradiology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary Care.

Position Available for July 2019

We have one position starting July 1, 2019. We are currently accepting applications, and they will be reviewed once all materials have been received. Qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview.

Please submit the following via email to ejgarman@ucdavis.edu :

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from physicians who have served in a direct supervisory capacity.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a program director, division head, or department chair.
  • Copy of USMLE pr COMLEX scores
  • Copy of Medical School Transcipt (does not need to be an offical transcript)

Position Available for July 2020

We will utilize the San Francisco Application/Match ( https://www.sfmatch.org/ ) for our fellowship position available starting July 1, 2020.  Applicants may  start applying on October 1, 2018.  We will review completed applications in late December early January for interviews in February and March.



To be eligible for the Neurocritical Care Fellowship, you must have completed an ACGME/AOA/RCPSC residency in neurology, neurological surgery, anesthesiology, internal medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, or child neurology.


Visa Requirements

Non-US Citizens must have a J-1 Visa or Work Authorization permit to apply to UC Davis Health fellowship training programs.  UC-Davis Health does not accept H1-B Visas.  Please review the complete policy in Requirements for International Medical Graduates at UCDHS.


Graduates of Foreign Medical Colleges

 You must be eligible for a California state license. Please review the California Medical Board approved list of foreign medical schools to confirm you have an approved degree and your school is listed.  If there is concern about your eligibility for a California State Medical License, the fellowship program may require a PTAL letter before we consider you for an interview.


Liz Garman
Education Manager

Program Leadership

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
    Director, Neurosurgical ICU
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
    Director, Medical ICU
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery
    Director, Neurotramatic Neurocritical Care
    Department of Neurological Surgery

  • Lara Zimmermann, M.D. *
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Neurological Surgery

*UNCS Neurocritical Care Board certified or board eligible.