For a critical care fellowship, does one have to do a fellowship in something such as pulmonology or infectious diseases, or are there specific critical care fellowships available? What exactly does critical care cover beyond basic IM? Thanks
Actually, there are abundant pathways to critical care. Certainly pulm/crit pathways are the 'norm' but there are plenty of critical care only fellowships as well as pulmonology only fellowships available.
The overlap stems primarily from expertise and experience with ventilator management. Pulmonary docs understand pulmonary pathophysiology better than anyone, and apply that knowledge to ventilator management in the sickest of the sick. The combination with Critical Care only follows.