Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

This is a one or two year fellowship in Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, depending on the needs and interests of the applicants. Two years is recommended but not required. The fellowship comprises 12 or 24 months of clinical rotations (Trauma/Surgery ICU, Trauma/Emergency Surgery Service, Neuro ICU, Ped ICU, CT ICU, Burn Unit). These are divided into one-, two-, or three-month blocks, depending again on the needs and interests of the applicant. Call is from home but the fellow may be asked to provide occasional in-house coverage for the trauma service. Call conforms to the ACGME 80-hour work week requirements. Within the ACGME Surgical Critical Care requirements, maintenance of general surgical skills is strongly encouraged and supported. Clinical and/or basic science (two year fellowship only) research is strongly encouraged but not mandated. There are clinical projects available or the fellow may choose one of his/her own projects. 

The Section of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care directs the Trauma/Emergency Surgery Service, the Surgical Critical Care Service, and the Nutrition Support Service. The Section also provides medical directorship for the Trauma and Surgical ICU and the Nutrition Support Service. The Trauma/Emergency Surgery Service evaluates about 2600 trauma patients per year of which 1900 are admitted to the service. Almost ninety percent of the trauma admissions are for blunt trauma. In addition to trauma, there are 300-500 general surgical emergencies and a busy elective practice that includes laparoscopy and endoscopy. Nine surgical residents are assigned to the service. The residents are divided into three- person teams which take every third day call. These teams are usually supplemented by residents from other services (Plastic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care, and OB/GYN). The Surgical Critical Care Service serves as a consultative service for critically ill patients from the Division of General Surgery and the Department of Surgery. There are three residents (General Surgery PGY1, Anesthesia PGY 1 or 2, EM PGY2) assigned to the Surgical Critical Care Service. Faculty coverage is shared with the Anesthesia Critical Care faculty. The Nutrition Support Service functions in a similar manner but encompasses the Division of Digestive Diseases as well.

Selection to the fellowship is accomplished through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates should contact Surgical Critical Care Coordinator, Robin Riley, at robin.riley@uky.edu regarding the application process:

Start date: July 1 and/or August 1 
End date: June 30 and/or July 31

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews will be held between May - July.

Cynthia Talley, MD
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care
Assistant Professor of Surgery



Vascular Surgery Fellowship

We offer a two-year vascular surgery fellowship. The first year is a clinical year at UK Hospital.This year provides a broad exposure to the treatment of complex aortic, carotid, and upper and lower extremity peripheral vascular disease. This training period will focus on traditional open surgical techniques, but will also include an initial exposure to catheter-based intervention.

In the second year, the fellow functions as a junior attending. The prime focus of this year is for advanced training in endovascular angioplasty; and peripheral thrombolysis. In addition, the year provides an opportunity for clinical or basic science research and in-depth exposure to vascular laboratory interpretation. It is expected that upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will be able to achieve Board Certification in Vascular Surgery and have full credentials in both the open and endovascular treatment of peripheral vascular diseases.

Selection to the fellowship is accomplished through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates are asked to submit their applications through ERAS. Only applications entered electronically will be accepted. Qualified applicants will be invited for interviews.

Start date: July 1.
End date: June 30.
Applications are reviewed in January.


David Minion, MD
Professor of Surgery
Section of Vascular Surgery