The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Kentucky is an ACGME-accredited program with an approved complement of two fellows per year. The second year fellowship is an optional non-accredited year during which an Instructor faculty position is awarded. Two years is recommended but not required.
The fellowship comprises of clinical rotations including Trauma ICU, Emergency General Surgery ICU, Medicine ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Neurosurgery ICU and 2 Electives provided in one-month rotations. Call requirements are no more than 1 night in 7 with at least 2 weekends off a month. This fellowship abides by the ACGME 80-hour work week requirements. Maintenance of general surgical skills is strongly encouraged and supported while providing clinical continuity of care. Therefore, this fellowship equally balances operative intervention with peri-operative critical care delivery. There is a robust complement of residents and advanced practice providers assigned to each patient care service. The fellows, however, deliver primary patient care to a service separate from the chief residents to minimize any conflict in education.
The Trauma/Emergency Surgery Service admits over 3600 adult trauma patients with over 1400 high-level trauma activations. Almost ninety percent of the trauma admissions are for blunt trauma. In addition to trauma, there are over 1500 general surgical emergencies and a busy elective practice that includes laparoscopy and endoscopy. 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.
Candidates must be ABS-eligible for SCC boards. To apply, submit an application through the SAFAS website and register for the match process through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are currently being accepted.
All applications are reviewed individually and applicants accepted for interviews will be contacted. To accommodate travel limitations for the current season, all interviews are conducted via Zoom. Candidates will have their first or second choice of interview date, to occur between May and August.
The program start date is August 1st and ends on July 31st. Contact the Program Coordinator, Sara Brown, with any questions regarding the fellowship.
Andrew C. Bernard, MD
Professor of Surgery
Assistant Program Director
Jessica K. Reynolds, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery