Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

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 2020-2021 will be reviewed as they are received.

All applications are reviewed individually and candidates accepted for interviews will be contacted. Interviews for the 2020-2021 academic year will take place on May 31, June 28, July 26 and August 15. In addition, there will be a reception the night before each interview to allow time to meet faculty and current fellows. 

The program start date is August 1st and ends on July 31st. Contact the Program Coordinator, Sara Brown, with any questions regarding the fellowship. 

Program Director

Andrew C. Bernard, MD

Professor of Surgery


Assistant Program Director

Jessica K. Reynolds, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery


2018-2019 Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Handbook

2018-2019 Fellow Rotations

2018-2019 Benefits and Stipends

Past to Present Fellows