|Surgical Critical Care/Trauma
|ACGME Approved Surgical Critical Care/Traumatology Fellowship Program John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital), 1901 West Harrison St, # 3350, Chicago, IL 60612 Applicants: Candidates who have completed residencies in general surgery Start Date: July 1, of each year. Program Director SICU: Krishnan Sriram, MD, FACS, Chair, Division of Surgical Critical Care firstname.lastname@example.org; 312 864-3133 Associate Program Director SICU: Daniel Valentino, MD, Attending Surgeon, Division of General Surgery email@example.com; 312-864-5299 Director of Trauma Fellowship: Kimberly Nagy, MD, Chair, Division of Trauma Research and Education firstname.lastname@example.org; 312-864-2750 Program Coordinator: Ms Vickie Randall email@example.com 312 864 5268 FAX: 312 864 9302 Stroger Hospital is a 464 bed county hospital providing care to the Chicago area. It is a tertiary care hospital and a Level I Trauma center. The Cook County Trauma Unit is the oldest and third largest in the country, treating over 5000 patients per year in their separate 15 bed resuscitation area and 12 bed Trauma ICU. The Cook County Trauma Unit is America’s first unit dedicated solely to the care of the acutely injured and since 1966, the unit has served as a model for trauma care. The Cook County Trauma Unit is one of the busiest of the seven Level I trauma centers serving the Chicago area with nearly 5000 annual admissions. Approximately 35% of the admissions are secondary to penetrating trauma. The SICU is a 14 bed unit housing patients from the General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, ENT/, Plastics, Urology, and Obstetrics-Gynecology services. The SICU sees over 450 admissions per year. The Burn Unit treats over 300 patients per year in the 6 bed Burn ICU and 10 bed wound care step down. We have 13 rotations during the SICU portion of the fellowship, each of 4 weeks duration divided between the SICU, Burns, Trauma, Pediatric ICU, Transplant Surgery (at Rush University) with electives in any of the above or in the Medical ICU or Neurosurgical ICU. Minor adjustments can be made depending on the needs and interests of individual fellows. The fellowship provides excellent clinical exposure to all aspects of surgical critical care, including nutrition therapy. Fellows lead clinical rounds and are responsible for the immediate supervision of rotating residents and medical students. Although the main focus of education in the first year is on critical care, residents are permitted and are expected to be credentialed to perform acute care surgery under the restrictions stipulated by the ACGME and American Board of Surgery. Board-eligible candidates who have completed general surgery residency, and have an unrestricted Illinois license will be offered an appointment as voluntary attending in the Department of Surgery enabling their participation in acute care surgery as a voluntary attending. The Emergency Department at Stroger Hospital sees over 127,000 patients per year providing a full range of emergency surgical cases. The second year of fellowship is a one-year clinical fellowship designed to prepare surgeons to assume a leadership role in trauma and burn care. This portion of the fellowship provides exposure to injury prevention, trauma systems planning, education of prehospital personnel, resuscitation, in-depth surgical experience, rehabilitation and registry functions, and continued experience in critical care. Fellows will manage patients in conjunction with full time board certified attending surgical intensivists. Fellows have overall responsibility for supervision of residents and medical students from various Institutions around the Chicago area. We have an excellent academic program with discussions, journal club, board review and M&M sessions. The ICUs have the services of full-time and dedicated pharmacists (PharmD) and dieticians/nutritionists. We have a high success rate in the surgical critical care certifying examination administered by the American Board of Surgery. Our former fellows have been recruited at leading institutions. Interested applicants should first call or e-mail the above program director(s) with Curriculum Vitae attached.