Surgery

  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program

    The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics houses a Level-I Trauma Center with annual trauma admission greater than 2000, a Regional Burn Care Center, and a state-of-the-art Emergency Treatment Center as well as all specialties in medicine and their associated residency programs, and holds over 800 inpatient beds, including 128 ICU beds.

    The Division of Acute Care Surgery Service offers an one year ACGME-accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program. The core curriculum will consist of a 12-month clinical fellowship in the Surgical Critical Intensive Care Service, the time of which is divided into 13 four-week blocks. All trainees will spend at least 6 blocks in the SICU, and then rotate to other intensive care units which provide extended educational experiences suited to the need of the fellow. Each trainee will be required to complete a minimum of eleven blocks of time in the critical care setting, two blocks of time in elective unit, with one block of time reserved for vacation (3 weeks) and meetings (1 week).

    Other ICU rotations include: MICU, PICU, NICU, CVICU and Burn Unit.
    Elective rotations include: Infectious disease consult, Pulmonary/Bronchoscopy, ECHO Lab, Nephrology Consult, Trauma, Anesthesia, Vascular Lab and Research.

    Trainees are also required to attend a weekly fellowship conference which consists of lectures given by SICU staff as well as local and national experts in critical care. Once a month, the fellow is expected to participate in the ICU management meeting along with all staffs involved in ICU patient care to discuss the operational business of the ICU and the issues related to patient care. Journal Club is also held monthly throughout the year to give fellows and faculty a chance to analyze and dissect current critical care literature. M&M Conference is held on a weekly basis in the Department of Surgery.

    There is a wide variety of texts provided to the Surgical Critical Care fellow including the Department of Anesthesia Library and the University of Iowa Hardin Medical Library. In addition, there is a well-developed internet library of electronic textbooks and journals available at every computer within the SICU. Also in the SICU, there are a total of 127 titles, including 81 just added during the last 12 months as well as 13 journal subscriptions.

    The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications can be submitted through the use of the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). 

    Graduates of the program are eligible to be certified in Surgical Critical Care through the American Board of Surgery.

    Contact Information:

    Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program

    Kent Choi, M.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
    Division of Acute Care Surgery
    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
    Phone: (319) 384-6326
    Fax: (319) 356-3392
    kent-choi@uiowa.edu

    Program Coordinator

    Tara Maurer
    Division Secretary
    Division of Acute Care Surgery
    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
    Phone: (319) 356-7892
    Fax: (319) 356-3392
    tara-maurer@uiowa.edu