Department of Surgery

Surgical Critical Care Residency Program

The Division of Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery at the University of Rochester is pleased to offer a 1 or 2 year Residency in Surgical Critical Care. The Residency is ACGME Accredited and fulfills requirements by the American Board of Surgery for Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care Certification after 1 year.

This Residency provides a flexible clinical year designed with clinical and administrative experience overseeing our newly constructed 25 bed Trauma/Burn ICU, our 12-bed Surgical ICU and the trauma/emergency general surgery service. An additional year of clinical and/or basic research with a productive translational research group of basic and clinical researchers is also available. The latter includes extensive experiences in nutrition, resuscitation, immunologic dysfunction, and multiple organ failure laboratory projects following injury. Epidemiological and outcomes projects are also encouraged and supported within the Department of Surgery.

The Clinical Residency is split between the 25 Kessler Family ICU and the 12 bed Surgical ICU at the 700-bed Strong Memorial Hospital. The Trauma, Burn, Emergency Surgery division includes 7 full-time Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship trained Attending Surgeons with dedicated interests in trauma management, pre-hospital system development, comprehensive burn care, surgical critical care, and management of post-injury organ dysfunction. The services are supported by an appropriate complement of house staff from the accredited General Surgery Program and Nurse Practitioners. The program includes rotations in the Surgical ICU that provides care for liver transplant, vascular, major oncologic, and several subspecialty surgical patients. An elective experience on the Burn Service or on the Trauma/Emergency Surgery service is offered. The program provides electives in the MICU and the separate Cardiac or Pediatric ICUs. The Strong Regional Trauma Center is the State Designated Level 1 Trauma Hospital for the Finger Lakes Region of New York and treats 2000 trauma patients/year. The Emergency Department records 80,000 visits/year and the Trauma Program is supported by a mature Regional EMS ground and air transport system.

The 2-year program provides flexibility for the resident, allowing additional focused training in clinical and investigative aspects of trauma/burn/ or Surgical ICU care; however, a 1-year program that fulfills the Critical Care Requirements for Board Certification is available. Applicants beyond the PGY-3 year are considered.