Department of Surgery
Critical Care Fellowship
The Department of Surgery at MetroHealth Medical Center, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University Integrated General Surgery Residency, offers a one-year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship with an optional second-year fellowship in trauma surgery. MetroHealth Medical Center is one of three teaching hospitals that make up the Case Western Reserve University Integrated Surgical Program. Both the Critical Care and Trauma Fellowships are fully sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and all faculty hold full-time academic positions.
About the Fellowship
The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and graduates are eligible to take the American Board of Surgery Exam in Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care.
This one-year program includes rotations in surgical intensive care (28 beds), pediatric intensive care, burn intensive care, and coronary intensive care.
These units handle a full range of critically ill patients to including trauma, cardiovascular, neurosurgical, and oncology patients.
All fellows are expected to achieve certification in ATLS, ACLS, and PALS.
The two surgical critical care units admit more than 2,000 critically ill patients per year. The PICU rotation emphasizes treatment of the critically injured child, while the CCU rotation emphasizes the treatment of common arrhythmias. All post-operative neurosurgical and cardiac cases are co-managed by the intensive care team. The critical care year of training includes monthly in-house trauma call and two months that may be utilized for research
We strongly recommend that you consider a second year devoted to trauma and research. During this year, you will serve as a junior attending on one of our two trauma services. This service is supported by our Metro Life Flight program, the third-busiest critical care transport service in the United States, consisting of helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and mobile ground intensive care units. The second year also provides time for laboratory and/or clinical research, which will greatly enhance your opportunities in an academic career. A concentration in burn injuries can also be arranged if desired.
MetroHealth Medical Center is the busiest Level I adult trauma and burn center in the state of Ohio. If you are interested in our fellowship program, please contact:
Charles J. Yowler, MD, FACS, FCCM
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Associate Professor of Surgery
Case Western Reserve University