The University of Kansas Health System

Affiliated with The University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary:
  • Program Director: Stepheny Berry, MD

Last updated: February 07, 2024


The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship program at the University of Kansas Health System, Department of Surgery is located in Kansas City, Kansas. The University of Kansas Health System (TUKHS) is the quaternary referral center for this region and the only Level 1 trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons in the Kansas City metro area. The goal of this program is to provide excellent exposure to complex surgical critical care and to help you develop clinical, research, administrative and technical skills to ensure your success in a long career in surgical critical care. A specific educational agenda and didactic conferences have been developed to create a rich educational environment and allow graduating fellows to embark on their careers with leadership potential. To this end, you will be immersed in a busy surgical intensive care unit (SICU) with a multidisciplinary team to care for the most critically ill and injured patients in the Kansas City area.

A surgical critical care fellow will be directly involved in all phases of care of critically ill surgical patients. The main location of clinical experience will be the 20 bed SICU at TUKHS. This ICU specializes in care of the critically injured, general surgery, acute care surgery, urology, surgical oncology, obstetrics/gynecology and orthopedic surgery patients with critical care needs. Additional rotations in the 20 bed Cardiothoracic ICU and the 20 bed NeuroICU will ensure diversity of patient care and educational opportunities.

The surgical critical care fellow will take in-house call every fourth to seventh night during which time they will be responsible for care of all the SICU patients and newly admitted trauma and acute care surgery patients under the supervision of an attending surgeon. One of the attending faculty members will make daily rounds in the SICU. The multidisciplinary daily rounds will consist of daily clinical decision making, integrated with teaching. The team consists of residents of various levels of training, medical students, nurse practitioners, bedside nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and case managers. Education on rounds will be largely based on current patient population and ongoing clinical diagnoses. Members of the fellow, resident, NP and medical student team are expected to be up to date with their individual patient information and prepared to have detailed discussions about the clinical picture of each patient.

Program started 2020

How to apply  - (913) 588-6124 (phone) , (913) 588-7540 (fax)

Qualifications: Successful applicants will be graduating from a US residency program and eligible to sit for the surgical critical care board exam upon completion of the fellowship program (we do not accept applicants who are mid-residency).

Please send letter of interest, personal statement, CV and 2 letters of recommendation to the program coordinator, Kelly Dale

About the hospital

  • Annual trauma admissions: 2800
  • Trauma faculty: 9

Fellowship procedures

  • Blunt trauma: 86%
  • Penetrating trauma: 14%


4000 Cambridge St.
Kansas City, KS 66160


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