Spectrum Health/MSU (Grand Rapids)

Affiliated with Michigan State University — Grand Rapids, MI

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary: 60,800 (based upon PGY scale)
  • Program Director: Elizabeth A Steensma, MD FACS

Last updated: February 18, 2022

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship offered by Michigan State University and Spectrum Health Butterworth is a one- year ACGME accredited program. The fellowship aims to train individuals in a broad range of disciplines essential to care of the critically ill and injured patient, with two fellowship positions per year.

Spectrum Health Butterworth is an ACS verified Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center serving a population of over 1.5 million in West Michigan. Butterworth Hospital is the 21st largest hospital in the United States with over 120,000 ER visits and 25,000 inpatient surgeries each year. The hospital and trauma center are supported by an extensive EMS system and Airomed flight program. As a tertiary and quaternary referral center, fellows will be exposed to a wide array of clinical care, innovation, and research initiatives.

The 22 bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit serves as the main site of clinical rotations. Fellows will be exposed to an extensive variety of patients including General Surgery, Trauma and Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries, Burn, Surgical Oncology, Vascular Surgery, ENT and Thoracic patients. Rotations in the Cardiac ICU, including ECMO and transplant, and Neuro ICU are also included. Electives in Advanced Airway Management, Surgical Nutrition, Echocardiography, Emergency General Surgery, and Research and Administration are available to enhance the experience. Operative opportunities, within the confines of ACGME regulations, also exist for those that are interested.

Fellows will work with members of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at Spectrum Health, including 12 board certified surgical intensivists with diverse clinical backgrounds. The SCC fellow will work with and lead the multidisciplinary surgical critical care team consisting of, and overseeing, residents and medical students. The practice is also supported by Advanced Practice Providers. Education occurs in the form of formal lectures and didactics, journal club, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Radiology-Surgery multidisciplinary conference and a significant amount of daily teaching by a dedicated faculty. Opportunities for research and administrative duties including committee memberships are highly encouraged. Fellows complete at least one project per year which is tailored to their individual interests and career goals.

How to apply

Qualifications: Applicants must complete an ACGME accredited general surgery program and be eligible for the American Board of Surgery examination. Exceptional residents in their PGY3 year may also apply.

Please apply through SAFAS.

Program Coordinator:
Jennifer Bruno: jennifer.bruno@spectrumhealth.org

About the hospital

  • Beds: 620
  • ICU beds: 52
  • Annual ED visits: 120000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 2000
  • Trauma faculty: 12

Fellowship procedures

  • Blunt trauma: 90%
  • Penetrating trauma: 10%


100 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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