University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine - Knoxville

Affiliated with University of Tennessee — Knoxville, TN

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Positions available: 1
  • Salary: $60,140
  • Program Director: Todd A. Nickloes, DO, MBA, FACOS, FACS

Last updated: April 28, 2020


The Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care is based in the Department of Surgery. The Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care is organized to provide continuity of care throughout the course of the acutely injured or critically ill surgical patient. The Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship is an integral part of this organization and the candidate will be involved with all aspects of a trauma/surgical patient's care. The fellowship is a two year program, which includes a yearlong experience as an Acute Care Surgeon while earning an MBA degree from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business in Knoxville and one year of dedicated ICU experience. Eligibility requirements include that the fellow candidate must be board certified or board eligible in General Surgery.

The Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program at the University of Tennessee will teach our fellow the specific application of business principles in a healthcare environment. Operational flow management/LEAN processes, financial and accounting principles, negotiation techniques/processes, and contract applications are only some of the skills covered during the year-long matriculation at the Haslam College of Business. The University of Tennessee PEMBA is the longest running and most highly respected physician-only MBA offered nationwide.

The PEMBA program's structure is an average time commitment of 24 hours per week for reading and assignments, with classes one day a week, and most assignments related directly to physicians' daily work. The program combines 40 online learning sessions with four one-week residence periods on the University of Tennessee campus. During the residence periods, participants take classes, meet with faculty advisors and leadership development coaches, and work on project teams with peers. Due to the PEMBA program structure of January to December the fellowship will be split with five months prior and seven months after the conclusion of the PEMBA program.

August - December - Clinical Fellow
January - July - MBA Program

August-December - MBA Program
January - July - Clinical Fellow

How to apply

Qualifications: Completion of an approved general surgical residency and board certification or eligibility by the American Board of Surgery or American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.

All applicants should submit an application and the following through Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (
-Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
-Personal Statement
-ABSITE scores
-USMLE scores
-Three Letters of Recommendation

About the hospital

  • Beds: 669
  • ICU beds: 91
  • Annual ED visits: 85000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 4870
  • Trauma faculty: 10

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 5845
  • General surgical: 10%
  • Trauma: 90%
  • Blunt trauma: 85%
  • Penetrating trauma: 15%


1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920

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