Trauma Center at Penn

Affiliated with University of Pennsylvania Health System — Philadelphia, PA

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Positions available: 5
  • Salary: $47,000 - $55,000
  • Program Director: C.W. Schwab, MD FACS

Last updated: October 12, 2016

I. Program Objectives

The Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship of the Department of Surgery, is designed to train board-eligible or board-certified surgeons in all phases of the care of the severely injured and critically ill surgical patient. It prepares the Fellow to function with advanced skills suited for either an academic or clinical career. The Surgical Critical Care component of the Fellowship was re-accredited in 1999 by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the ACGME for a full 5 years.

II. Facilities

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is a 700-bed tertiary care hospital that is the primary teaching institution for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. It serves as the primary training site for the Fellowship. Within the institution, there is a 56-bed multi-disciplinary Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) that has 2300-2500 admissions yearly. There is a 3-bed dedicated trauma receiving area within the Emergency Department where 2500 patients per year are evaluated by the Trauma Service. This facility, which opened in January 1996, offers the opportunity to care for severely injured trauma victims in a setting that is truly state-of-the-art. Between 400-500 major operative trauma cases are performed annually. An additional 400-500 emergency general surgery cases are performed annually as well.

An intensive exposure to the care of injured children takes place at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a pediatric Level I trauma center located immediately adjacent to HUP.

The experience in Surgical Critical Care is augmented via rotations in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke's Hospital and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at CHOP. Board certified pediatric surgeons and anesthesia/critical care intensivists provide supervision and educational opportunities.

PENNStar, the Hospital's aeromedical ambulance service, is active in transporting trauma victims as well as critically ill surgical and medical patients to HUP.

III. Duration and Scope of Training

Surgical Critical Care - This is a 1-year program concentrating on all aspects of the critically ill surgical patient. Fellows in HUP's RRC certified Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship are fully integrated into all clinical and educational components of our Critical Care program, and function in a role equivalent to our Fellows in Surgical Critical Care. In addition, Fellows from the Department of Medicine's Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship rotate on an ad hoc basis to gain exposure to critically ill surgical patients.

Trauma and Surgical Critical Care -This program takes place over a 2-year period, and integrates the disciplines of trauma and surgical critical care. During the first year, the critical care training is interspersed with our training program in traumatology.

During the second year, the balance of interspersed surgical critical care fellowship training occurs. American Board of Surgery eligible or certified fellows who have successfully completed their trauma training the prior year are afforded the opportunity to serve as Fellows in Exception (FIE) in General Surgery. FIEs are able to practice general and emergency surgery and traumatology independently at HUP, as well as at our second practice site at the St. Lukes Hospital, a Level I trauma center located 60 miles north of Philadelphia in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This environment affords our FIEs a unique experience in a suburban, private practice environment in conjunction with our full time faculty. The experience here is weighted toward high-speed motor vehicle crash victims and pediatric injuries.

IV. Faculty

The faculty consists of an integrated group of surgeons and intensivists from many backgrounds. All have active interests in both clinical care and research.

Program started 1994

How to apply

Qualifications: ABS eligible/certified - Completion of RRC certified residency in surgery

Patrick M. Reilly, MD
Vice Chief
Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care
3440 Market Street, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

About the hospital

  • Beds: 700
  • ICU beds: 56
  • Annual ED visits: 53000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 2500
  • Trauma faculty: 13

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 1000
  • General surgical: 50%
  • Trauma: 50%
  • Blunt trauma: 75%
  • Penetrating trauma: 25%


3440 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Trauma Center at Penn Philadelphia, PA

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