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Program at a Glance

Our Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate provides an intense, integrated educational experience in the field of surgical critical care.  The majority of the clinical and educational experience revolves around the 14-bed STICU, 16-bed MICU, 16-bed CVCU and 10-bed PICU.  Clinical education takes place at the bedside in the form of daily rounds.  These rounds are multidisciplinary in nature, consisting of critical care attending staff, SCC/ACS fellows, surgical house staff, nurses, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, medical students, pharmacists, and infection control staff. Clinical data on each patient are presented, physical exam is performed, and patient-focused teaching is led by the faculty and fellow.  Teaching points are made, questions addressed and areas in need of increased study are identified with appropriate topics assigned to team members.

The second (optional) year will include training in the AAST-approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School- Baystate. The education in this year will focus largely on higher level decision making, operative technique and clinical care of Emergency General Surgery and Trauma patients. Additionally, the Fellow will spend time rotating on services designed to improve their operative skill set to be a well-rounded Emergency and Trauma Surgeon (Ex: Vascular, Thoracic, Cardiothoracic, Transplant, Neurosurgery).

Meet Our Team

SCC Fellowship Director: A. Taylor Putnam, MD

ACS Fellowship Director: Ed Kelly, MD

Associate Fellowship Director: Yamuna T. Carey, MD

Fellowship Coordinator: Lorrie Casey email: phone: 413-794-4022

By the Numbers

Program Metrics

  • Length of fellowship: 1 year, second year optional
  • Number of fellows per year: 1
  • Number of Faculty: 8

Department Metrics

  • Level-I Adult/Level-II Pediatric Trauma Center evaluates ~ 3,000 patients | admits ~ 2,000 patients per year
  • All faculty have appointments at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate
  • Additional education programs: Surgery Residency | Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship | Breast Surgery Fellowship

Baystate Medical Center Metrics

  • Number of hospital beds: 716
  • Number of residency programs: 10
  • Number of fellowship programs: 26

Fellow Benefits & Facilities

  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salaries and benefits.
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, meal subsidy, free parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Dental/Life Insurance
  • Comprehensive electronic medical record
  • Well-supplied, on-campus hospital library with 8 librarians and robust e-medicine resources (Up-to-Date, Ovid, Decker’s curriculum, AAST membership, etc.)

Curriculum Summary

Surgical Critical Care

  • 9 months: Dedicated ICU rotations in SICU & PICU
  • 3 months: Critical care-related surgical services, e.g. Trauma Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery
  • 2 months critical care electives, i.e. SICU, Intensive Care Medicine, CVICU, Pulmonary/Respiratory Care, Infectious Disease/Infection control, Nephrology/Hemodialysis

Acute Care Surgery

  • 5 months: dedicated EGS & Trauma rotations
  • 5 months: dedicated to Vascular, Thoracic, Cardiac, Neurosurgery and Transplant
  • 2 months: Electives, i.e. global surgery, pediatric surgery, MIS
  • 12 months of EGS & Trauma call (4 calls per month)