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Program at a Glance

Our Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate offers an ACGME-accredited 1-year program in SCC with a second optional AAST-approved year in ACS.

The majority of the clinical and educational experiences revolve 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 multidisciplinary daily rounds with 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 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

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Director: A. Tyler Putnam, MD

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Associate Director: Gabriel Ryb, MD

Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Director: Yamuna Carey, MD

Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Associate Director: Edward, Kelly, 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

  • PGY6 - Surgical Critical Care:  Dedicated ICU rotations in SICU & PICU (9 months); Critical care-related surgical services, e.g. Trauma Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery (3 months); Critical care electives, i.e. SICU, Intensive Care Medicine, CVICU, Pulmonary/Respiratory Care, Infectious Disease/Infection control, Nephrology/Hemodialysis (2 months)
  • PGY7 - Acute Care Surgery: Dedicated EGS & Trauma rotations (5 months); Dedicated to Vascular, Thoracic, Cardiac, Neurosurgery and Transplant (5 months); Electives, i.e. global surgery, pediatric surgery, MIS (2 months); EGS & Trauma call-4 calls per month (12 months)
  • Simulation and Surgical Skills Training: ICU and resuscitation simulations with the resident services (weekly)