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Program at a Glance

Our Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate that provides an intense, integrated educational experience in the field of surgical critical care.  The majority of the clinical and educational experience revolves around the 8-bed SICU, 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 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 lead 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.

Fellowship Director: A. Taylor Putnam, MD

Associate Director: Kristina Kramer, MD

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

Program Metrics

  • Length of fellowship: 1 year
  • Number of fellows per year: 1
  • Number of Faculty: 7

Department Metrics

  • Level-I Adult/Level-II Pediatric Trauma Center evaluates ~ 3,000 patients | admits ~ 1,500 patients per year
  • All faculty have appointments at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate
  • Education Programs: Surgery Residency | Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Baystate Metrics

  • Number of hospital beds: 716
  • Number of residency programs: 10
  • Number of fellowship programs: 22

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, etc)

Curriculum Information 

  • 9 months (75% time): dedicated ICU rotations in SICU & PICU
  • 3 months (25% time): critical care-related surgical services, e.g. Trauma Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery
  • 2 months critical care electives, i.e. SICU, Intensive Care Medicine, CVCU, Pulmonary/Respiratory Care, Infectious Disease/Infection control, Nephrology/Hemodialysis