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SU-404 Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Elective

Director: Tyler Putnam, MD 

Location: Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA


Your rotation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) will likely be one of your most challenging and rewarding experiences.  The complexity of patients and the amount of knowledge and comfort levels gained with the most seriously ill patients will help you build a foundation of knowledge and skills that will serve you and your patients will throughout your career.

Some of you may peruse surgical careers; all of you will encounter a critically ill patient in some context of your training or career.  Your experience on this rotation will assist you in recognizing this patient's physiology, making the appropriate diagnostic decisions and administering the best treatments.  You will be exposed to pathophysiology in all major organ systems; i.e. Neurologic, Cardiothoracic, Pulmonary, GI, Renal, Endocrine, Urological, Gynecologic, Orthopedic, and Vascular.  You will become familiar with acid-based physiology, pulmonary mechanics and cardiac resuscitation.  You will understand the risks and benefits of basic treatments such as medications and blood product transfusions.

As medical students rotating in the SICU you will be an integral part of the care team.


The student will...

  • Be assigned your own patients and be expected to round on them.
  • Become intimately familiar with the patient's hospital course. This includes all pertinent laboratory data, imaging studies, diagnoses and interventions.
  • Be able to demonstrate an evolution on your own knowledge and skill base when confronted with a new critically ill patient and begin to form independent assessments and plans.

Course Number



4 weeks

Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends



2 student per Block

Alternate Dates

Yes, at the discretion of the Director



Prerequisites: Successful completion of Medicine and Surgery Clerkships.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.