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Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Adult Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University School of Medicine Program
Department of Surgery
August 2018

Mission Statement

To provide the educational, clinical and administrative environment and resources to allow the fellow to develop advanced proficiency in the management of critically ill surgical patients, to develop the qualifications necessary to supervise surgical critical care units, and to conduct scholarly activities in surgical critical care. The fellowship will provide a broad based experience and training in adult surgical critical care allowing qualification for board certification in surgical critical care.

Program Accreditation and Directors

ACGME # 4422531027
Adult track: 2 slots, available through NRMP match, program code 1295442F0
Pediatric track: 1 slot, not through match

Program Director – Dr. Steven Tennenberg, Harper Hospital

Associate Program Director (Pediatric) – Dr. Lydia Donoghue, Children’s Hospital

Program duration – 12 months


Applicants should be board certified or eligible (preferred) in General Surgery or enrolled and completed three years in an accredited general surgery residency. To apply, forward a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, references and three letters of recommendation (including from current or most recent Program Director). Applications should be submitted through the SAFAS site (https://safas-sccpds.fluidreview.com). (Applications for the Pediatric Track should be directed to Dr. Lydia Donoghue)

Steven Tennenberg, M.D., Program Director
Dept. of Surgery
Harper Professional Office Building, Suite 400
4160 John R
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-745-8773 (Secretary Amber Wilson)
Fax: 313-745-1873
E-mail: stennenb@dmc.org

Affiliated Hospitals

Harper University Hospital (Adult)
Detroit Receiving Hospital (Adult)
Sinai-Grace Hospital (Adult)
Children’s Hospital of Michigan (Pediatric)


The primary clinical training is based in the adult surgical intensive care units of three Detroit Medical Center hospitals:
– Harper University Hospital (HUH) – approx. 10 – 15 patient census, focused on general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery and other surgical subspecialties. Includes cancer patients in the ICU of Karmanos Cancer Institute.
– Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH) – approx. 5 – 10 patient census, focused on trauma and general surgery.
– Sinai-Grace Hospital (SGH) – approx. 12 – 18 patient census, focused on trauma, neurosurgery and general surgery.

Elective experiences (2 months) in neurointensive ICU, adult burn unit, pediatric SICU, MICU, pediatric ECMO, hyperbaric therapy, interventional radiology, anesthesiology (airway management, intra-op hemodynamic monitoring), echocardiography (TTE and TEE) and nephrology are available. A direct operative experience of trauma and critically ill patients, limited as per ACGME guidelines, is available for interested fellows. Opportunities for research and scholarly activities are available and encouraged.

Faculty support at the three sites include:
HUH – two surgical critical care faculty and three anesthesia critical care faculty.
DRH – eight surgical critical care faculty
SGH – three surgical critical care faculty

Sample Schedule:
Month 1 – SICU, Harper Hospital
Month 2 – SICU, Detroit Receiving Hospital
Month 3 – SICU, Harper Hospital
Month 4 – SICU, Detroit Receiving Hospital
Month 5 – SICU, Harper Hospital
Month 6 – SICU, Sinai-Grace Hospital
Month 7 – SICU, Harper Hospital
Month 8 – SICU, Sinai-Grace Hospital
Month 9 – MICU Harper Hospital or Detroit Receiving Hospital
Month 10 – Burn unit, Detroit Receiving Hospital
Month 11 – Elective
Month 12 – Elective

On call – 2 nights per month at HUH. Weekends usually off, but some weekend call duties may be required.


The curriculum is based on the ACGME program requirements for fellowship education
in surgical critical care. A full didactic program of lectures, selected readings, journal
club and M&M conference is offered.

FCCS and ultrasound courses offered and required

Independent reading and study is required in the following:
Self-Directed Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR I & II, Adult Program) – web-
based lecture series, SCCM
Critical Care textbook of choice
Adult Multiprofessional Critical Care Review, SCCM
Self-Assessment in Multiprofessional Critical Care, SCCM


Salary: $55,093 (PGY4), $58,257 (PGY6)
Educational allowance: $3120 (included in salary totals listed)
Attendance at annual Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Congress (Jan/Feb, must
be covered by educational allowance, additional funds available as well)
Vacation – 3 weeks
Fellowship starting date – August 1, 2018 (can accommodate July 1 for post-PGY3
general surgery residents in training)

Interview Dates

July – Sept 2017
Contact us for specific dates.

Match Timeline

Aug. 2, 2017 – rank order list submission begins
Sept. 20, 2017, 9PM – deadline for rank order submission and certification
Oct. 4, 2017 – Match Day