The Tower Health, Reading Hospital Surgical Critical Care Fellowship expands on the education that a trainee has completed in a general surgery residency.  The focus of the program is on management of the critically ill patient in the surgical intensive care unit as well as the trauma resuscitation area of the emergency department. The program combines a strong academic emphasis with intense bedside experience in a 21 bed surgical ICU. Support of the program by nine board certified or eligible surgical intensivists is augmented by two dedicated neurointensivists. Fellows in the program will spend 9 months in the intensive care unit and at least 2 months on the trauma service.  There will be the opportunity to do an elective month in one of the acute care surgery disciplines.  

Fellows in the program will spend at least 8 months at Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Up to four months of the year will be spent at The University of Pennsylvania on the Surgical Critical Care Service, as well as the trauma service at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The elective month can be at any of these institutions or a different institution of the fellow’s choosing.

Fellows will benefit from dedicated didactic sessions for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship while at Reading Hospital. These sessions include a monthly Surgical Critical Care Journal Club, a monthly Surgical Critical Care Board Review Session, and the Department of Surgery M&M twice per month. They will also benefit from Critical Care Grand Rounds, which will include all aspects of critical care, including neurocritical care and medical critical care. The fellows will be expected to give Critical Care Grand Rounds once during their year of training.

During their time at Reading Hospital, the fellow will have the opportunity and be expected to participate in clinical trials, with that participation leading to some form of recognition. It is the intent of the program’s attending faculty to assist the fellow in achieving the goal of podium or poster presentation, and potentially article publication by the end of the year of training. The fellow will have an additional level of academic experience in developing or updating a clinical management guideline during the year, and will be expected to participate in a performance improvement project as well as some form of patient safety initiative.  

Candidates that have completed three years of general surgery residency will be considered. We do not currently take graduates of emergency medicine residencies into the program.