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Critical Training & Rotations

The curriculum is divided into 13 4-week blocks.

  • Nine blocks will be spent in the surgical intensive care unit. The SICU is a 20-bed unit that cares for patients from many services with an average daily census of 17 patients.  52% of the patients are critically injured patients. The remainder are a mixture of acute care surgery, surgical oncology, orthopedic, vascular and OB/Gyn patients.
  • Two blocks are spent in the cardiothoracic ICU where you will care for patients with a variety of disease processes, from post CABG to cardiac transplant patients. The CTICU is staffed by anesthesia-trained intensivists affording the opportunity to diversify your skillset.
  • Two blocks are devoted to elective rotations and can be broken into 2-week or 4-week rotations (8 weeks total).  Current elective opportunities include transplant ICU, Acute Care Surgery, Nutrition, Infectious Disease, Neuro ICU, Palliative Care, Anesthesia.

Call responsibilities while on the SICU rotations include one night per week (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) and one 6-week night float rotation. While on call at night, fellows will respond to trauma activations, manage patients in the surgical ICU, and have an opportunity to participate in operative cases for the trauma and acute care surgery services.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Surgery
Mail Stop 2005
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3117