During the fellow's two year program, additional didactic clinical education is provided through several weekly conferences including two specifically for the fellows: the Critical Care Fellow's Conference and the Fellow's Acute Care Surgery Operative Conference. Fellows participate in a variety of curricula, courses and seminars as outlined below. Fellows may attain the appropriate credentials to become course directors in these educational endeavors if desired.
Fellows are closely mentored by the program director during their training and encouraged to define and develop areas of interest that will enable clinical, research, educational, and administrative skills to be concentrated into a particular niche for long term academic growth and success. Numerous opportunities are available. Some are provided below.
Educational programs and clinical research initiatives are provided in the area of surgical infectious diseases offering unique research opportunities for Critical Care Fellows. A number of faculty has a particular interest and expertise in research in surgical infectious disease. A large database of nosocomial infections exists to support research endeavors.
The adult nutrition support service consults all patients on TPN and provides consultation on complex GI dysfunction and critical illness as well as combined TPN/TEN nutrition therapy. Vanderbilt University Medical Center has one of the few NIH-funded clinical nutritional research units providing fellows opportunity for intensive research and added qualifications in nutrition. Divisional members serve as co-directors of the nutritional support service.
The division has a very active program in clinical and basic research. Ongoing NIH funded clinical research provides access to research opportunities for fellows. The Division also participates in numerous multi-center clinical trials in the areas of trauma, critical care, burns, and surgical infectious diseases. The Division currently employs four dedicated study coordinators to support clinical research. The Division maintains a Surgical Critical Care database and an extensive trauma registry.
Opportunities are available for fellows who wish to obtain masters level education in either the Vanderbilt University Masters of Public Health or Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation. Each of these programs is both outstanding and competitive and mandate considerable commitment from those participating.
For more information about the Division of Trauma and Surgical Care and its fellowship program-including an outline of the curriculum and an application-please consult our website at www.traumaburn.com.