Message from the Program Director

Douglas J.E. Schuerer MD, FACS, FCCMThank you for your interest in surgical critical care training at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Where you choose to do your fellowship training is of considerable importance, and we believe that the program here will more than meet your expectations. Our focus is training outstanding physicians with a high level of expertise in caring for the most critically ill patients. Our Surgical/Burn/Trauma Intensive Care Unit is multidisiciplinary and multiprofessional, and you will be taught by leaders with expertise in all facets of intensive care. You will find your training to be intensive, exhilarating and rewarding as you become qualified to provide complex care to our most challenging patients.

Our program’s goal is to train general and specialty surgeons as leaders in surgical critical care. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and participates in the National Resident Matching Program. The fellowship is based in the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery in the Washington University Department of Surgery. The primary training site is the 24-bed Surgical/Burn/Trauma ICU at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a Level I trauma center and the flagship hospital of the 4,500-bed BJC HealthCare system. The program also includes training in multidisciplinary critical care of patients who occupy Barnes-Jewish Hospital's 118 critical care beds. Each fellow’s elective schedule is tailored to meet the trainee's individual career goals. Electives recently taken by our trainees include Cardiothoracic ICU, Medical ICU, Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU, Coronary Care Unit, Pediatric ICU, trauma surgery, infectious diseases, pulmonary disease, renal disease, anesthesiology, transesophageal echocardiogram, nutrition, radiology and research.

The resources available at Washington University are truly unmatched – during your fellowship, you will work closely with experts in the clinical care of ICU patients, renowned research investigators and leaders who are defining the future of surgical critical care on a national and international level. Your fellowship promises to be an exciting time, filled with extraordinary new knowledge and strategies for treating the sickest patients. We look forward to training you, to assisting you in identifying and refining your specific career goals and, most importantly, to helping you achieve them.

Douglas J.E. Schuerer MD, FACS, FCCM, Program Director