Thank you for your interest in training in pediatric surgery at the University of Utah. The program was established in June 2011, and we became accredited in June 2012. We are affiliated with Primary Children’s Hospital, which is the sole training site for the fellow. The division has seven board certified pediatric surgeons who play a role in the training of the fellow. Primary Children’s serves patients from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, parts of Nevada and the entire state of Utah, providing a large case load and variety. We take on one new fellow every two years, with our next trainee starting in August 2017.
Training of the pediatric surgery fellow is the core educational mission of our division. We have therefore designed our clinical service to maximize the educational benefit for our fellow. This typified by our decision to have only a single fellow despite our high case volume. This assures that the fellow will do the most complex pediatric surgery cases from the first day of fellowship. It also helps us maintain the educational focus as it is simply impossible for a single fellow to meet all of the service requirements of the division.
The clinical service is supported by our experienced nurse practitioners, which allows the fellow to focus on the most complex and educational clinical problems. The fellow has one day per week dedicated to outpatient clinical experience. The fellow takes six nights of call per month. This is designed to provide an experience in emergency surgery and trauma care while not being overly burdensome. The fellow receives an additional daily stipend for call.