Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Director: Thomas A Geng, Jr., DO
Positions: 3

The PCOM 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 seven board-certified surgical intensivists is augmented by two dedicated neurointensivists. Fellows in the program will spend nine months in the intensive care unit and at least two 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 eight 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.

Fellows will benefit from dedicated didactic sessions for the PCOM Surgical Critical Care Fellowship while at Reading Hospital. These sessions include a surgical critical care journal club monthly, a surgical critical care board review session monthly and a Department of Surgery morbidity and mortality meeting 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.

Participating Healthcare Sites

Reading Hospital and Medical Center West Reading, PA
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Philadelphia, PA
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA



Fellows will participate in daily teaching rounds, attend monthly meetings of the surgical critical care faculty for board review and journal club, attend morbidity and mortality meetings twice per month, and participate in monthly grand rounds. Fellows will be expected to give lectures to the PCOM general surgery residents as well as students that are rotating on the trauma, surgical critical care and emergency surgery services of the hospital.

Application Process

Visit our How to Apply page for detailed information regarding the application process for the program.


Notice to Applicants

All applicants for the PCOM Residency programs must be legally authorized to work in the United States. 



Department of Graduate Medical Education

Department of Graduate Medical Education
4190 City Avenue, Suite 409
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 1-800-778-4723