Indiana University offers two positions as a twelve month fellowship (July through June) focusing on all clinical aspects of acute and reconstructive burn care in both the adult and pediatric population.
The Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Hospital houses a fifteen bed inpatient burn unit, all beds with ICU capabilities, in addition to private burn operating rooms, procedure rooms, multi-disciplinary ancillary services, and the outpatient clinic. There are 300 admissions and 500 outpatient burns seen annually. The burn team is led by the plastic surgery division with assistance from the surgical and pulmonary critical care teams in managing burn resuscitations, inhalation injuries, burn physiology derangements, wound care, and surgical debridements and wound closure in our acute burn patients. The Speedway Burn Unit at Riley Hospital for Children houses a 10 bed burn unit, which is within walking distance from the adult hospital. There are 120 admissions and 400 outpatient burns seen annually.
There are dedicated advanced practice providers to assist with daily patient care, outpatient evaluations, and coordinating burn reconstructions. The burn team, with assistance from the PICU services, manages all medical aspects of acute burn care along with the surgical debridements, wound closures, and reconstructive procedures. The fellows have the opportunity to not only participate in acute burn management, but also outside hospital acceptance, pre-hospital management, post-burn reconstruction, traumatic road rash injuries, and desquamating dermatologic conditions. Providers are utilizing advanced wound coverage techniques including spray skin cells, cultured epithelial autografts, and dermal regenerative templates in addition to traditional autografting.
The reconstructive opportunities are robust as all patients are followed long term by the plastic surgery providers offering laser treatments, scar revisions, fat grafting, contracture releases, and tissue expansion if indicated. On call responsibilities are rotating in a home call format, assisted by other residents and advanced practice providers. The fellows are expected to participate in clinical research with the support of the burn unit resources, focused around some aspect of burn care, and submit work to one of the regional or the annual national burn meeting for presentation. There are weekly conferences on Monday mornings as case indications discussions and Wednesday mornings as didactics focused around a topic in reconstructive and plastic surgery. Additionally, the burn team joins in the trauma morbidity and mortality conference at Eskenazi quarterly. At the end of the completion of the burn fellowship, the fellows will be expected to be competent in taking care of burn patients from admission to discharge as well as their long term reconstructive needs.
Applicants should have completed a general surgery and/or a plastic surgery residency prior to fellowship initiation. Those who have completed a minimum of three years of training in a general surgery or plastic surgery residency will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Interested applicants should email the following credential and any additional questions to Sarah Owens ([email protected])
Jan 05, 2022