Burn Surgery Fellowship

About the Program

The burn fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics provides an exceptional opportunity for an in-depth experience in the management of the entire spectrum of care surrounding burns, complex wounds in a critical care setting.

UI Hospitals & Clinics is Iowa’s only comprehensive burn center, with pediatric and adult burn and wound admissions averaging 500 annually. Our burn treatment center has been verified by the American Burn Association since 1996, and the hospital has been designated by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients.

Many of our past fellows have combined the one-year burn fellowship with an additional one-year surgical critical care fellowship. This comprehensive program offering provides our fellows with the training to sit for the American Board of Surgery Examination in Surgical Critical Care.

Here are our program qualifications

For the burn fellowship

  • Two years of an ACGME-accredited general or plastic surgery residency.
    We also encourage international graduates with general or plastic surgical training to apply.

For the surgical care fellowship

  • Three years of an ACGME-accredited procedure-oriented residency, such as in one of these disciplines—General Surgery, Surgical Subspecialties, Anesthesia, Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, candidates are expected to be certifiable (or already be certified) by the American board of their specialty.

Here are our further considerations for the burn fellowship:

  • Ideal burn fellowship candidates will have completed or be near completion of an ACGME General Surgery or Plastic Surgery residency and be eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery.
  • Applicants interested in stepping out of their general surgery or plastics residency are reviewed on an individual basis, and must have completed at least two years of residency.
  • We evaluate international graduates on an individual basis. Individuals with J-1 and H1b visas are encouraged to apply.

A remarkable place to complete your training

UI Hospitals & Clinics and the Iowa City area make for an unbeatable place to do your training.

The environment at UI Hospitals & Clinics is optimized for patient care, teaching, and research. You will have a rich exposure to a variety of surgical and critical care disciplines. You’ll have the convenience of finding all these resources in one place.

That one place is located in a vibrant community setting, where it’s possible to bike or walk from a comfortable neighborhood to our medical center. Because we’re part of a vibrant Big Ten university campus, you’ll find arts, sports, entertainment, and recreation activities abound. 

Fellowship Structure

The fellow will have clinical duties exclusively caring for patients on the Burn Surgery Service or patients on the Plastic Surgery Service for whom the burn fellow has provided surgical intervention. Under the supervision of the faculty member(s), the fellow will be responsible for guiding the junior residents in all aspects of burn care.  Burn care lectures to the residents, medical students, and other staff members are encouraged.

Volume of Surgery

The Burn Service performs approximately 375 operations each year at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. The staff assists on all operations. Each fellow can expect to perform over 200 major procedures during their fellowship. Although the preponderance of surgical cases involves acute burn surgery, complex wound care and burn reconstruction procedures are also part of the surgical cases. Procedures such as escharotomies, bronchoscopies, and conscious sedation are all performed in the Burn Treatment Center on a regular basis.

Organization of the Burn Surgery Service

The Burn Surgery Service at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics consists of three faculty members, one burn fellow, one second year resident and one intern. The call coverage is from home and is primarily back up.

The fellow will round daily with the resident team providing close supervision, and will round with the charge nurse and rehab when available. Weekend rounds will be limited to weekends when the R1 is rounding. Nighttime/weekend call responsibilities include backing up the R1 when s/he is on call.

The Physician Assistant on the service ultimately works directly with the faculty; however, their input should be included in patient care. The residents and fellow have no supervisory role over the Physician Assistant.

Resident Educational Program and Teaching Conferences

Multidisciplinary educational lectures are held weekly, providing instruction on burn resuscitation, inhalation injuries, electrical and chemical burns, necrotizing acute soft tissue infections, and wound care. Morbidity and Mortality conference is held weekly within the Department of Surgery. The Division of Acute Care Surgery holds a monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference where Burn Surgery Service cases are discussed. Journal Club is presented once a month as is the Research Conference. The burn surgery fellow is allowed one national meeting per year that is financially supported by the Burn Treatment Center. Additional meeting time if the fellow is making a scientific presentation is negotiable.

Clinical and Research Facilities

Clinical Facilities

The Burn Treatment Center is one of the 50 burn centers in the United States officially verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons.  The center includes a 16-bed critical and intermediate care inpatient unit plus the Burn Surgery Clinic, which has approximately 2,500 outpatient visits annually. All acute burn patients are evaluated within the Burn Treatment Center.

The fellow will round daily with the resident team providing close supervision, and will round with the charge nurse and rehab when available. Weekend rounds will be limited to weekends when the R1 is rounding. Nighttime/weekend call responsibilities include backing up the R1 when s/he is on call. We strictly adhere to RRC guidelines regarding work schedules and duty hours.

The Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioners on the service ultimately work directly with the faculty members; however, their input should be included in patient care. The residents and fellow have no supervisory role over the Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioners.

Research Facilities

The fellow is encouraged to participate in research projects throughout the year by participating on projects currently underway or by creating new projects.  The faculty on the Burn Surgery Service are continually conducting clinical research.  In addition, there are animal research laboratories available with University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

How to Apply

Ideal candidates for our program must have completed or be completing an ACGME approved General Surgery or Plastic Surgery residency and be eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery.  Applicants interested in stepping out of their General Surgery or Plastic Surgery residency for fellowship are reviewed on an individual basis.  J-1 and H1b visas are encouraged to apply.  Our program selects one candidate each year.

To apply, forward the following material to the University of Iowa Surgical Education office at surgical-education@uiowa.edu:

Required documents

  • Microsoft Office document iconCompleted burn surgery fellowship application form
  • Current curriculum Vitae with research experience and publications listed
  • Letter of recommendation from your current program director
  • Two letters of recommendation from instructors who are familiar with your work
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE report for Step 1, 2, 2CS, and 3
  • ABSITE Report (if applicable)
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

Our People

Program Leadership

Lucy Wibbenmeyer, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Burn Fellowship
lucy-wibbenmeyer@uiowa.edu

Brandee Baker
Program Coordinator
Burn Surgery Fellowship
brandee-baker@uiowa.edu​

Alumni Fellows

Ghassan Al-Ramahi, MD2015-2016
Hadi Shaaban, DO2012-2013
Anas Eid, MD2010-2011
Nicole Bernal, MD2009-2010
Gaurav Chandra, MD2008-2009
Shady Hayek, MD2007-2008
Joseph Chung, MD2005-2007
Roy Danks, DO2001-2002
David Robinson, MD1992-1993
Timothy Bower, MD1989-1990
Mary Jeanne Krob, MD1983-1984
Maja Sandberg, MD1982-1983

Faculty and Support Staff

Faculty

Thomas Granchi, MD, MBA
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Director, Burn Treatment Center

Lucy Wibbenmeyer, MD
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Director, Burn Fellowship

Burn Support Staff

Linda Ahrens, Division Secretary