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Hurley Medical Center Education & Research - Flint, Michigan

Trauma Surgery Fellowship Program

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Trauma Surgery Fellowships


Two fellowship positions offered at Hurley Medical Center

Both the Trauma Surgery Fellowship and the Advanced Trauma Surgery Fellowship (also known as the Trauma Research Fellowship) are a collaboration between Hurley Medical Center, Flint, and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Surgery, East Lansing. The one-year clinical fellowship concentrates on trauma evaluation, surgical care and critical care support for adults and children, while the one-year research fellowship focuses on research and other academic skills, as well as on clinical leadership.

The Trauma Surgery Fellowship of the MSU-CHM Department of Surgery is designed to train surgeons at the post-graduate year 5 level or higher in all phases of the care of the critically ill and injured surgical patient. It prepares the Fellow to function with advanced skills suited for either an academic or clinical career. Goals are to develop competence in all phases of trauma care and system organization. A certificate is awarded at the completion of the year. In addition, a second year of critical management can be arranged with several other accredited programs.

The Trauma Research Fellowship of the MSU-CHM Department of Surgery is designed to train surgeons at the post-graduate year 5 or higher. The goal is to prepare them to become career trauma researchers who are comfortable teaching residents and students as well as initiating research projects and leading clinical improvement efforts. It prepares the Fellow to function independently in research, community or interdisciplinary team settings, and to represent the institution locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.The fellow in the advanced fellowship position has an opportunity to receive a faculty appointment in the MSU-Surgery Department. A certificate is awarded at the completion of the year.

Strengths of Trauma Surgery Fellowship
and Trauma Research Fellowship

The facility, caseload, multidisciplinary team, and academic skill development are program strengths.


Hurley Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons, with dedicated trauma facilities and state-of-the-art technology. The 443-bed tertiary care public hospital serves as the primary training site for the Fellowship and is the care referral site for mid- and northeastern Michigan, with a catchment area of more than 1 million people.

Table, About Hurley Medical CenterWithin the institution are a 15-bed dedicated multidisciplinary Neuro/Trauma Intensive Care Unit, a 13-bed Burn Unit, and a 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for surgical critical care patients. Annually, about 1,600 are admitted to the trauma service with more than 350 transfers from more than 38 counties in Michigan. 


With such a large geographical region and with access to exclusive diagnostic tools, the Trauma Service caseload is broad and extensive. About 20% of the 1700 annual trauma admissions are penetrating injuries, with more than 150 major trauma operations per year. Management of blunt trauma and burn care also are part of the caseload.

Multidisciplinary Team

The multidisciplinary Trauma Critical Care Service is staffed by board-certified surgical intensivists, who provide supervision and educational opportunities for the Trauma Fellow in this major regional trauma center. The Facts about the fellowship at Hurley Medical CenterFellow, in turn, is supported by rotating third- and fourth-year surgical residents and a full complement of trauma physician assistants. The Fellow will gain exposure to a variety of disciplines, thanks to:

  • In-house, 24-hour board-certified attending trauma surgeons
  • 24-hour coverage: Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, Plastic, Vascular, ENT,
    Maxillofacial surgery
  • In-house Anesthesiologist available 24 hours
  • Region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Region’s only Burn Center
  • In-house Credentialed Adult/Pediatric Brain Rehab
  • 24- hour coverage for interventional radiology
  • Dedicated Neuro/Trauma ICU

Academic skill development

Types of cases (blunt trauma, 68%; penetrating trauma, 20%, etc.)The Trauma Surgery Fellow is provided the opportunity to become an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor and attend the annual Detroit Trauma Symposium. Since the institution houses many health educational programs, the Fellow also has a chance to develop teaching skills by presenting information to resident physicians, medical students, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Additional scholarly activity skills are acquired through trauma research.

The Trauma Research Fellow is provided an opportunity for a facuty appointment through MSU-CHM Department of surgery. He or she also will learn how to design and implement original research studies, analyze the results and present the findings. The advanced Fellow will work in interdiciplinary teams in research or performance improvement and wll hone presentation skills by teaching to other learners at Hurley Medical Center and also by presenting findings at professional and scientific conferences.

See Curriculum section

Candidates should send a Hurley Trauma Surgery Fellowship Application and the other items listed below to the program director.

Trauma Surgery Program Director

Dr. Michael McCann is program director of the Hurley Trauma FellowshipMichael McCann DO FACOS FACS returned to his alma mater to assume duties as program director of Hurley's Trauma Surgery Fellowship in 2012. He completed his own trauma fellowship at Hurley before taking on the role program director of the same fellowship.

Dr. McCann received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Western University of Health Services, Pomona, Calif. He completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University-Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc. He completed his trauma fellowship through a combined Henry Ford Health System-Hurley Medical Center fellowship program in Flint, followed by a trauma & surgical critical care fellowship at Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, Mich.

Prior to returning to Hurley, McCann was principal subinvestigator at Cotton-O'Neil Clinical Research Center in Topeka, Kansas, and trauma, general surgical, and critical surgeon - as well as trauma medical director and director of surgical intensive care - at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka.

Board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. McCann is on the faculty of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Surgery. He has special clinical interests in laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as extensive experience in endocrine, colorectal, esophageal, breast, and trauma surgery.

Michael McCann DO FACOS FACS

Director, Trauma Fellowship
Hurley Medical Center
One Hurley Plaza
7B Trauma Services Dept
Flint, MI 48503-5993

To apply

Photo of Dr. Michael McCann of Hurley Medical Center, talking to WNEM-TV5 about snow-shoveling safety (2013)Candidates should download the fellowship application and send it to Dr. McCann's attention at the address above. Include the following in your packet:

  • Hurley Trauma Fellowship Application
  • Passport-size photo (2x2 inches) 
  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates only)