Education and Curriculum

The Surgical Acute Care Fellow is exposed to a broad depth of patients and pathology. The Fellow will spend the majority of their training in the Trauma/Neuro and Med/Surg ICUs. The fellow will spend two months on the Trauma and Acute Care service (CTACC) as a junior attending. Additional time is spent in the CVICU mastering advanced cardiac critical care including Impella, Ventricular Assist Devices, and Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation.

Year 1 - Surgical Critical Care

Core Rotations
Trauma / Neuro / Med-Surg ICU 8 months
Trauma / Acute Care Surgery 1 month
Cardiovascular ICU 1 month
Cardiac Surgery 1 month


Year 2 - Acute Care Surgery

Acute Care Surgery 9 months
Thoracic Surgery 1 month
Vascular Surgery 1 month


Year 1

The ACS Fellow participates in the monthly combined Critical Care Conferences: Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality, and Journal Club. The Fellow is also encouraged to participate in the monthly Trauma Systems, Trauma Peer Review, and weekly Department of Surgery conferences, although these are not mandatory.

The ACS Fellow is given a travel stipend to travel to the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Annual Scientific Assembly held every January.

The ACS Fellow will also have the opportunity to attend and be certified in the following American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Educational Programs: 

  1. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Instructor
  2. Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)*

    *instructor if already ASSET certified

Year 2

The ACS fellow will participate in the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Trauma Grand Rounds and Video Review, Trauma Systems Meeting, and Trauma Peer Review. The ACS fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the Northern Virginia EMS council meetings and hospital-based committees such as Emergency Management, Critical Care, or Ethics committees.

The ACS Fellow will be provided a stipend to attend the Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s Annual Meeting in fall.