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The Surgical Critical Care & Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship is committed to a comprehensive and integrated experience in trauma, emergency general surgery (in the broadest sense), and surgical critical care. The fellowship is devoted to patient care, with clinical, research, and didactic components. The clinical component includes experience gained by direct patient responsibility under supervision of teaching faculty and independent study on relevant topics. Research may be conducted on a wide variety of critical care projects, and the opportunity to take master’s level classes at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in biostatistics and research methods exists. The didactic component involves taking part in multidisciplinary rounds, teaching rounds, and conferences. Through this educational experience at one of the country’s premier Level-I trauma centers and safety net institutions, as well as a University hospital and affiliated community hospitals, our program provides fellows with the training to become academic leaders in this emerging discipline. 

The Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship at the University of Colorado/Denver Health Medical Center (UCH/DHMC) is the first year of a two-year Surgical Critical Care & Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship program. It is an ACGME/RRC approved training program, whose goal is to educate fellows in the advanced care of critically ill and injured patients.  The educational program is designed to provide the SCC Fellow with an education in the principles and practice of state-of-the art surgical critical care by exposing them to a broad array of surgical illnesses; this is accomplished through teaching rounds, primary patient care, educational conferences, and specialized rotations. Didactic components of the program include:

By the completion of training, the SCC Fellow is expected to demonstrate proficiency in surgical critical care decision making, specific organ system support, evaluation of new technology and treatment techniques, ICU administration, outcomes assessment, research design, and interaction with patients, families, and health care personnel. These clinical goals will be accomplished by providing the fellow with a position dedicated to the intensive care units at UCH/DHMC.

Fellowship training will consist of twelve months with rotational experience in trauma, cardiac, burn, ultrasound, and general surgical critical care. Rotations include:

  • 6 months Surgical ICU at Denver Health Medical Center
  • 3 months Surgical Trauma ICU at the University of Colorado Hospital
  • 2 months Cardiothoracic ICU at the University of Colorado Hospital
  • 1 month ultrasound at Denver Health Medical Center and the University of Colorado Hospital
  • 1 month Burn ICU at the University of Colorado Hospital

The broad experience gained through a diverse faculty and programmatic elements prepares the Fellow for their board examinations as well as a career in either academic or private practice.

University of Colorado Anschutz Campus

How to Apply

The Surgical Critical Care & Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship is a two-year program. All applicants for the fellowship should be interested in completing the full two-year training program.

Applicants must successfully complete General Surgery training in one of the following:

  • An ACGME accredited program.
  • A Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accredited residency program.
  • A program dually accredited by â€‹both the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and ACGME.

Applicants must also be American Board of Surgery certified or eligible to apply for our fellowship program through SAFAS.

Two Surgical Critical Care fellows are chosen yearly in the match sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All applicants must register with the NRMP match to be considered. After successful completion of the first year of the fellowship, fellows matriculate to Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in their second year.

Applications and all supporting materials should be entered on the SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). For questions, refer to the SAFAS applicant instructions.

The following are required for applications:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcript
  • ABSITE transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be written by the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency program

For 2023 fellowship applicants, SAFAS will open March 1, 2022, and applications are due July 31, 2022. Match day will be September 7, 2022.


Trina Smidt
Education Manager
Interim Program Coordinator, Burn Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care and TACS Fellowships
Office of Education, Department of Surgery
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12631 E. 17th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045 | Mail Stop C-291
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