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:
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.
During the second year of the fellowship, the TACS Fellow acquires a comprehensive knowledge of critical care, trauma, emergency general surgery, advanced operative skills, and procedural techniques in thoracic and vascular surgery. Under the supervision of attending faculty members, the TACS Fellow will be the physician responsible for patient evaluation, care, and intervention of all acutely ill surgical patients. TACS Fellows complete the following rotations:
In these rotations, the TACS fellow acquires advanced operative skills and procedural techniques. Recent graduates have performed over 100 thoracic cases, 75-100 vascular cases, over 200 ICU procedures, and over 500 elective, urgent, and trauma cases.
The TACS Fellow takes call once a week under the supervision of the TACS attending surgeon. Call at Denver Health Medical Center embodies this paradigm of training, as the Fellow evaluates and operates on patients with trauma as well as thoracic, vascular, abdominal, neurologic, and orthopaedic emergencies.
TACS training at the UCH/DHMC is the finest paradigm of training which incorporates Level 1 trauma center care, comprehensive surgical critical care training, and an expanded hands-on training in complex vascular, thoracic, and GI surgery in a setting where the faculty and institution are fully committed to an Acute Care Surgery model of practice.
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:
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:
For 2023 fellowship applicants, SAFAS will open March 1, 2022, and applications are due July 31, 2022. Match day will be September 7, 2022.
Dr. Alexandra Ferre was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She attended Universidad Central de Venezuela for medical school before immigrating to the United States with her family where she completed a year of research at Cleveland Clinic Weston. After her research, she matched to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio for her surgical residency.
During her surgical residency, she developed a love for trauma and acute care surgery. She worked on several EAST practice management guidelines. As a resident, she won several research awards as well as the prestigious EAST Oriens award. She has published manuscripts throughout her residency and presented at multiple national meetings.
Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family, getting outdoors, and exercising. She loves exploring the State and National Parks with her wife and two dogs. She is a marathoner and triathlete and is excited to take advantage of all the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer.
Dr. Coleoglou Centeno was born and raised in Bolivar, Venezuela. His mother, an Internal Medicine physician, inspired him to become a Doctor. After graduating from high school, he attended medical school in his hometown at the Universidad De Oriente, where he graduated at the top of his class. Dr. Coleoglou started his general surgery residency in Caracas, at one the busiest and largest trauma centers in the country, that is when his passion and dedication for the trauma surgery field started.
Due to the political turmoil of Venezuela, Dr. Coleoglou left his country, residency program and moved to the United States. His continued interest in trauma surgery led him to take a position as a postdoctoral research fellow at Washington University in St. Louis in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery where he spent 2 years and was involved in many presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Coleoglou went to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for his general surgery residency training. During his chief year he became the Chair of the Chief Residents for the House Staff Association and participated in multiple committees within the University.
Outside of the OR, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his husband, 2 dogs and 3 cats, going to the gym, and exploring new restaurants and breweries. He is very excited to live in Denver with his family and join the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at the University of Colorado/Denver Health.
Dr. Jennifer Baker was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania where she enjoyed outdoor pursuits of skiing and cycling. She attended Washington & Jefferson College, where she majored in cell & molecular biology. After college, she moved across the state and attended Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Her interest in medical research and surgery blossomed and participated in College within a College Translational Research Track.
Ultimately, Dr. Baker found herself at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for surgical residency. During her research years, she participated in both translational and clinical research and nurtured her love of trauma and acute care surgery. She won numerous research award and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha for her academic pursuits.
Outside of the operating room, she enjoys spending time running, hiking, cycling, and skiing. She and her husband are excited for extended hikes with their dogs Roxy and Brooks. In addition to outdoor activities, she enjoys cooking and exploring breweries.