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Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
The Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine offers a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Two pathways are available for this fellowship, described below.
- Surgical Critical Care is a one-year training program for eligible candidates who have completed at least three progressive clinical years in surgery, anesthesia, or OB-GYN.
- Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery is a two-year training program for eligible candidates who have completed five years of general surgery training from an ACGME-accredited residency program. The Surgical Critical Care year falls under the ACGME accreditation. The Acute Care Surgery year follows the Surgical Critical Care, and falls under the governance of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST).
The Surgical Critical Care year offers 10 months of surgical critical care at our three downtown hospitals: IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, and Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital. Both Methodist and Eskenazi Hospital are Level 1 trauma centers. Two months are utilized as elective trauma surgery months. If the Surgical Critical Care fellow is in the two year program, they will receive one trauma surgery month and one elective vascular surgery month.
The Acute Care Surgery year is structured as a “transition to practice” year. The fellow is given a junior clinical instructor faculty appointment with some months designated strictly in certain surgical areas (example: cardiothoracic), with the rest of the year working with the Methodist Trauma and Emergency General Surgery teams. This year is structured to increase autonomy, lead junior level residents through operative cases, and build upon both teaching instructor and research skills.