The Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine offers a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Two pathways are available for this fellowship.
Two Year, AAST Approved, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
In 2015, an Acute Care Surgery (ACS) Fellowship accredited by The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) was added as an opportunity for further advanced surgical training in a two year track. The curriculum has changed to the newly adopted experiential model, where a fellow is hired as an instructor level staff member with oversight and supervision by acute care surgery faculty—a transition to practice. This second year is structured to increase autonomy, lead residents through operative cases and build upon both teaching instructor and research skills while still having continued mentoring by academic surgeons. The fellow splits the year between both Level I trauma centers to provide exposure to different systems of care.
Presently, a single fellow continues to the second year. However, the program has been approved for three positions with the expectation of expansion. The designated ACS fellow will rotate onto a vascular service at a neighboring hospitals during their first year. During the second year, the fellow rotates in cardiothoracic service for a one month and the hepatopancreatobiliary service several weeks a year to fulfill the required caseload.