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Admissions Process

All applicants to the Surgical Critical Care (SCC) and Acute Care Surgery (ACS) Fellowship at IU School of Medicine apply through the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS) and select either the one-year track (surgical critical care only) or the two-year track (surgical critical care and acute care surgery).

The one-year option interviews residents who have completed a minimum of three years of general surgery training.

The two-year option only interviews residents who have completed a general surgery residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) prior to starting the fellowship. Individuals pursuing the two-year fellowship pathway must be eligible for a full and unrestricted medical license in the State of Indiana.

Admissions Committee

Applications are reviewed and selected by a committee led by Program Director Mark Falimirski, MD, FACS and Associate Program Director Michelle Laughlin, MD.
17113-Falimirski, Mark

Mark E. Falimirski, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

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12983-Laughlin, Michelle

Michelle R. Laughlin, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

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Application Materials

Applications for both pathways should include:

  • Photo
  • SAFAS application form
  • Updated CV
  • Personal statement
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores (Step 1, 2, and 3 must be completed)
  • All American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) scores

Further information about the fellowship can be obtained by contacting the fellowship coordinator, Vara Bonnell. Email communication is preferred.