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University of Colorado / Denver Health Medical Center

Affiliated with University of Colorado Health Sciences Center — Denver, CO

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Positions available: 1
  • Salary: $57,000
  • Program Director: C. Clay Cothren, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Last updated: September 09, 2011

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME/RRC approved training program, whose goal is to educate fellows in the advanced care of critically ill and injured patients. Rotational experience includes trauma, cardiac, burn, and pediatric, as well as general surgical critical care. The fellowship is designed to provide the critical care resident (CCR) 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. By the completion of training, the CCR 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 CCR with a position dedicated to the intensive care units at Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC), The Children's Hospital of Denver (TCH), and the University of Colorado Hospitals (UCHSC). Training will consist of twelve months: eight dedicated to General Surgical Critical Care, one to Pediatric Critical Care, one to Burn Critical Care, one to Cardiothoracic Critical Care, and one to research.

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (TACS) encompasses trauma and non-trauma surgical emergencies, as well as surgical critical care. Individuals trained in TACS will be qualified to provide comprehensive emergent surgical and critical care to trauma and non-trauma conditions in virtually any body region or organ system. Through this integrated educational experience, we are providing residents with the training to become academic leaders in this emerging discipline. The TACS curriculum is designed to build on the oncepts and skills obtained during a 5-year General Surgery residency. The first year of the fellowship focuses on surgical critical care in an ACGME/RRC approved training program. Rotational experience includes trauma, cardiac, burn, and pediatric, as well as general surgical critical care.

The broad experience gained through a diverse faculty and programmatic elements should prepare the fellow for their board examinations as well as their future career.

During the second year of the fellowship, the resident will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of critical care, trauma, and emergency general surgery as well as 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. Specific rotations on thoracicsurgery, vascular surgery, transplant/hepatobiliary surgery,
orthopedics, neurosurgery and interventional radiology will expand the general knowledge base and specific technical skills of the fellow.

Acute Care Surgery rotations incorporate elective general, thoracic, and vascular surgery cases, surgical critical care, and emergent trauma and non-trauma cases. On call at DHMC entails the evaluation of patients with trauma, critical illness, thoracic, vascular, abdominal, neurologic, and orthopedic emergencies.

The TACS fellow is expected to participate in ongoing research at one of the parent institutions. Additionally, the fellow will be instructed in trauma system design and disaster management.

Program started 2003

How to apply

Qualifications: Board eligible general surgeons.

C. Clay Cothren, MD FACS
Program Director
Surgical Critical Care and TACS Fellowships
Department of Surgery
Denver Health Medical Center
777 Bannock Street, MC 0206
Denver, CO 80204

About the hospital

  • Beds: 420
  • ICU beds: 25
  • Annual ED visits: 60000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 3500
  • Trauma faculty: 6

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 2000
  • General surgical: 92%
  • Trauma: 8%
  • Blunt trauma: 85%
  • Penetrating trauma: 15%


777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204

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