Christiana Care Health System

Affiliated with Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia — Newark, DE

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary: $60,131
  • Program Director: Gerard J. Fulda, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.

Last updated: September 09, 2011

The clinical fellowship in Surgical Critical Care (SCC) provides a formal, intellectual environment for acquiring the knowledge, skill, clinical judgment, and attitude essential to the practice of Surgical Critical Care in an ACGME approved program. The program is designed to provide advanced critical care training to graduates of approved surgical residencies (or selected surgical residents above the PGY-3 level) to acquire expertise as a practitioner, consultant, and teacher in critical care. The program emphasizes scholarship, self-instruction, development of critical analysis of clinical problems, the ability to prioritize patient care needs, and the ability to make appropriate decisions. Although clinical care and didactic instruction are the backbone of this experience, the Fellow constantly participates in research and administrative activities. In addition, the SCC Fellow is specifically involved in continual graduate (house staff) and undergraduate (medical student) medical education. It is hoped that this fellowship experience will result in a well-rounded surgeon who has the tools for a leadership position in Surgical Critical Care and who has learned to function in an intensive care unit (ICU), providing quality, cost-effective care. Upon successful completion the fellow will be eligible to sit for the ABS Surgical Critical Care Examination.

The academic structure of the Surgical Critical Care program will provide in-depth knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of critically ill patients. The majority of the clinical and educational training centers around a 22-bed Surgical Critical Care Complex (SCCC) and an 8-bed Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CVICU). The SCC Service (SCCS) participates in the care of patients in a wide spectrum of surgical subspecialties, including Trauma, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Plastic Surgery.

The core of the didactic component of the SCC fellowship consists of educational lecture series, which the Fellow is expected to attend. This series, focused at the level of the Fellow and faculty, alternates between a research conference, didactic lecture, journal club, and morbidity and mortality conference. The SCC Fellow also attends the weekly Trauma Service Multidisciplinary Conference and the Department of Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference. The Fellow is expected to complete than assist in teaching the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Course, which is provided yearly.

Program started 2002

How to apply

Qualifications: Completion of General Surgery Residency.

Gerard J. Fulda, MD, FACS, FCCM
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Surgical Critical Care Office – Room 2325
Newark, DE 19713

About the hospital

  • Beds: 780
  • ICU beds: 30
  • Annual ED visits: 130000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 3500
  • Trauma faculty: 7

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 45000
  • General surgical: 15%
  • Trauma: 85%
  • Blunt trauma: 80%
  • Penetrating trauma: 20%


401 E Delaware Ave
Newark, DE 19713


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