Riverside University Health System Medical Center

Affiliated with University of California Riverside — Moreno Valley, CA

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 year
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary: (PGY-6)
  • Program Director: Sara B. Edwards, MD MS FACS

Last updated: April 26, 2021


The Riverside University Health System Medical Center (RUHSMC), an ACS-COT verified Level I trauma center with 3500 admissions yearly, is home to the RUHS/University of California Riverside surgical critical care fellowship. With a commitment to medical and academic excellence, RUHSMC has residency programs in general surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, radiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Fellows, residents, and students from Loma Linda University and the University of California Riverside rotate on site to expand their educational experience. The Department of Surgery hosts a comprehensive range of care services: including general, vascular, oncologic, gastrointestinal, breast, plastics, thoracic, minimally invasive, and acute care surgery.

The Division of Acute Care Surgery has 8 full-time faculty caring for trauma, surgical ICU, emergency and elective general surgery patients. Fellows will acquire experience in surgical, medical, neurologic, cardiac, trauma, and burn critical care. We foster professional growth through scheduled didactics, interdisciplinary education rounds, committee participation, direct patient care, and extensive research opportunities.

Program started 2021

How to apply

h.rousseau@ruhealth.org  - (951) 486-4177 (phone)

Qualifications: California medical license and Board certification or eligibility in surgery from the ABS.

Applications are open for the RUHSMC ACGME-Accredited 1-year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program for academic years 2021 and 2022.

For the 2021 academic year application, please direct inquiry to Heather Rousseau, the Surgical Critical Care Program Coordinator at: h.rousseau@ruhealth.org

Applications for the 2022 academic year are filled through the NRMP match and may be submitted through the SAFAS portal at: http://www.safas.smapply.io/
Interviews will occur between April and September 2021.

Research opportunities

The faculty of the surgical critical care fellowship foster education and research opportunities for fellows to better our local community and to academically contribute on a national and international level. Fellows are supported to perform scholarly activity and are encouraged to participate with the hospital’s research institute, the Comparative Effectiveness and Clinical Outcomes Research Center (CECORC). CECORC serves as the hub of institutional research for RUHS with a dedicated full-time support staff of statisticians, trial coordinators and research personnel to facilitate faculty and trainee research endeavors. RUHS has a dedicated on-site Institutional Review Board to review and support medical center projects.

About the hospital

  • Beds: 439
  • ICU beds: 42
  • Annual ED visits: 75000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 3500
  • Trauma faculty: 7

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 1924
  • General surgical: 73%
  • Trauma: 27%
  • Blunt trauma: 85%
  • Penetrating trauma: 15%


26520 Cactus Avenue
Moreno Valley, CA 92555

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