Cooper University Hospital

Affiliated with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University — Camden, NJ

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Positions available: 3
  • Salary:
  • Program Director: Salina Wydo, MD, FACS

Last updated: May 28, 2024


The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship program at Cooper University Hospital has been active since 1985, training a wide range of both community and academic trauma surgeons and surgical intensivists. The fellowship is a one-year program which supports three fellows.

Cooper University Hospital is located in Camden, NJ, and serves as the only Level I Adult Trauma Center for Southern New Jersey (a catchment of approximately 2.5 million people). With approximately 4100 annual admissions to the service (> 5000 total patient contacts), Cooper is also South Jersey’s major tertiary referral center for trauma, critical care, and acute care surgery.

Additionally, Cooper University Hospital is a ACS verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Centers, and the only pediatric trauma center for South Jersey: greater than 10% of our admissions are under 15 years of age. There is a six bed dedicated PICU and dedicated pediatric critical care physicians assisting in the management of those patients, though primary responsibility for surgical and medical patient management decisions remains with the trauma team.

The Fellowship is designed to provide strong education and training in both surgical critical care and trauma, with broad patient exposure in both areas. Approximately 65% of the admissions to our 28 bed ICU are trauma-related, and the remainder are an assortment of patients from vascular, oncology, head and neck, colorectal and other surgical specialties – representing the most critically ill patients admitted to Cooper. A strong Medical Critical Care Program provides opportunity for multispecialty conferences and education.

The majority of educational opportunities take place at the bedside: eight months will be spent in the trauma/surgical ICU, with other rotations in the medical ICU and on directed trauma resuscitation. Additionally, customized electives will be available to suit the Fellows' interests.

The Fellows take in-house call as a member of the Trauma and ICU team, as do the Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Faculty. Fellows engage actively in the operative care of trauma patients, and perform bedside procedures/operations in the Trauma/Surgical ICU as are indicated.

Additionally, the Fellows are expected to develop as educators, participating in the instruction of junior residents and medical students. The Fellows will be encouraged and enabled to become certified as instructors for ATLS, as well as ASSET, both of which are regularly hosted at our institution.

Program started 1985

How to apply  - (856) 963-3985 (phone) , (856) 365-7582 (fax)

Qualifications: All PGY- 5 surgical residents who will complete their general surgical residency by June 30th are eligible. Those surgical residents that have completed three years of surgical residency by June 30th, who are in a categorical surgical residency program expected to complete the program, are also eligible to apply.

Applications are accepted through SAFAS. For further information, please visit us at

Research opportunities

Fellows are expected to participate in research activities during their time at Cooper. Our clinical research section, under the lead of Anna Goldenberg DO, Director of Trauma Research, is very active, and there is opportunity for animal laboratory research. Dedicated research time is made available on an individual basis to those Fellows who wish to further their own scientific investigations.

About the hospital

  • Beds: 554
  • ICU beds: 64
  • Annual ED visits: 90000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 4100
  • Trauma faculty: 14

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 150
  • General surgical: 5%
  • Trauma: 95%
  • Blunt trauma: 70%
  • Penetrating trauma: 30%


1 Cooper Plaza
Camden, NJ 08103


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