University of California, Davis Health

Affiliated with University of California, Davis — Sacramento, CA

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Positions available: 4
  • Salary: $65000-$70000
  • Program Director: Christine S. Cocanour, MD, FACS, FCCM

Last updated: February 09, 2024

The University of California, Davis Health System is the only academic, tertiary care referral center for all of inland Northern California. The Department of Surgery provides comprehensive service for complex surgical problems in gastrointestinal, vascular, oncologic, and endocrine surgery. There are active clinical and academic programs in both pediatric and adult cardiac surgery. The 577-bed hospital also contains the only Burn Unit in the area and is the sole Level I trauma center for a catchment area of over 2.5 million people. The medical center has critical care units dedicated to neonatology, pediatrics, medicine, cardiology, burns, neurosurgery, general and vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and trauma. There are a total of over 100 intensive care unit beds, one of the highest percentages of ICU beds in the United States, and a reflection of the medical center's role as a major regional referral center for complex critical care, trauma, and burns.

Fellowship rotations are designed to provide exposure to a range of pathology and critical surgical disease. This includes dedicated time in burn surgery, medical intensive care, and trauma and acute care surgery. Fellows will also be involved in critical care consultation for patients on the neurosurgery, orthopedic, otorhinolaryngology, urology, gynecology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, and pediatric surgery services.

The Department of Surgery strongly embraces surgeons being involved with all aspects of critical care management and this philosophy is an underlying principle of the Fellowship. Fellows will learn complex fluid management, principles of surgical nutrition, hemodynamic monitoring and mechanical ventilation.

Fellows will work with residents in the Departments of Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesia and be responsible for some resident and medical student teaching and administrative duties. Fellows will take Trauma and Acute Care Surgery call where they will then be given the opportunity to work as junior attendings with experienced faculty present as needed.

Fellows will be expected to participate in a clinical research or quality improvement project during their training. Active basic science research opportunities are in thrombosis and hemostasis, blood transfusion medicine, immunology, surgical nutrition, and the pathophysiology of shock and resuscitation. Fellows can elect to participate in these basic science endeavors. There are also ongoing efforts in clinical outcomes research, quality improvement, education and data science.

The 1-year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program participates in the match to fill 4 positions. Two ACGME positions with a focus on Burn Surgery are available and filled through the Burn Surgery Fellowship Program at UC Davis. Applications are reviewed and invitations extended for interviews starting in April. Interviews for the program are conducted from May through July. A second year of training and career development that is tailored to the needs and interests of suitable applicants is available.

Program started 1991

How to apply  - (916) 734-5638 (phone) , (916) 734-5638 (fax)

Qualifications: Completion of surgical residency and board eligibility preferable.

Christine S. Cocanour, MD, FACS, FCCM
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Department of Surgery
UC Davis Health
2335 Stockton Boulevard, NAOB 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95817

About the hospital

  • Beds: 625
  • ICU beds: 100
  • Annual ED visits: 60000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 4000
  • Trauma faculty: 19

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 3000
  • General surgical: 33%
  • Trauma: 67%
  • Blunt trauma: 87%
  • Penetrating trauma: 13%


2335 Stockton Blvd, NAOB 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95817


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