University of California: San Diego - Medical Center

Affiliated with University of California, San Diego — San Diego, CA

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Positions available: 4
  • Salary: PGY6
  • Program Director: Jay Doucet, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, RDMS

Last updated: January 19, 2019

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year on April 1, 2019.

One year ACGME-accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship or two-year AAST Acute Care Surgery Fellowship (approval pending) including ACGME-accredited Surgical Critical Care beginning August 1, 2020. Strong emphasis on Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. The academic, university-based Level I Trauma Center features over 3,000 trauma admissions (90% blunt, 10% penetrating), 2,000 critical care admissions to a 20 bed SICU, and 1,000 acute care surgery admissions per year at UC San Diego Health at Hillcrest. Rotations also available in our Regional Burn Center in burn critical care. At the UC San Diego Health at La Jolla campus our second 12 bed SICU features critical care for complex surgical procedures in surgical oncology, complex spine and joint reconstruction and liver transplant. Cardiovascular surgical critical care, including exposure to ECMO and assist devices is taught at the 24 bed CVICU at the LaJolla campus. The Acute Care Surgery Fellowship begins in the second year, with an initial period of in-depth supervised experience. The ACS fellow will undergo a graded increase in responsibility to the level of junior faculty in Acute Care Surgery including; trauma surgery, emergency general surgery and surgical critical care. The second year ACS fellow will have a faculty appointment and as an Instructor of Surgery, be credentialed as a member of the medical staff with admitting and operating room privileges. During the ACS second year, fellows will develop mastery of the physiology and management of acutely injured or critically ill surgical patients, principles of resuscitation, timing of operative intervention, critical care management, and the systems and resources required for high level care and assures that graduates can perform at high levels, independent of supervision. Special exposure to thoracic and vascular procedures occur in the second year. Electives in Orthopedic Trauma, Neurosurgical Trauma, Pediatric Trauma/ICU and Hepatobiliary/Transplant are available. Ample opportunity for clinical, epidemiology, outcomes, prevention and basic science research. Opportunity to become certified/instructor in ultrasound, ATLS, ATOM, ASSET, DMEP. An optional non-accredited/non-certified second year also available for clinical/basic science research, possibility of a master’s in clinical science (research) or master’s in public health, added qualification in Burn Surgery also appointment as a Clinical Instructor having clinical activity with protected time.

Program started 1985

How to apply

Qualifications: 1) Completion of approved general surgery residency,
2) California license (or eligibility) and Board eligible or certified by the American Board of Surgery,
3) Established ability as a teacher of medical students and residents.

The application period for the 2020-2021 will open on April 1, 2019.

To apply, please follow the link to access the Surgical critical care and Acute care surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS) website. Follow the instructions to register and create an account. Please be sure to upload supporting documents as requested.

Questions may be directed to Jay Doucet, MD, FACS, Program Director, Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns, and Acute Care Surgery, UC San Diego Health, Phone: 619/543-7107.

About the hospital

  • Beds: 645
  • ICU beds: 32
  • Annual ED visits: 57637
  • Annual trauma admissions: 3200
  • Trauma faculty: 9

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 1314
  • General surgical: 60%
  • Trauma: 40%
  • Blunt trauma: 90%
  • Penetrating trauma: 10%


200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103

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