University of Southern California and LAC Medical Center

Affiliated with University of Southern California — Los Angeles, CA

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Positions available: 5
  • Salary: (PGY-6)
  • Program Director: Kenji Inaba, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Last updated: February 05, 2014

The Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Southern California offers five (5) fellowship positions. Three (3) of these are 2-year positions and two (2) are for 1-year only, one (1) of which is a dedicated Burn-Critical Care position. All five positions include an ACGME accredited year of Surgical Critical Care. The 2-year positions have an additional year as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Southern California as the Assistant Unit Chief of one of the four Acute Care Surgery Services. This second year is a dedicated year of hands-on clinical training in Trauma and Emergency Surgery at one of the busiest American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 trauma Centers in the country.

The Surgical Critical Care year has been fully accredited by the ACGME, receiving maximum 5 year accreditation with commendation and zero deficiencies. Graduates are eligible to sit the American Board of Surgery certification examination for added qualification in Surgical Critical Care. All of our graduates have passed their examination on their first attempt since the inception of the program. There is a comprehensive educational program in place with weekly core lectures on Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery topics and a weekly journal club. Daily, the team meets in the Surgical ICU with the Division chief, Dr. Demetriades, the Program Director, Dr. Inaba or one of the attending surgeons for clinical teaching rounds, focusing on all aspects of the care of the critically ill patient from the pre-hospital care phase through to the critical decision making nodes in the operating room and post-operative critical care. There is a state of the art fresh tissue dissection laboratory and skill center with a fellow level educational program in place.
We are currently accepting applications from board eligible surgeons who have completed a minimum of three (3) years of post-graduate training at an accredited general surgery program in the United States or Canada. Strong preference will be given to those who have completed their residency. California licensing is mandatory prior to the start of the fellowship.
Candidates will need to provide three letters of reference and a CV with current contact information. Interviews offers will be sent by email at the end of June. Interviews are conducted in July and August. All civilian positions are filled through the NRMP match.

How to apply  - (323) 409-8597 (phone)

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

Kenji Inaba, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
and Emergency Medicine
Division of Trauma & Critical Care
University of Southern California
LAC+USC Medical Center
Inpatient Tower, C5L100
2051 Marengo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Research opportunities

The program has a dedicated research fellowship and visiting scholars program. For any clinical fellows with an interest in research, ample opportunity and resources are available to pursue projects in multiple areas of investigation. Our fellows have an extensive publication history and have received numerous nationally recognized awards for research excellence.

About the hospital

  • Beds: 650
  • ICU beds: 40
  • Annual trauma admissions: 5000
  • Trauma faculty: 9

Fellowship procedures

  • Blunt trauma: 75%
  • Penetrating trauma: 25%


2051 Marengo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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