University of Colorado / Denver Health Medical Center

Affiliated with University of Colorado School of Medicine — Denver, CO

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary: $70,961.00
  • Program Director: Clay Cothren Burlew, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Last updated: August 06, 2020

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME/RRC approved training program, whose goal is to educate fellows in the advanced care of critically ill and injured patients. Rotational experience includes trauma, cardiac, burn, and pediatric, as well as general surgical critical care. The fellowship is designed to provide the critical care fellow with an education in the principles and practice of state-of-the art surgical critical care, by exposing them to a broad array of surgical illnesses; this is accomplished through teaching rounds, primary patient care, educational conferences, and specialized rotations. By the completion of training, the CCF is expected to demonstrate proficiency in surgical critical care decision making, specific organ system support, evaluation of new technology and treatment techniques, ICU administration, outcomes assessment, research design, and interaction with patients, families, and health care personnel. These clinical goals will be accomplished by providing the CCF with a position dedicated to the intensive care units at Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) and the University of Colorado Hospital. Training will consist of twelve months: eight dedicated to General Surgical Critical Care, one to Burn Critical Care, two to Cardiothoracic Critical Care, and one to ECHO/ultrasound.

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (TACS) encompasses trauma and non-trauma surgical emergencies, as well as surgical critical care. Individuals trained in TACS will be qualified to provide comprehensive emergent surgical and critical care to trauma and non-trauma conditions in virtually any body region or organ system. Through this integrated educational experience, we are providing fellows with the training to become academic leaders. The TACS curriculum is designed to build on the concepts and skills obtained during a 5-year General Surgery residency. The first year of the fellowship focuses on surgical critical care in an ACGME/RRC approved training program. Rotational experience includes trauma, cardiac, burn, and pediatric, as well as general surgical critical care.

The broad experience gained through a diverse faculty and programmatic elements should prepare the fellow for their board examinations as well as their future career.

During the second year of the fellowship, the resident will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of critical care, trauma, and emergency general surgery as well as advanced operative skills and procedural techniques in thoracic and vascular surgery. Under the supervision of attending faculty members, the TACS fellow will be the physician responsible for patient evaluation, care, and intervention of all acutely ill surgical patients. Specific rotations on thoracicsurgery, vascular surgery, transplant/hepatobiliary surgery, will expand the general knowledge base and specific technical skills of the fellow.

Acute Care Surgery rotations incorporate elective general, thoracic, and vascular surgery cases, surgical critical care, and emergent trauma and non-trauma cases. On call at DHMC entails the evaluation of patients with trauma, critical illness, thoracic, vascular, abdominal, neurologic, and orthopedic emergencies.

The TACS fellow is expected to participate in ongoing research at one of the parent institutions. Additionally, the fellow will be instructed in trauma system design and disaster management.

Program started 2003

How to apply

Qualifications: Board eligible general surgeons.

All candidates must submit their application through the SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Site (SAFAS):

About the hospital

  • Beds: 420
  • ICU beds: 25
  • Annual ED visits: 60000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 3500
  • Trauma faculty: 6

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 2000
  • General surgical: 92%
  • Trauma: 8%
  • Blunt trauma: 85%
  • Penetrating trauma: 15%


777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204

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