Medical University of South Carolina

Affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina — Charleston, SC

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 year (with option for a second ACS year)
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary:
  • Program Director: Alicia Privette, MD, FACS

Last updated: March 15, 2024


Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is the tertiary, academic referral center for Eastern South Carolina. We are located in downtown Charleston SC. We are the only Level 1 trauma center serving the entire East Coast of South Carolina, a catchment area of about 1.5 million people, as well as the only Burn Center in the entire state. The medical center has critical care units dedicated to trauma/general surgery/burn, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, neurosurgery, medicine, cardiology, pediatrics and neonatology.

The Department of Surgery has divisions that are dedicated to General and Acute Care Surgery, Burn, Surgical Oncology, Vascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery. MUSC is also the tertiary referral center for the complex surgical conditions for the entire region. The Trauma and Surgical Critical Care programs provide care for all trauma and emergency general surgery patients. In addition, the critical care service provides consultation for patients on the neurosurgery, urology, transplant, otorhinolaryngology, plastics and orthopedic surgery services.

MUSC offers an ACGME approved, one year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. The rotations will provide the Fellow with exposure to the intricate pathology of all types of surgery patients. Through the year the Fellow will learn the principles of complex fluid management, hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, wound care and surgical nutrition, and burn care. This patient population will also provide ample exposure to bronchoscopy, endoscopy and the correlate percutaneous procedures such as tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube placement. In addition, experience in the administrative and organizational aspects of directing a surgical ICU will be provided.

The Fellows will work with faculty members that are certified in surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery on a critical care team that is also composed of surgery residents, APPs, and medical students. The Fellow will be the team leader, involved in the primary evaluation of critically ill patients, instrumental in the formation and implementation of appropriate care plans and responsible for assuring high-quality patient care.

Given the importance of initial evaluation, resuscitation and operative management of trauma and emergency surgery patients, our fellows have an opportunity to participate in the care of these patients as junior attendings under the supervision of our faculty.

On completion of the year, the trainee will have acquired the necessary knowledge and experience to successfully complete the examination for Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care of the American Board of Surgery.

A second non-ACGME fellowship year is also available. During the second year, the fellow will function as a faculty member (clinical instructor) and be included in the call schedule. The fellow will gain additional experience covering emergency general surgery and trauma call as well as spending time as the STICU attending. The year can also be used to obtain a burn certification if the fellow chooses to spend 6 months of the year on the burn service.

Program started 2007

How to apply  - (843) 792-8395 (phone)

Qualifications: Completion of a RRC approved General Surgery Training Program and eligible to sit for the ABS examinations.

Alicia Privette, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas St
CSB 426 MSC 613
Charleston, SC 29425-6130

About the hospital

  • Beds: 874
  • ICU beds: 82
  • Annual trauma admissions: 2300
  • Trauma faculty: 12

Fellowship procedures

  • Blunt trauma: 85%
  • Penetrating trauma: 15%


96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425


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