Trauma Center at Palmetto Health Richland Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Affiliated with University of South Carolina — Columbia, SC

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Positions available: 1
  • Salary:
  • Program Director: Christopher Watson, M.D.

Last updated: September 20, 2018

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide extended training in surgical critical care. The fellow will complete rotations in the Surgical ICU, and also spend time rotating on Pulmonary, Cardiology, and Renal services. A core reading curriculum has been developed, and weekly discussions to review the material will be held with the Surgical ICU critical care attending. Participation in a research project is also expected.

Palmetto Health Richland is the only Level I Trauma Center in the Midlands of South Carolina. USC Dept of Surgery and Palmetto Health Richland and are located in historic Columbia, SC. Columbia is recognized with a 5-star rating by a leading economic development industry magazine as having one of the best living and working environments in the U.S. The city is rich in history and tradition and is home to the University of South Carolina, Fort Jackson (the Army's largest training base), and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Program started 2003

How to apply  - (803) 545-5802 (phone) , (803) 434-6104 (fax)

Qualifications: Categorical resident or board eligible / certified surgeon

Applications are accepted up to August 1 during the year prior to starting the Fellowship. Interviews will be conducted in the summer months. Formal acceptance into the Fellowship is done through NRMP. Deadlines may be obtained on their website. The following information will be needed to apply:
•Please submit all applications through
•Letter to the Program Director detailing your interest in the program
•Curriculum Vitae
•3 letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your Program Director (if applicable)
•Board Certification/Eligibility in General Surgery or letter from current Program Director confirming eligibility to return to categorical position
•Medical School Transcript

For more information, please contact:

Presleigh Sawyer
Program Coordinator

About the hospital

  • Beds: 600
  • ICU beds: 18
  • Annual ED visits: 10000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 200
  • Trauma faculty: 5

Fellowship procedures

  • Blunt trauma: 80%
  • Penetrating trauma: 20%


2 Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

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