Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center

Affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University — Richmond, VA

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Positions available: 2
  • Salary: PGY VI
  • Program Director: Stefan Leichtle, MD, FACS

Last updated: July 02, 2021


"We train future leaders in trauma, critical care, and emergency surgery. Our fellowship offers the whole range of acute care surgery in a personalized and supportive training environment."

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. VCU Health System is Central Virginia’s only Level I Trauma Center for adult and pediatric patients with about 4,500 trauma activations per year. Its Evans-Haynes Burn Center was the first civilian burn unit in the United States and remains the only such facility in the state. The Surgical Trauma ICU (STICU) service cares for an average of 50 patients and includes neuro-, transplant-, and burn critical care.

In the STICU, our fellows will master the care of critically ill trauma-, burn-, and surgery patients of all specialties. They participate in and eventually lead daily rounds and perform bedside procedures such as tracheostomies, PEGs, and chest tubes. Fellows will learn the use of limited echocardiography and point of care ultrasound. In our weekly “Trauma Teaching Rounds”, we discuss the operative management of complex trauma patients and prepare the fellows for trauma call, which they take on weekends during the second half of the fellowship year. Trauma call is with an attending Acute Care Surgeon and allows for graduated autonomy while support and oversight are always assured.

Other educational opportunities include
- Trauma conference and M&M
- International Trauma Tele-Grand Rounds with the Panamerican Trauma Society
- Elective burn surgery, anesthesia, cardiac ICU, medical ICU, or global surgery rotations
- Education of pre-hospital personnel and students through the VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education (CTCCE)
- Certification as instructors (or Course Director Candidates) for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

Program started 2002

How to apply  - (804) 827-0043 (phone)

Qualifications: - Completion of ACGME-approved surgery residency
- American Board of Surgery eligible/certified

We accept applications via the Surgical critical care and Acute care surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS):

Please contact our Fellowship Coordinator Dannette for questions:
Dannette Arezzi, CTFC, MHA, MPI

Research opportunities

While the focus of our fellowship is clinical, fellows will complete at least one research/quality improvement project or book chapter, attend the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s (EAST) annual conference, and VCU’s Annual Rao Ivatury Trauma Symposium.

About the hospital

  • Beds: 822
  • ICU beds: 50
  • Annual ED visits: 100000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 4500
  • Trauma faculty: 12

Fellowship procedures

  • General surgical: 60%
  • Trauma: 40%
  • Blunt trauma: 80%
  • Penetrating trauma: 20%


1250 East Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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