University of Colorado Burn and Frostbite Center

Affiliated with University of Colorado — Aurora, CO

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Positions available: 1
  • Salary: PGY 6: $70,961.00
  • Program Director: Arek Wiktor, M.D.

Last updated: November 30, 2020

The University of Colorado Burn Surgery Fellowship is a one year non-ACGME accredited burn fellowship meant to give fellows the full breadth and experience of burn/frostbite/complex wound care in order to prepare fellows for a career in burn surgery. The University of Colorado Burn and Frostbite Center is the eastern Rocky Mountain region’s only American Burn Association (ABA) verified burn center, and sees 500 inpatient admissions from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, among others, and over 2,500 clinic visits a year. The 19 bed burn unit has three tub rooms, an attached burn clinic, and a dedicated operating room. In addition, we are the only hospital in the eastern Rocky Mountain region that is both a Level 1 Trauma Center and ABA verified burn center.

The burn team consists of three full-time, fellowship-trained burn surgeons who are all general surgery/surgical care boarded, six advanced practice providers, along with a dedicated team of nutritionist, pharmacists, physical/occupational therapists, psychologists, and social workers. The burn surgery fellowship will expose fellows to all aspects of medical and surgical management of a variety of conditions a regional burn center sees including: burns, frostbite, electrical/lighting injury, inhalation injury, exfoliative skin disorders (SJS, TENS), necrotizing soft tissue infection, complex wounds (hidradenitis suppurativa), and scar management (surgical reconstruction and laser therapy). We have robust clinical and basic science research opportunities in the fields of burn and frostbite care that the burn fellow can participate in.

We pride ourselves on the exceptional care we provide to our patients, and the quality of education our medical students, residents, and fellows receive on the burn surgery service. Our goal is to provide a balanced and structured educational experience preparing fellows for fulfilling careers in burn, trauma, and complex wound surgery. We look forward to reviewing your application.


SCC Board eligible at completion of training: No

ACGME verification status: Not accredited

How many months strictly burn training? 12 months

ABA verification status: verified


Facility Description:
The UCHealth Burn and Frostbite Center at Anschutz in metro Denver is Colorado’s premier burn center since 1976. We are one of 54 American Burn Association (ABA) verified locations in the United States and the first ABA-verified burn center in Colorado.

Our burn center model provides inpatient and outpatient services in one location. For patients, this means a seamless transition through their entire burn and frostbite recovery.

UCH total beds 699
Total Burn Beds 19
ICU Burn Beds 9
ICU Floor Beds 10
Annual Burn Admits 600

3 Burn attending surgeons
3 APP burn instructors

At the UCHealth Burn and Frostbite Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus, a team of medical specialists work together to treat your unique burn and frostbite conditions. These teams are made up of surgeons, registered nurses, burn technicians, psychiatrists, and pharmacists. Additional staff members include social workers, caseworkers, nutritionists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

Number of burn procedures performed, on average, annually by fellow: 500

How to apply  - (303) 724-9251 (phone)

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years of clinical training in plastic or general and be eligible for licensing in Colorado. For the academic year beginning in August 2022, candidates may submit an application starting May 1, 2021.

For more information, interested applicants should contract our Program Coordinator, Trina Smidt, at: or by phone, (303) 724-9251.

Research opportunities

It is expected that fellows learn how to engage in all areas of research, including grant preparation, experimental design, experimental data collection, data analysis, and publication.

Recent projects include:
• Thrombolitic Therapy for Frostbite
• Triage and Transfer to a Regional Burn Center-Impact of a Mobile Phone App
• Regional disparities in access to verified burn center care in the United States
• Delayed Presentation of a Vertex Epidural Hematoma Following High-Voltage Electrical Injury to the Head

About the hospital

  • Annual ED visits: 137398
  • Annual trauma admissions: 2000

Fellowship procedures


12631 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

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