Emory University School of Medicine / Grady Memorial Hospital

Affiliated with Emory University School of Medicine — Atlanta, GA

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Positions available: 3
  • Salary: (Commensurate with postgraduate training level.)
  • Program Director: Jason Sciarretta, MD and Craig Coopersmith, MD

Last updated: May 05, 2020

The fully accredited acute care surgery fellowship and surgical critical care fellowship each last one year. Trainees typically enroll in the two fellowships consecutively, with the ACS fellowship preceding the SCC fellowship. Each year, the program accepts three board-eligible surgeons for the ACS fellowship, while the prior year's ACS fellows move into the SCC year.

The Emory acute care surgery fellowship is accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and is directed by Jason Sciarretta, MD, FACS. ACS fellows rotate on the Level 1 trauma service at Grady Memorial Hospital, assimilating operative experience with acute vascular, thoracic, and abdominal injuries.

Comprehensive care of the injured patient is a major focus, with ACS fellows covering the resuscitation bay, operating room, clinic, and postoperative care. Elective cases include restoration of GI continuity, abdominal wall reconstruction, and spine exposure. Biostatistics training is also available.

During the ACGME-approved surgical critical care fellowship, fellows rotate for four months in the trauma ICU, one month in the neuro ICU, and take trauma surgical call at Grady Memorial Hospital; and rotate for two months in the surgical/transplant ICU, two months in the cardiothoracic ICU (with extensive ECMO exposure), and one month on the acute care surgery service at Emory University Hospital. Fellows also rotate in the electronic ICU at Emory or in Australia, and have additional elective time related to areas of interest.

Common elective rotations have included echocardiography, global health in Ethiopia, airway, and burns. Additional electives are available for interested fellows. Craig Coopersmith, MD, FACS, MCCM, Emory Surgery's vice-chair of research and interim director of the Emory Critical Care Center, directs the SCC fellowship.

All Emory Surgery faculty on the trauma and surgical critical care services at Grady are certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care. Faculty in critical care services at Emory are boarded in a primary specialty, such as surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and internal medicine, as well as critical care. Many are triple-boarded, possessing additional expertise in echocardiography, hepatology, and nephrology.

Program started 1976

How to apply

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in general surgery

Meg Lewis
Emory University School of Medicine
69 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Room 312, Glenn Memorial Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Research opportunities

Broad opportunities are available to fellows for clinical research. The program strongly supports attendance and presentations at national meetings, and multiple recent fellows have had podium presentations and published first author papers.

About the hospital

  • Beds: 956
  • ICU beds: 55
  • Annual ED visits: 250000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 3200
  • Trauma faculty: 9

Fellowship procedures


69 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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