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: Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS

Last updated: February 13, 2018


VCU offers a one year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. Fellows take trauma call during the second half of their fellowship year.

VCU Health System (VCUHS) is Central Virginia’s only Level I Trauma Center for adult and pediatric patients. VCUHS’ Evans-Haynes Burn Center was the first civilian burn unit in the country and remains the only such facility in the state. The Surgical Trauma ICU (STICU) has 25 beds in addition to neurosurgical, cardiac surgery, and burn critical care units.

Fellows will spend most of their year in the STICU, where they will master the care of critically-ill trauma, burn, and surgery patients. They are expected to participate in and eventually lead daily teaching rounds and perform bedside procedures such as tracheostomies, PEGs, and chest tubes. Fellows will learn the use of echocardiography and point of care ultrasound for fluid status management and graduate proficient in advanced critical care ultrasound.

Fellows take trauma call once a week in the second half of their fellowship year. During this call, fellows manage all trauma activations including operative interventions. An attending trauma surgeon is in house during this call as backup and to provide oversight and education.

Additional educational opportunities include
- Weekly trauma conference and M&M
- Weekly International Trauma Tele-Grand Rounds with the Panamerican Trauma Society
- Elective rotations in burn, anesthesia, or medical ICU
- Involvement in the education of pre-hospital personnel and students
- Certification as instructors for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
- Certification in Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)
- Participation in Stop-the-Bleed training

Program started 2002

How to apply

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

Jennifer Quinney - Fellowship Coordinator
W15E, 1200 Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

Research opportunities

While the focus of the fellowship is clinical, fellows will complete at least one research or quality improvement project, or book chapter, and 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: 25
  • Annual ED visits: 90000
  • Annual trauma admissions: 4000
  • Trauma faculty: 10

Fellowship procedures

  • General surgical: 60%
  • Trauma: 40%
  • Blunt trauma: 65%
  • Penetrating trauma: 25%


1101 East Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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