About the Program

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is based at Cooper University Health Sciences Campus, the clinical site for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University teaching hospital of (CMSRU). Cooper is a 635-licensed bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, dedicated to the treatment of critically ill and critically injured patients.

The duration of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is one year. The surgical critical care fellow will be required to spend a minimum of 7 months in the Trauma/Surgical ICU, and will have other time for experiences in Trauma Resusitation and Surgical Education as they pertain directly to Surgical Critical Care. Two months may be spent on elective rotations which may include, but are not limited to: anesthesia, pediatric ICU, cardiovascular ICU, EMS, or further rotations in the medical/surgical ICU.

The educational philosophy of this Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program is to provide a strong foundation of advanced surgical critical care knowledge and skills upon which a scientifically sound systematic approach to the management of critically ill patients can be developed. This program provides trainees with an advanced level of specialized skills required to attain a mastery of surgical critical care for patients of all age groups. Trainees will be afforded the opportunity to become specialists in the clinical management of critically ill patients, teaching surgical critical care, critical care research, and the administration of surgical critical care units.

The Surgical Critical Care Fellow will take in-house calls. The fellow will take approximately seven calls per month. Operative experience is available and encouraged while on-call. Other operative cases are available on a case-by-case basis.

While on the medical-surgical ICU rotation, a shift system is in place. The fellow will continue to take routine trauma/ICU call. All rotation working hours adhere to  ACGME compliance with no greater than 80 hours per week duty hours.

A log of duty hours will be kept in New Innovations, and cases will be logged in the ACGME case log system. These will be routinely reviewed by the Program Director.