The Surgical Critical Care fellowship is based at Washington Hospital Center, a large teaching hospital in the heart of the District of Columbia. We have a full complement of residency programs, including general surgery, internal medicine and emergency medicine. We are responsible for the trauma training of our own surgical residents, as well as those of Georgetown University Hospital and the National Naval Medical Center.
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 all aspects 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, in teaching Surgical Critical Care, in critical care research and in the administration of surgical critical care units.
We believe that at this advanced stage of surgical training, fellows know their educational needs better than anyone. We strive to tailor each fellow’s year to their needs, such that
1) They spend enough time on core SICU rotations to gain clinical mastery
2) They meet goals specific to their career plans
3) They meet ACGME requirements for board eligibility
Fellows will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives, including trauma/emergency surgery, neurocritical care, pediatric critical care, airway management, and echocardiography.
Night call conforms to existing duty-hour requirements, and is typically four to six nights/month. Night call may include coverage of critical care units, or leading the trauma/emergency surgery team in and out of the intensive care units. The specific call schedule will be custom-tailored to each resident’s level of training and needs.
Accounting of hours
A log of the hours, procedures and patients cared for will be kept by the fellow and submitted monthly to the program director.