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The UCI School of Medicine's Department of Surgery's Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care was the first in California to be accredited by the ACGME (1994). In 2006, we expanded the fellowship to two ACGME-approved one-year positions. The purpose of our fellowships is to develop excellent leaders, trauma surgeons and surgical intensive care specialists (intensivists) in both academic and clinical arenas.

Our fellows are mentored by outstanding faculty members who provide clinical training and didactic education. Clinical and bench research are strongly encouraged. The fellowship is centered on two major services, with six months spent on each.

The Critical Care Service is based in UC Irvine Douglas Hospital’s 24-bed surgical intensive care unit (SICU). Leading-edge management strategies for ventilation, sepsis and nutrition are emphasized.

The Acute Care Surgery service manages all trauma and emergency surgery patients. The fellow will improve skills in all components of resuscitation and operative management through graduated independent leadership of the service. The entire division faculty participates in a defined educational program that includes readings, didactic lectures and one-on-one collaboration with every patient.

Requirements include three years of general surgery training. Strong preference is given to candidates who have completed their surgical training and are board-certified surgeons. Candidates must have a California license by the start of the academic year. Interested applicants should contact program coordinator Melanie Janczak at 714-456-5890 or