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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 and again recently expanded to three ACGME approved fellows. 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 Surgical Intensive Care Unit rotation 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 Trauma ICU rotation 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 our fellowship coordinator, Adrienne Cosentino at with any questions. 

Applying to our Program:

Fellow applications are accepted entirely through SAFAS and determined via the NRMP process. No phone calls please.
Matching applicants will begin their fellowship the following August.

Requirements for application:

  • SAFAS Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript
  • ABSITE transcript
  • Photo
  • Applicants from international medical schools must have a valid California post-graduate training authorization letter (PTAL) and be ECFMG certified at time of application. 
  • DO applicants must have completed USMLE steps 1 and 2 
  • Meet all UCI GME requirements for appointment. Found here

Applications for the 2023 interview season will be reviewed in April with invitations sent in May for the following interview dates:


All interviews will be held virtually.
For more information, please visit our Graduate Medical Education page. 

About Us:

In 2006, UC Irvine became one of the first educational institutions in the United States to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons for simulation training. As a Level I accredited state-of the art simulation center, UC Irvine offers residents the means to learn novel techniques to supplement their curriculum in both open and minimally invasive surgery.

 At UC Irvine, residents receive exposure to all core components of surgery, as well as specialized training in surgical oncology, vascular surgery, minimally invasive surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, trauma and acute surgery, and transplantation.

 The UC Irvine, School of Medicine mission: Discover. Teach. Heal 

Learn more about how the  UC Irvine Medical Center is living its mission through the  UCI Irvine Health Magazine and Helping You Live Well .


Training Philosophy:

We strive to recruit and train the next generation of outstanding, diverse leaders in the ever-changing field of surgical critical care, aligning with each of UC Irvine Health’s core values:

Discover: Invest in environment of inquiry through scientific research and participation in academic meetings and symposia.
Teach: “Give back” knowledge of critical illness pathophysiology and management to students and residents at all levels of training.
Heal: Provide the expert, compassionate, and committed care we’d want for our family - from the trauma bay and emergency department, to the operating room, and through the intensive care unit.


Education and Core Conferences:

Fellows have protected time to attend core conferences each Monday and Thursday.
Weekly conferences consist of:

Ultrasound Didactic Conference (protected-time): Monday, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Surgical Critical Care Lecture Series/Trauma Case Conference: Wednesday, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Morbidity & Mortality Conference (M&M): Thursday, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Department Grand Rounds: Thursday, 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Orange County: Recreational, Cultural, and Social:

With a climate that ranges from 50 to 75 degrees in the winter and 60 to 90 degrees in the summer, and close proximity to the mountains and the ocean, Orange County, California offers a wide variety of activities from skiing and snowboarding to surfing, sailing and other water sports. In fact, swimming, boating, surfing, skin diving and fishing are year-round sports. Orange County boasts expansive parks, scenic hiking, biking and jogging trails as well as public golf courses and tennis courts.

Hardcore sports fans will enjoy frequent professional sporting events, including Angels’ baseball, the Anaheim Ducks for hockey and horseracing at the Santa Anita and Del Mar tracks.

Orange County is home to the nationally renowned South Coast Repertory, the Discovery Science Center, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, art museums, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, as well as numerous performance and sports venues.

Visitors to nearby Los Angeles will find some of the best entertainment facilities in the country including:  the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, the Geffen Playhouse, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater and the Hollywood Bowl. A variety of smaller stage productions are also available in Hollywood and the nearby Melrose Avenue district. Extensive art collections are on view at the Los Angeles County, Norton Simon and Getty art museums, as well as at the Huntington Library, which is home to a world-class arboretum. There are also numerous smaller art galleries throughout the region.

The region’s extensive freeway system makes all of these activities readily accessible. San Diego, with Sea World, the prestigious San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, and the U.S./Mexican border are only a two-hour drive away.

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Fellow Perspectives:

 “There is no one-year surgical critical care fellowship that gives you the kind of balance between critical care, trauma and EGS and properly prepares you for all three like UCI. The camaraderie among the residents and the faculty makes for a superb work environment and an ideal learning environment. When I left I was completely prepared to jump into a busy academic surgical job and my career took of immediately. I genuinely think this is the best fellowship of its kind in the country. “

Contact Us:

University of California, Irvine
3800 Chapman Ave, Ste 6200 | Orange, CA 92868

UC Irvine Health:   
University of California, Irvine:

Adrienne Cosentino
Fellowship Coordinator 

Education Manager:
Tania Saba Pettitt 

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