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About the Program

Thank you for your interest in our Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Our fellowship is a one-year, ACGME accredited program offered by the Divison of Acute Care Surgery, which consists of a core curriculum in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). Upon completion of the fellowship, you can be Surgical Critical Care Board eligable with the American Board of Surgery.   

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics houses a Level-I Trauma Center with annual trauma admission greater than 2000, a Regional Burn Care Center, and a state-of-the-art Emergency Treatment Center as well as all specialties in medicine and their associated residency programs. The UIHC holds over 800 inpatient beds, including 128 ICU beds.


The mission of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is to provide an environment of education used to development technical skills and gain in-depth knowledge necessary to care for critically ill patients. critical care fellows from anesthesiology, emergency medicine as well as surgery receive advanced clinical training in an integrated environment. This training program employs a mix of hands-on clinical experience, interactive workshops, medical simulation and didactic education.


Surgical Critical Care Fellowship program aims to provide hands-on clinical experience and advanced instruction in the following:

  • Management of shock, sepsis, acute respiratory failure, acute kidney injury, acute neurological conditions and other critical illness syndromes.
  • Pathophysiology of critical illness, including advanced cardiopulmonary physiology, hemodynamic and neurological monitoring, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and neurophysiology.
  • Care of patients with multisystem organ failure, acute infection, traumatic injury and post-surgical critical illness.
  • Communication skills, including patient and family interaction, end-of-life cares, and care of the geriatric patient.
  • Mechanical ventilation, extra-corporeal life support, and point-of-care ultrasound.
  • ICU procedures including endotracheal intubation, central venous catheterization and chest-tube placement.

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship provides an outstanding exposure to complex surgical critical care and development of administrative skills that will allow the fellows ability to emerge into a leadership role upon completion.

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