The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is accredited by the ACGME. The goals of the program are to teach the clinical knowledge and technical skills of critical care and trauma surgery that will enable each fellow to become a confident critical care practitioner, administrator and educator.
The Surgical Critical Care faculty at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is involved in the tradition of teaching residents and is committed to extending this tradition to the fellows. The Surgical Critical Care Program has 7 hours of protected time for teaching conferences. Additionally, extensive bedside teaching will continue to occur concurrently on SICU rounds.
Required weekly conferences include Department Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality Conference on Monday mornings. On Tuesday, the primary teaching day, the ICU fellow is required to participate in the series of lectures and teaching rounds. The fellow must attend the Acute Care Surgery division’s case conference and the weekly Department of Surgery Trauma Review conference, which includes participants from the Emergency Department and other surgical subspecialties. Finally, on Thursday the fellow is required to attend the weekly multidisciplinary Surgical Intensive Care Unit conference.
In addition to this extensive clinical experience, the fellowship’s educational program includes an in-depth critical care lecture and workshop series, rotation-based educational materials and conferences, research conferences, quality improvement and morbidity/mortality conferences, journal clubs and grand rounds. Computer-assisted, full-scale patient simulation S.A.I.L. (Simulated Acquisition Innovation Laboratory) Lab is used extensively. The curriculum includes discussions of medical education techniques, scientific methods and administration.
Opportunities for research, education and administration can be tailored to meet individual fellow’s needs.
There are two surgical critical care fellowship positions available each year. Applicants for the surgical critical care fellowship must have successfully completed at least 3 years of surgery training prior to beginning the fellowship.