Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Overview — The Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship is designed to offer additional training in the care of the critically ill patient. The Program is a well-established, Multi-center Educational Consortium through which the Fellow is afforded the opportunity to rotated at University Hospital (UH), San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USA-ISR) and the Audie Murphy VA Hospital (ALMVAH). Through these various sites, the Fellow is generously exposed to an extraordinary depth and breadth of clinical pathophysiology, as well as a diverse group of board certified Surgical Intensivists. The Program also offers the Fellow a strong didactic experience through its multi-institutional webcast lecture series that is currently viewed on a routine basis by 8 institutions across the country and a comprehensive, up to date Reading Compendium which consists of over 12o articles, organized into 12 SCC topics. Fellows also have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in any of the ongoing research projects that encompass trauma, critical care, emergency surgery and burn or to develop their own projects. Critical Care Fellows are assigned in a non-service role to allow them ample opportunity to pursue independent reading, participate in process improvement projects and hone their teaching skills. Fellows who are able to obtain a Texas license are appointed as faculty at the rank of clinical instructor and are given the opportunity to take faculty trauma and emergency surgery call.
UTHSCSA is accredited for three fellows per year. While the most popular option is the one-year SCC fellowship, during which the Fellow has the opportunity to earn the degree of Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from UTHSCSA, an additional year can be taken for added trauma surgery training and/or research.
Research — Trauma faculty research focuses on new and innovative ways to improve the care, management and treatment of trauma and critically ill patients. Ongoing research includes industry-sponsored studies, grant sponsored multi-institutional studies and investigator-driven studies in areas such as acute lung injury, ARDS, blood utilization and blood substitutes, intra-abdominal infections, surgical infection and surgical nutrition.