The program is a one-year ACGME approved clinical fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. Successful completion of the fellowship will qualify an individual to sit for the examination for the "Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care" from the American Board of Surgery.
The Section of SCC in the Department of Surgical Education is staffed by seven full-time, surgical critical care fellowship-trained surgeons. The Section provides consultative services for critically ill and high- risk surgical patients including pre-, peri-, and postoperative evaluation and management, as well as performance of bedside and operative procedures for high-risk and acutely ill patients. The SCC service, together with the general surgery residency program, provides 24-hour-a-day in-house physician management of critically ill patients.
The Section is recognized internationally as a clinical research center. Each of the faculty is actively involved in scientific research and together has published in excess of 200 abstracts, manuscripts, book chapters and other scholarly works. Each of the faculty also has a clinical appointment in the Department of Surgery at the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida in Gainesville and the Florida State University College of Medicine.
Objectives of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
The program is designed to be heavily based on clinical practice and unit administration, but offers ample opportunity for clinical research to those who are interested. Individuals will spend 12 months in the surgical-trauma ICU. Elective rotations in the Pediatric and Medical Intensive Care Units may be arranged. Current research activities include the study of new oxygen transport and pulmonary monitoring technology, metabolic demands in critically ill patients, new treatments for sepsis, abdominal compartment syndrome and high-level ventilatory support for patients with acute respiratory failure. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical research projects and to submit abstracts to and attend the major critical care meetings each year.
Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
The program is a two-year AAST accredited fellowship providing training in the care of trauma patients and is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in trauma surgery. It allows the fellow broad opportunities to develop skills in research, administration and clinical practice. The exact execution of the year will vary based on the interests, talents and needs of the individual. The individual takes trauma call at least once weekend a month with at least two weekends on the months devoted to the trauma rotation. This allows the fellow to develop and maintain skills in the care of critically ill patients and adds to the surgical skills required for the care of injured patients. In addition to reviewing and refining clinical management plans, the fellow is ultimately responsible for bed control, conducting daily teaching rounds and delivering lectures within the Department of Surgical Education. Opportunities exist to participate in retrospective and prospective clinical studies currently ongoing within the department. Fellows are expected to develop and pursue original scholarly activities during the fellowship.