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Surgical Critical Care and Burn Fellowship

Creighton University School of Medicine – Phoenix’s fellowship program in SCC + Burn is ready to welcome you to the desert southwest. 

Creighton University- Phoenix offers a 1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Surgical Critical Care (SCC), with 2 approved positions annually at Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix. Additionally, we have a 1 year Burn-Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise. Candidates for either fellowship include general surgery residents who are on track to complete their General Surgery Residency training.

Our Mission

Our program is focused on providing candidates with advance clinical training to produce academic leaders in the areas of critical care and trauma.  The program is an intensive clinical, educational, administrative, and research experience that utilizes two busy, urban academic medical centers in the 6th largest city in the United States. This model will provide an integrated, multidisciplinary critical care training experience that encompasses all clinical disciplines.

Upon successful completion of the Surgical or Burn surgical critical care fellowships, trainees are eligible to take the American Board of Surgery’s Surgical Critical Care Certifying Examination

History of the Program:

2007: Surgical Critical Care Fellowship originated in at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ

2017: Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Creighton University, and District Medical Group (DMG) joined forces to form the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. The Creighton Alliance was born out of a passion for giving medical students, residents, and fellows more opportunities to network and learn from our dedicated faculty, experience a diversity of patient care situations and access improved resources and fellowship opportunities.

2019: Burn-Surgical Critical Care Fellowship begun

2019: Maricopa Medical Center changed its name to Valleywise Health Medical Center.

What does this all mean? The Surgical and Burn Critical Care Fellowship which originated at Maricopa Medical Center still exists and function at the same facilities it did in the past, just that now the program is under a new name: Creighton University-Phoenix Surgical Critical Care fellowship.     

2023 and beyond:

Valleywise hospital is currently completing construction on their new Acute Care Hospital (located adjacent to the current hospital) with a new state-of-the-art SICU ward.

Valleywise Health Hospital and Mayo Clinic- Phoenix:

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Medical Center) has a proud tradition of being both the community safety net health care system, with a mission and commitment to serving the underserved and Arizona’s only public teaching hospital. Valleywise Hospital is a busy inner-city 325-bed acute care hospital located near the heart of downtown Phoenix and is a tertiary referral center for ambulatory care and long-term care within Maricopa county, as well as the state of Arizona. The hospital is an American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verified Adult (Level I) and Pediatric (Level II) and houses the renowned Arizona Burn Center, which is the second busiest Burn center in the nation and an American Burn Association (ABA) and ACS Verified Level I Adult and Pediatric Burn Center.

While Fellows complete most of their rotations at Valleywise Health Hospital; they also benefit from a cooperative educational relationship between the faculty of Valleywise Health Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Hospital (Arizona) Critical Care Unit, a private, highly specialized 244-bed healthcare facility. Here fellows experience includes cardiac and abdominal transplant, cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery including surgical oncology and ACS surgery.

All rotations are performed under the guidance of board-certified critical care faculty. Each site has its own ACGME-accredited general surgery training program and provides continuous, in-house intensivist coverage serving as an additional educational resource for the SCC/BCC fellow.

This multidisciplinary, multi-institutional program will provide exceptional exposure to SCC that includes the procedural and administrative aspects necessary to care for critically ill patients, manage critical care units, teach critical care curricula, and conduct quality critical care research. 

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The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance 

In 2017, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC), Creighton University (CUSOM), Valleywise Health, and District Medical Group (DMG) joined forces to form the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance supports Creighton University School of Medicine - Phoenix Graduate Medical Education by providing strategic, financial and operational resources.