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Surgical Critical Care Curriculum

Curriculum Overview 

A significant didactic curriculum and self-learning goals will be achieved under the guidance of board-certified surgical and medical/pulmonary/anesthesia critical care faculty. This intense, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approach will provide critical care educational exposure that includes the procedural and administrative skills necessary to care for critically ill patients, manage intensive care units, teach educational curricula, and conduct quality critical care research.

One-year Surgical Critical Care (SCC) clinical fellowship with 4 four-week rotations in:

  • Surgical ICU (SICU) - 4 to 5 months
  • Burn ICU (BICU) - 2 months
  • Ultrasound - 1 month
  • Mayo- Phoenix Medical-Surgical ICU - 3 months
  • Elective rotation - 1 month. Electives include thoracic surgery, ACS surgery, Trauma surgery, Hepatobiliary surgery, Burn surgery.

One-year Burn-Surgical Critical Care (BCC) clinical fellowship with 4 four-week rotations in:

  • Burn ICU (BICU) - 7 months
  • Surgical ICU (SICU) - 2 months
  • Ultrasound - 1 month
  • Mayo- Phoenix Medical-Surgical ICU- 2 months

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.


    Valleywise Rotations

    Fellows rotations consist of the SICU, Burn Center (Burn ICU) and Ultrasound. Furthermore, for our fellows, the many facets of trauma and emergency-acute care surgery, as well as significant exposure to burn surgery will be provided in order to give each SCC fellow the opportunity to maintain their surgical skills and allow long-term flexibility with job opportunities as a board-certified surgeon and surgical intensivist.

    Mayo Rotation

    Mayo Clinic Hospital (Arizona) Critical Care Unit, a private, highly specialized 244-bed healthcare facility. This rotation allows exposure to cardiothoracic surgery, solid organ transplant, extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and complex medical-surgical critically ill patients.

    Educational Schedule


    Tuesday: Grand Rounds and Surgical Morbidity and Mortality, Burn Multidisciplinary conference

    Wednesday: SICU-Trauma conference

    Thursday:  SICU multidisciplinary conference

    Friday: SICU Morbidity & mortality


    Fellows participate in monthly Dept. of Surgery peer review, Trauma PI, Peer and QI; Burn Peer review.


    Fellows Journal Club

    Our educational program also includes quality improvement training and mentoring and hands-on research and manuscript preparation.