About the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship

The Acute Care Surgery Fellowship program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a two-year American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST)-accredited program. During the first year, fellows complete a dedicated Surgical Critical Care unit. During the second year, fellows transition to the role of clinical instructor and are immersed in trauma and emergency general surgery training. Two fellows are accepted each year and must have successfully completed a General Surgery residency.

Training during the second year is at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s main hospital, which is an American Burn Association-verified burn center, a quaternary care hospital and an American College of Surgeons-designated Level 1 trauma center. Fellows will also rotate at our Level III trauma center at Ohio State East Hospital. The second year of fellowship is operatively demanding with more than 2,000 emergency general surgery cases performed annually in the division. Eight months is spent serving on one of the three Acute Care Surgery teams, where fellows have graduated independence to function as junior attendings.

Additional required rotations include thoracic, cardiac and vascular surgery at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and hepatobiliary surgery at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. A variety of electives are offered, including but not limited to, burns, ultrasound, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery. A unique feature of our Acute Care Surgery fellowship is in-depth training in robotic general surgery. Fellows can become certified in robotic surgery and previous robotic experience is not required.

In addition to broad clinical exposure, fellows will take the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) courses, participate in quality improvement projects, and actively teach residents and medical students. Our program also provides the opportunity to take the Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RRTDC) and collaborate with surgeon-scientists on clinical research in the Department of Surgery.

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Applicant Information

Our program is a participant in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The code number for the one-year Surgical Critical Care fellowship is 1566442F0 and the code number for the two-year AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship is 1566442F1. All applicants must be entered through the SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Knight Davis, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director of Emergency General Surgery
Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Program Director
Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn Department of Surgery
Sixth Floor FOT
395 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-293-8707
Fax: 614-293-9155

Lori Bardon
Program Manager, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
410 W. 10th Ave., N724 Doan Hall
Columbus, OH 43210-1267
Phone: 614-293-3185
Fax: 614-293-9155