Under the direction of Program Director Marc de Moya, MD, the Massachusetts General Hospital postgraduate Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is designed to allow fellows to develop advanced proficiency in the management of all aspects of the care of critically ill surgical patients and to develop the qualifications necessary to supervise surgical critical care units. Fellows spend several months in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, working alongside surgical and anesthesia intensivists. This one-year fellowship is approved by the ACGME. We also offer a two-year AAST approved comprehensive Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Program. We offer one postion per year in each program. One position for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and a second position in the Acute Care Surgery Program. Both positions are offered by the  National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications for both tracks are accepted from March 1 to June 15 via the SAFAS application site

Two-year Acute Care Surgery (ACS) Fellowship

The first year is focused on surgical critical care, but also includes some operative rotations. The second year is focused on trauma and complex emergency general surgery with the option of a four-week rotation at the one of the busiest long-standing trauma centers in the world at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. Additional training in damage-control Orthopedics, Neurosurgical procedures, Vascular, Thoracic, Interventional Radiology and Hepatobiliary is provided to fulfill the Acute Care Surgery requirements. American Board Certification/Eligibility, in General Surgery is required to be considered as a candidate. The two-year fellowship also focuses on trauma system development, quality improvement and research. By a combination of cadaver operative skills assessments and graduated levels of supervision, we ensure that the fellow graduates with a high level of operative competency.

One-year Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Fellowship

This is an ACGME-approved fellowship focused purely on surgical critical care. The majority of the time spent in the ICU will be in our leading-edge surgical ICU’s and cardiac surgical ICU. There is a didactic focus on evidence based medicine, ECMO, bedside ultrasonography for critical care, critical analysis of research and advanced respiratory care. The fellow will have the opportunity to rotate in the neurosurgical ICU, burn ICU, medical ICU, or pediatric ICU as electives. Other electives may be tailored to the needs/interests of an individual fellow.  Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited General Surgical, OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedic, Otolaryngology, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery or Urology residency. In the case of Emergency Medicine trainees, the fellow must complete a preliminary year in surgery at Mass General prior to matriculation in the critical care year. This preliminary year is focused on rotations that have critically ill patients.

SCC Curriculum

The selected individual would have full privileges as a staff surgeon, and be eligible for a faculty appointment at the Harvard Medical School.

Required Clinical Rotations

Surgical Critical Care 

  • Trauma/Critical Care (9 months)
    Resuscitative and post-op management of complex surgical diseases related to general surgery and trauma
  • Electives in Trauma/Critical Care (3 months)
    Management of complex critical illness such as pediatric surgical care, neurocritical care, burns, etc.

Emergency and Elective Surgery (12 months)

Total: 24 months

Clinical Rotations During Emergency and Elective Surgical Experience

Training in the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care (12-15 months)

  • Trauma
  • Emergency non-trauma surgery
  • Thoracic
  • Vascular
  • Hepatobiliary/pancreatic
  • Endoscopy
  • Bedside surgical procedures program
  • Orthopaedic surgery (concurrent)
  • Neurological surgery (concurrent)
  • Thoracic (concurrent)
  • Vascular (concurrent)
  • Hepatobiliary/pancreatic surgery (concurrent)

Electives (0-3 months)

  • Burn surgery and pediatric surgery are recommended. Others would include endoscopy, imaging, plastic surgery, intervention radiology, etc.
  • Or, maximize time in above rotations

Total: 15 months

How to Apply

Starting March 1, we are accepting electronic applications through the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). Please create an account and follow the applicant instructions provided on the SAFAS website

Required Supporting Documents

  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of your medical school transcript
  • Copy of ECFMG (if applicable)

Applications will be accepted through June 15 of each year.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Marc de Moya, MD, Program Director
c/o Yuliya Mironovas, Program Coordinator
Email: ymironovas@partners.org
Tel: 617-643-2433
Fax: 617-726-9121

Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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