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This fellowship program offers fellows an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skillset in the field of surgical critical care, acute care surgery and trauma, learning from some of the nation’s top surgeons to become leading surgeons themselves.

Where You Will Train


Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is a national leader in specialized care for a broad range of medical conditions. CMC is the largest research hospital in the region and 1 of 5 teaching hospitals in North Carolina.

What Fellows are Saying


At CMC, excellent patient volume and complexity is combined with supportive, collegial faculty, ensuring you’ll leave this fellowship with the skills and confidence needed for success.

Jason McCartt, MD Surgical Critical Care Fellow



Carolina Medical Center is an exceptional program with a strong balance between critical care, trauma and acute care surgery. The staff is engaged and eager to provide education and a climate for growth. Graded autonomy allows continued development in preparation for graduation. Charlotte is an exceptional, growing city with many opportunities for families of all sizes. I highly recommend it!

Elaine Cleveland, MD Acute Care Surgery Fellow


The Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at CMC strives to provide a high-volume, diverse pathology experience to fellows in trauma surgery, surgical critical care and emergency general surgery. Our faculty members are committed to successfully training acute care surgeons to be clinically adept, academically prepared and administratively active. The strength of our program lies in our diverse and engaged faculty, as well as our high-volume, high-acuity patient population.

Rita Brintzenhoff Brown, MD

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of physicians who serve as faculty, our fellows have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Fellowship program. View their bios.

Program Curriculum

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is a 1-year program designed to train academic surgeons with specialty interests in trauma and surgical critical care, within a collaborative, innovative and fast-paced care environment. Our core 16 faculty members are dedicated to teaching and mentoring, exposing fellows to a variety of critically ill surgical and trauma patients, as well as many bedside ICU procedures including tracheostomy, PEG, IVC filter, bronchoscopy and critical care ultrasound.

The Acute Care Surgery Fellowship is a 2-year program that begins with the ACGME-approved Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and is followed by an AAST-certified Acute Care Surgery Fellowship. The Acute Care Surgery Fellowship provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary experience with rotations in trauma, emergency general surgery, hepatobiliary, vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery with opportunities for advanced minimally invasive surgery experience. Research opportunities are available, primarily through clinical, database and industry trials.


Surgical Critical Care fellows will have core rotations within the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, a high-volume, mixed population surgical and trauma ICU with a variety of disease pathology and acuity. Additional rotations include the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Recovery Unit, Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine Ultrasound, as well as optional electives with Cardiac Critical Care, Nephrology, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Burns and Echocardiography.

Acute Care fellows will have rotations with Trauma, Emergency General Surgery, Hepatobiliary, Vascular Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery with opportunities for advanced minimally invasive surgery experience.

Acute Care Surgery fellows manage an outpatient continuity clinic to expand opportunities in the peri-operative management of trauma and EGS sequalae surgery.

Salary and Benefits

In addition to the many educational and career benefits of the Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Fellowship program, residents will receive financial benefits as well.

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Application Criteria

Applications are accepted through the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS).