Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care Rotations & Fellowship

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Resident Rotations at Grady Memorial Hospital

For general surgery residents and students rotating on the trauma and surgical critical care services, daily rounds are conducted with the attending surgeon and the current trauma fellow or surgical critical care resident. General surgery, emergency medicine, and oral surgery residents also rotate as PGY-2s on the surgical intensive care unit.


Daily: Sign-out & case discussion

Weekly: Trauma conference, surgical education conference, morbidity & mortality conference

Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Grady

The two-year, fully accredited acute care surgery/surgical critical care fellowship — directed by Christopher Dente, MD — accepts three board-eligible surgeons per year.

Unlike most programs of this type, the first year of the program is spent as an acute care surgery fellow on the trauma service and involves operative experience with acute vascular, thoracic, and abdominal injuries. Comprehensive care of the injured patient is a major focus, with fellows covering the resuscitation bay, operating room, clinic, and postoperative care. Elective cases include restoration of GI continuity, abdominal wall reconstruction, and spine exposure. Biostatistics training is also available. The Emory acute care surgery fellowship is accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST).

When the acute care year is successfully completed, the second year encompasses the ACGME-approved surgical critical care fellowship, which is made up of nine months of ICU rotations in Grady's ICU and three months of critical care electives, including burns and echocardiography.

All trauma/surgical critical care faculty are certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care. Broad opportunities are available for clinical research. The fellowship strongly supports attendance and presentations at national meetings. All fellows have excelled academically with a 100% first time pass rate on the Surgical Critical Care board examination.


Daily: Sign-out and case discussion

Weekly: Trauma conference, surgical education conference, morbidity and mortality conference

Monthly: Trauma outcomes review committee, trauma committee, multidisciplinary trauma grand rounds, ethics grand rounds

Fellowship Application and Inquiries

Please apply to the Emory Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellowship through the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service.

Any questions regarding the fellowship may be directed to Dr. Dente:

Christopher J. Dente, MD
Program Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
Emory University Department of Surgery
Glenn Memorial Building, Room 302
69 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Advanced Trauma Life Support Course

The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course is promulgated by the American College of Surgeons, and teaches physicians a systematic, concise approach to the early management of trauma patients. Pay for the course after your registration has been confirmed by Meg Lewis.

Go here to pay registration fees.

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