Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care Rotations & Fellowships

Resident Rotations at Grady Memorial Hospital

use of ultrasound in trauma training

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.



Sign-out and case discussion.


Trauma conference, surgical education conference, morbidity and mortality conference.

Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Fellowships at Grady

Grady trauma center

The fully accredited acute care surgery fellowship and surgical critical care fellowship each last one year. Trainees typically enroll in the two fellowships consecutively, with the ACS fellowship preceding the SCC fellowship. Each year, the program accepts three board-eligible surgeons for the ACS fellowship, while the prior year's ACS fellows move into the SCC year.

The Emory acute care surgery fellowship is accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and is directed by Jason Sciarretta, MD, FACS. ACS fellows rotate on the Level 1 trauma service at Grady Memorial Hospital, assimilating operative experience with acute vascular, thoracic, and abdominal injuries.

Comprehensive care of the injured patient is a major focus, with ACS 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.

During the ACGME-approved surgical critical care fellowship, fellows rotate for four months in the trauma ICU, one month in the neuro ICU, and take trauma surgical call at Grady Memorial Hospital; and rotate for two months in the surgical/transplant ICU, two months in the cardiothoracic ICU (with extensive ECMO exposure), and one month on the acute care surgery service at Emory University Hospital. Fellows also rotate in the electronic ICU at Emory or in Australia, and have additional elective time related to areas of interest.

Common elective rotations have included echocardiography, global health in Ethiopia, airway, and burns. Additional electives are available for interested fellows. Craig Coopersmith, MD, FACS, MCCM, Emory Surgery's vice-chair of research and director of the Emory Critical Care Center, directs the SCC fellowship.

All Emory Surgery faculty on the trauma and surgical critical care services at Grady are certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care. Faculty in critical care services at Emory are boarded in a primary specialty, such as surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and internal medicine, as well as critical care. Many are triple-boarded, possessing additional expertise in echocardiography, hepatology, and nephrology.

Broad opportunities are available to fellows for clinical research. The program strongly supports attendance and presentations at national meetings, and multiple recent fellows have had podium presentations and published first author papers.



Sign-out and case discussion.


Trauma conference, surgical education conference, morbidity and mortality conference.


Trauma outcomes review committee, trauma committee, multidisciplinary trauma grand rounds, ethics grand rounds.

Fellowship Application and Inquiries

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

Any questions regarding the fellowships may be directed to Meg Lewis, Program Coordinator, Grady Surgery.

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 here after your registration has been confirmed by Meg Lewis.

Registration Fees (Includes Textbooks, meals, and snacks) 

Current Students:

Students MUST submit copy of current ATLS card with registration form

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