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Application Process

Applicants will utilize the online Surgical critical care and Acute care surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS) application process. The complete application file will then be reviewed for the interview process.


Submitted applications will be thoroughly reviewed and acknowledged. The Program Director may also contact the applicant by phone initially. Invitation to interview in person will be based on program needs and the individual’s qualifications and references. In addition to the requisite eligibility criteria, selection for the program will be based on favorable interviews with existing faculty and fellows, favorable completion of his/her current program, as well as the applicant’s expressed interest in the Surgical Critical Care program.


Candidates meet with the Program Director, Associate Program Director, Division Director, faculty, fellows and unit staff. The rank order list submitted to the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) is based on faculty consensus of the standardized evaluation results.



Start of Fellowship

Per the Associate Program Directors in Surgery website:



On behalf of the Fellowship Start Date Task Force chaired by Dan Vargo, I am pleased to share with you some exciting news.


For some time, the APDS has supported the concept of having the fellowship start moved back to August 1. Our colleagues in Orthopedic Surgery have embraced the August 1 Fellowship start date for over 15 years.  The advantages to this would be several: Chief Residents would be able to complete their contractual obligation to their training programs without the competing interest of travel and orientation at their new training programs.  Graduates would also be afforded time to devote to their preparation for the ABS QE prior to the start of their Fellowship. In fact, in support of this initiative, the ABS recently announced the 2016 QE will be given on July 19.


There has been recent activity to suggest that this initiative is gaining momentum. The Fellowship Council, Surgical Critical Care, Thoracic, Transplant, Colorectal and Pediatric Surgery Fellowships have all given support to the change. While inevitable, we anticipate this process to move steadily forward beginning in 2016.


There will be significant implications of this later fellowship start date to our general surgery graduates in terms of salary and health insurance coverage. We are strongly recommending that you communicate these changes to your residents who are planning on taking fellowships for the 2016 cycle and beyond so that they may plan accordingly.”


Therefore, for 2017, the start date will be moved to August 1, 2017.

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