Clinical rotations

Your clinical training will cover subspecialty areas of surgical critical care. Clinical rotations include 10 months of required rotations and two months of electives.

Required rotations

  • Trauma/General Surgical ICU (6 months)
  • Cardiovascular Surgical ICU (1 month)
  • Pediatric ICU (1 month)
  • Vascular/Thoracic ICU and
  • Neuroscience ICU (1 month)
  • Transplant ICU (1 month)
  • Bronchoscopy (1 month)
  • Hyperbaric chamber (1 week)

Elective options

  • Acute care surgery (1 month)
  • Echocardiography (1 month)
  • Nephrology ICU (1 month)
  • Medical ICU (1 month)

Sample schedule for this fellowship:

Month Rotation/Elective Options
July Trauma/General Surgical ICU
August Liver transplant
September Cardiovascular Surgical ICU
October Pediatric ICU
November Trauma/General Surgical ICU
December Trauma/General Surgical ICU
January Trauma/General Surgical ICU
February Hyperbaric chamber (1 week) / Nephrology ICU (3 weeks)
March Vascular/Thoracic ICU and Neuroscience ICU
April Acute care surgery
May Trauma/General Surgical ICU
June Trauma/General Surgical ICU

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, formal courses, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the fellowship.

Fellows complete the following courses:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor

In addition, each fellow attends and becomes an instructor in the courses Fundamental Critical Care and Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care. Surgical Critical Care fellows also attend an advanced trauma operative management course and the American College of Surgeons Ultrasound in the Surgical ICU course.

Fellows attend a national critical care meeting, such as a meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma or Western Trauma Association.

Research training

Research opportunities are available to fellows interested in academics. Advisers and resources are available and each fellow is encouraged to obtain instructor of surgery status upon their start in the fellowship.

Call frequency

Your call schedule will vary by individual rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Teaching opportunities

You will have the opportunity to teach Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students, visiting students and residents on a regular basis. In addition, fellows teach Advanced Trauma Life Support, Fundamental Critical Care and Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care courses.


To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout this program. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member after the completion of each clinical rotation, and then you meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.

March 20, 2012