Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Doctors use robotic drill during surgery

Our Philosophy

The overall philosophy of the Surgical Critical Care Residency is to provide an intense exposure to all aspects of surgical critical care in a busy, inner-city tertiary care hospital; a private, highly specialized healthcare facility; and the nation’s second-largest Burn Center. Our fellows’ exposure includes the procedural and administrative skills necessary to care for critically ill patients, manage critical care units, teach critical care curricula and conduct quality critical care research.

The program offers a one-year Surgical Critical Fellowship and a one-year Burn Critical Care Fellowship. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Board of Surgeons Surgical Critical Care Board exam.

Mission Statement

To provide participants in the Valleywise Health Surgical Critical Care Residency with the advanced clinical training necessary to become leaders in Surgical Critical Care medicine.

To accomplish this mission, the Valleywise Health Surgical Critical Care Residency is an intensive clinical, educational, administrative, and research experience that utilizes two busy, urban academic medical centers in the 5th largest city in the United States. This model will provide an integrated, multidisciplinary critical care training experience that encompasses all clinical disciplines.

Upon successful completion of the Valleywise Health Surgical Critical Care Residency, the Surgical Critical Care Resident will attain knowledge and expertise to:

  • Satisfy the six core competencies as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • Qualify for Board Certification in Surgical Critical Care by obtaining an American Board of Surgery Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care, and
  • Become clinically, administratively, and academically successful in their surgical critical care career. Optional advanced training in Burn Surgery will be available through an additional year of training at the Arizona Burn Center. Successful completion of this Burn Surgery Fellowship, when combined with the Valleywise Health Surgical Critical Care Residency, will provide the surgical intensivist the necessary skills to manage the most complex trauma, burn, and acute care surgery cases in either the academic or private practice setting of their choice.

The teaching faculty of Creighton University’s Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program are united by their unwavering commitment to respect in the face of diversity, inter-professional collaboration, life-long scholarship, and compassion for those who are suffering. These values ensure a training program that is learner-focused, is academically rigorous, prioritizes well-being and sense of purpose without sacrificing education, and allows recruitment of trainees with the highest moral character.


  1. To provide a setting in which advanced, highly skilled, adult education may take place leading to the knowledge base and skillset to provide excellence in patient care and board certification in surgical critical care medicine.
  2. Our faculty will strive to provide an opportunity for the resident to, not only acquire an in-depth knowledge of surgical critical care medicine and advanced surgical skills, but to also develop both academically and professionally into a highly trained, superb surgical intensivist.
  3. Our graduates will be prepared to expertly lead a multidisciplinary team in the operating room and intensive care unit to care for critically ill surgical patients in the work environment of their choice.