About Our Program
Thank you for your interest in our Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital/Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), an ACGME accredited program. The section of Surgical Critical Care is a component of the Division of Trauma in the Department of Surgery at Cooper University Hospital and offers a one-year, fully accredited fellowship in surgical critical care.
Cooper University Hospital is the largest academic medical center as well as the only Level I Trauma Center in southern New Jersey. The medical center serves the tertiary care needs of a population of approximately 2.5 million people and provides a broad spectrum of medical services. Facilities for the critically injured/critically ill patient include 77 critical care beds divided among medical/ICU (30), trauma/surgical ICU (16), cardiac care unit (12), trauma step down unit (9), stroke unit (4) and pediatric ICU (6).
As an active Level I Trauma Center, a major emphasis of our fellowship program is on the evaluation, resuscitation and management of the acute trauma patient and related critical care. Fellowship experience does not stop with trauma as the program also encompasses care for critically ill patients in many surgical realms with specialties that include general, vascular, thoracic, and neurosurgical, just to name a few. With the increasing size of the aged population our fellows have the added benefit of working with academic medical critical care intensivists during their medical/surgical ICU rotations. These aspects allow each fellow to tailor the fellowship program to individual goals and clinical needs.
Our faculty includes a diverse mixture of specialties. While the core faculty is surgical, the fellow also benefits from exposure to other critical care specialties including medicine, pediatrics and anesthesia. No matter what discipline, all faculty are committed to the education of critical care fellows.
The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program is based at Cooper University Hospital. As the flagship teaching hospital of CMSRU, Cooper is a 635 bed, not-for-profit academic center that provides a broad spectrum of medical and surgical treatment options as well as being dedicated to the treatment of the critically ill and critically injured patient.
During the 12 months, the fellow will be required to spend eight months in the trauma/surgical ICU and one month rotating through medical ICU. One month will be dedicated to the trauma service and one month will be spent on elective rotations which may include, but are not limited to, anesthesia, pediatric ICU, cardiovascular ICU, EMS, or further rotations in the medical/surgical ICU, trauma, or a surgical subspecialty. Fellows will receive four weeks of vacation during their year at Cooper.
The educational philosophy of this Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program is to provide a strong foundation of advanced surgical critical care knowledge and skills upon which a scientifically sound, systematic approach to the management of critically ill and critically injured patients can be developed. This program provides trainees with an advanced level of specialized skills required to attain a mastery of all aspects of surgical critical care for patients of all age groups. Trainees will be afforded the opportunity to become specialists in the clinical management of critically ill patients, in teaching surgical critical care, in critical care research, and in the administration of surgical critical care units.
The surgical critical care fellow is required to take in-house calls and also required to take, on average, seven calls a month. The fellow will have operative responsibility in compliance with the RRC guidelines. Except for post-call hours, the fellow will be required to attend morning report, trauma ICU rounds and conferences Monday through Friday.
Program Director: John M. Porter, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director: Salina M. Wydo, MD, FACS
Karen Orlando, Coordinator
Cooper University Health Care
Office of Surgical Education
Three Cooper Plaza, Suite 411
Camden, NJ 08103