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Trauma Surgery – Professional Education

Trauma Surgery – Professional Education

The objective of our educational programs is to train the best clinical and academic surgeons possible. This begins with the education of our medical students in clerkships and continues through residency and Surgical Critical Care and/or Acute Care Surgery Fellowships. 

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Our program provides the opportunity for trainees of all levels to learn the fundamentals of basic science as applied to clinical surgery. In addition, the program provides outstanding experience in the resuscitative, pre-operative, operative, and post-operative care of patients in the trauma, acute care or critical care surgery realm.

Residencies and Fellowships

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Our Acute Care Surgery fellowship is similar to the AAST recommendation for Acute Care Surgery fellowships. The successful candidate will have already completed the first year in an ACGME approved surgical critical care fellowship. This fellowship is designed to train leaders in academic acute care surgery through an intensive clinical and educational experience.

Qualified applicants should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of an ACGME approved surgical critical care fellowship
  • Board eligibility or certification by the American Board of Surgery
  • Established ability as a teacher of medical students

A variety of clinical experiences will be offered including rotations with thoracic, vascular and hepatobiliary. There is an opportunity for an international rotation to facilitate the educational process with a diverse patient population.

The training program is based at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a 491 bed tertiary care medical center in a rural setting, serving central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma Center for both the adult and pediatric population in south Central Pennsylvania with approximately 2,000 admissions to the adult service annually. The SICU is a 30-bed state-of-the-art complex providing critical care services for over 1800 patients annually. The patient population in the SICU includes a diverse mix of cardiothoracic, general, vascular, transplant, trauma, and neurosurgical cases.

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An Intensive Care Unit exposure to patients after surgery and trauma. Emphasis is placed on teaching the techniques of pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurological, nutritional, and pain management. Principles of physiology are emphasized, and students participate in decisions of management. Students will be evaluated by the SICU faculty based on their participation in rounds, knowledge of critical care medicine, contribution to looking up and sharing new knowledge required by the team, procedural skills, eagerness to learn, and involvement in social interactions with the family, etc. of their patients.

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Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Continuing Education

A variety of trauma and acute care surgery continuing education programs are held throughout the year. When available, registration links will appear below.

Penn State Health Children's Hospital
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Cancer Institute
Penn State University