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Graduate Medical Education

Surgical Critical Care

For more information about this program please contact:

Paola Pieri, MD, FACS
Program Director

Donna Benavidez
Program Coordinator

The Surgical Critical Care fellowship program is based at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), a 325-bed acute care hospital located near the heart of downtown Phoenix. MIHS is a tertiary referral center for ambulatory care and long-term care within Maricopa County, as well as the state of Arizona. The hospital’s primary mission is to provide exceptional care, without exception, every patient, every time. Maricopa Integrated Health System sees a large case load in Level 1 Trauma, and the 45-bed Burn Center serves as the statewide burn center and regional burn center to parts of Utah and New Mexico.

The overall philosophy of the proposed MIHS 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 (MIHS), and a private, highly specialized healthcare facility (Mayo Clinic – Phoenix). Such 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. A significant didactic curriculum is planned, as well as self-learning goals under the guidance of board-certified surgical critical care faculty. Frequent formal evaluations and outcome measurements of resident performance will ensure that the six core competencies outlined by the ACGME are being met. Furthermore, many facets of trauma and emergency general surgery will be incorporated into the residency in order to give each critical care resident the opportunity to not only maintain their general surgical skills, but also allow long-term flexibility with job opportunities as a surgical intensivist and trauma/emergency general surgeon.

The program is designed to take advantage of the cooperative efforts of the entire Department of Surgery at MIHS with the surgical critical care faculty at the Mayo Clinic Critical Care Unit in Phoenix. Rotations take place at Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Arizona Burn Center and at the Mayo Clinic – Arizona Critical Care Unit. Direct supervision will be provided by board-certified surgical, internal medicine, or anesthesia critical care intensivists. Completion of the comprehensive one-year surgical critical care curriculum will be essential for graduation and justification for the ability to qualify for the Special Certification in Surgical Critical Care examination. Following the completion of the surgical critical care residency, further operative experience may be obtained with an additional 12 months of fellowship training in the field of burn surgery. This additional training will yield a burn certificate from The Arizona Burn Center at MIHS.

Application Process for Academic Year 2018-2019

The Surgical Critical Care Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Candidates are judged on the basis of academic background, letters of recommendation and interviews. Candidates must be finishing or have graduated from a ACGME accredited surgical residency program The department strictly follows EEOC guidelines. The program director and SCCR faculty review all applications. 
We currently accept one fellow for SCCR or a Burn fellowship
The Surgical Critical Care program is participating electronically via the SAFAS program. Please note: MIHS does not sponsor visas of any kind (i.e., J1, J2, H1, H2, H3, or F1).
Required material for a complete application:

  • Submit an application via SAFAS:
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • ABSITE scores
  • Graduate/Graduating resident from an Allopathic or Osteopathic accredited general surgery residency program

Selected applicants are invited to interview on an individual basis. The interview includes briefing by the program director, interviews with attending physicians from MIHS and Mayo Clinic’s critical care division, an informal lunch and a tour of the hospital.

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