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Inova Surgical Critical Care Fellowship: Rotations

Inova Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is a 12-month program consisting of the following rotations:

  • Surgical Critical Care Service (SCCS), 8 months
  • Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU), 1 month
  • Electives, 3 months
  • Vacation, 4 weeks of paid time off (should not be taken during the CVICU rotations)


The SCCS, comprised of the trauma/surgical critical care faculty, covers mainly the trauma ICU, but also provides consultation to patients in all other critical care units in the hospital. The SCCS census runs at between 10 and 20 patients per day. The patient mix is mostly trauma, but also includes general surgery, vascular, thoracic, transplant, plastic surgery, maxillofacial, obstetrical and gynecological patients.


The CVICU rotation is supervised by the director of critical care for Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. The patient population consists of postoperative cardiac, thoracic, and major vascular surgery patients, including heart and lung transplant, aortic and heart surgery, lung resection, esophageal surgery and minimally invasive cardiothoracic procedures.