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Welcome to the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program
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The ACGME-accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship offers many opportunities for trauma surgeons:
  • training by world renowned Trauma Specialists;
  • exposure to critical care and burn injury victims;
  • training in echocardiography for fluid status management;
  • experience with point of care ultrasound, trauma systems and disaster planning;
  • educating pre-hospital personnel; trauma prevention and mentorship;
  • obtaining publications;
  • and exposure to amazing clinical experiences at a Level 1 Trauma Center.

> Learn more about the VCU Trauma Center

The Fellowship Program also provides opportunities for international collaboration with other trauma-related professionals through it's active partnership with the Panamerican Trauma Society

VCU Professor Emeritus, Dr. Rao Ivatury, discusses the Panamerican Trauma Society's 2014 Annual Meeting in Panama City, Panama, November 11–14


Our mission is to train the future leaders in trauma, critical care and emergency surgery while providing clinical excellence. Our fellowship is constructed to enhance an understanding of trauma and critical care as a global disease, and to provide the fellow with opportunities for professional advancement in the areas of international research, training, and education.

In the video below, Dr. Ferrada discusses the mutual benefits of international collaborations in academic surgery.



VCU Medical Center, Critical Care HospitalAs part of Virginia Commonwealth University—a Carnegie Foundation Level I Research University—the VCU Medical Center boasts major programs in cardiac, solid organ transplant, neurosurgery, and women's health. The Evans-Haynes Burn Center was the first civilian burn unit in the country and remains the only such facility in the state.

MCV Hospitals, the teaching hospital component of the VCU Medical Center, is the region's only Level I Trauma Center. It has 20 Surgical Trauma ICU beds and separate neurosurgical, cardiac surgery and burn critical care units.

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Documents Required to Apply:

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  2. 3 original letters of recommendation. One must be dated within past year.
    — If currently in program must have one from current program director.
  3. Medical school diploma (certified copy)
  4. Medical school transcript (certified copy)
  5. Current CV
  6. Personal Statement
  7. Notarized copies of the following:
         > USMLE 1, USMLE 2, and USMLE 3

Interview Process:

Applications will be reviewed only after receipt of all required materials.

The deadline for scheduling interviews is August 15 of each academic year.

The fellowship uses the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to fill the available slots. THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS OPEN FEBRUARY TO AUGUST OF EACH YEAR.

> SAFAS ONLINE Application

Please direct all inquiries regarding the fellowship application to:
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACSPaula Ferrada MD, FACS | bio
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Associate Professor, VCU School of Medicine
Medical Director, STICU, VCU Health


The education of our Fellows and Residents is always our priority. We have built a very detailed curriculum. These efforts have resulted in a 100% pass-rate for the American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Certifying Exam for the past eight years.

For Fellowship educational materials please visit:

Critical Care Fellowship Intranet (eID password required)


Fellowship Program Director :

Primary Appointments in Surgery:

Primary Appointments in Emergency Medicine:

Primary Appointments in Anesthesia:

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Paula Ferrada, MD
Paula Ferrada, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Delivery Address:
West Hospital
15th Floor, East Wing
1200 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23298
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Mailing address:
P.O. Box 980454
Richmond, VA 23298-0454

Phone: (804) 828-7748
Fax: (804) 827-0701


Mark Blum, MD
Critical Care Fellow (PGY-6)

Ashanthi Ratnasekera, MD
Critical Care Fellow (PGY-6)

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