Acute Care Surgery Fellowship

Overview Of Our Program

Acute care surgery is the subspecialty of surgery that manages complex emergency general surgery, traumatic injuries, and critically-ill surgical patients. The goal of the 2-year fellowship is to prepare the fellow to independently provide care to the most injured and ill emergency general surgery and trauma patients. This fellowship focuses on clinical experience, didactics, research, and professional development to prepare the fellows for independent practice in the subspecialty.

The University Hospital-New Jersey Trauma Center has one AAST approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowship position. The position is for 1 year following successful completion of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Acute Care Surgery Fellowship is part of the Division of Trauma in the Department of Surgery at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ.

The fellow rotation schedule is typically:

  • 3 months Emergency General Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 3 months Trauma Surgery
  • 1 month Vascular Surgery
  • 1 month Transplant Procurement/Elective Liver Surgery
  • 1 month Cardiothoracic
  • 2 weeks Interventional Radiology
  • 2 weeks Elective (Academic and Research projects)
  • 2 weeks elective (Neurosurgery, Orthopedic) x2 on demand

We provide our fellow with 4 weeks of vacation. The fellow is paired with a faculty mentor to complete a QI/research project during the course of the year. Opportunities and support for additional research projects are available for interested fellows. Several of our fellows have presented at national meetings.


Newark is located in northern New Jersey approximately 10 miles from downtown Manhattan. The proximity to New York City makes it feasible to enjoy fine dining, entertainment, and fun of the Big Apple. Additionally, some of our fellows have chosen to live in New York City during their fellowship year. Northern New Jersey also offers a great suburban environment for children and family. Our fellows have commuted from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Three Perfect Days in Newark


Requirement for application to our fellowship includes that Surgeons are required to have completed the core training requirements of a Resident Review Committee (RRC)-approved residency in General Surgery and/or be American Board of Surgery eligible. Thus, the fellows should have already developed a satisfactory level of clinical maturity, technical skills, and surgical judgment that will enable them to begin a fellowship in the field of Acute Care Surgery. The period of training is two sequential years, and the program must comply with these requirements for fellowship training. The key components of this training include trauma surgery, surgical critical care, and complex emergency general surgery. The surgical critical care component of the fellowship must meet the requirements of an ACGME accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship.


To apply to our program, please apply through SAFAS . We accept and review applications for each upcoming fellowship year in March and then on a rolling basis through July of each year. We review your application when complete including letters of recommendation. At this time, we anticipate we will be performing interviews on Tuesdays from May through August. We will give you a specific list of dates if you are accepted for interview. The interview dates are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage you to apply early. We participate in the NRMP Match, and we expect applicants to participate with the NRMP. Further information about the match process can be found on the NRMP website. Additionally, we are a distinct program from that at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


For inquiries about our program or to follow up on your application, please email or call us at:

Phone: 973-972-4759 

Fax: 973-972-6803

You will be contacted by the Program Director, Dr. Ziad C. Sifri.

Thank you for your interest in our program and we look forward to meeting you.


Ziad C. Sifri, MD

Program Director SCC Fellowship
Professor of Surgery
Director, Office of Global Health
Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Office
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Department of Surgery
185 South Orange Avenue
MSB G506
Newark, New Jersey 07103
Phone: 973-972-3808