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Fellowship training in Acute Care Surgery: from inception to current state
  1. Kimberly A Davis1,
  2. Gregory J Jurkovich2
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  2. 2Department of Surgery, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kimberly A Davis; kimberly.davis{at}


Recognizing the need for urgent and emergent surgical care across America, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma developed and implemented, and oversees, the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Training Program. Now in its 10th year, the fellowship has become an established post-General Surgery Fellowship Training Program, with 20 approved programs and 82 fellows trained. Consistent with the desire to have this non-Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fellowship one with the highest standards, several educational improvements have occurred since its origin. The following is an account of the background and evolution of what has become a significant educational contribution to surgery.

  • acute care surgery
  • surgical training
  • graduate medical education
  • emergency general surgery

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