Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Message from the Director

Program Director William Flynn Jr. MD, FACS

On behalf of the Department of Surgery and the Division of Surgical Critical Care, we welcome you to our webpage describing the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship offered by the Department of Surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Our one year curriculum consists of nine months of surgical critical care and three months of operative experience in trauma, acute care surgery, burn and cardiothoracic surgery. The curriculum is based on the Society of Surgical Critical Care Program Director’s Weekly Curriculum and graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Surgery’s certificate of Added Qualification in Surgical Critical Care. Fellows will have the opportunity to teach medical students and resident staff and to conduct supervised research with faculty mentors. Exposure to the continuous quality improvement process will be an integral part of the educational experience as well as administering an American College of Surgeon’s Level 1 Trauma program. Additional training in vascular surgery, medical informatics, public health, business and hospital administration are available.

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any questions about how our program can meet your educational goals, I look forward to speaking with you. I can be contacted through

Program Description

The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery is now offering an ACGME accredited fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. The fellowship is structured as a one year clinical program with nine months of critical care and three months of Operative Experience. The program also meets the requirements administered by the American Board of Surgery for Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Clairice Cooper Receives Certificate of Fellowship (2018)
Dr. Clairice Cooper Receives Certificate of Fellowship (2018)

Program Goals

The main goal of this program is to provide scholarship, experience, and mentorship to prepare graduates to care for critically ill patients.

To achieve the main goal, the training program has four secondary goals which emphasize the core competencies identified by the ACGME and uses guidelines or directions found in the ACGME Surgical Critical Care program requirements.

These secondary goals are:

  • Develop the skills and competencies of a practicing surgical critical care physician and in educational environment that emphasizes patient and trainee safety
  • Enhance and develop methods of skill and effort that will allow the trainee to maintain a current and high level of scholarship
  • Prepare the fellow for quality critical care
  • Assist trainee in selecting and achieving career interests

In addition to our program goals, the Fellowship is required to meet the milestones identified by the ACGME.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective Fellows are required to have completed an ACGME accredited residency program in General Surgery. In addition, applicants must be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery. Please note that we sponsor J-1 visas only.

Application Process

Applications will only be accepted via the Surgical critical care and Acute care surgery Fellowship Application Services (SAFAS). SAFAS Website

The following items are required for your application submission:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Scores
  • American Board of Surgery In-training exam scores
  • Completed Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Application
  • ECFMG Certificate (for foreign medical graduates)

Contact Information

For all inquiries or application requests, please contact:

Megan Kellogg 
Program Coordinator
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Phone: (716) 898-5283
Fax: (716) 898-5029