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Department of Surgery
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Adult Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The one-year Adult Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellowship is administered through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Clinical training for the fellowship includes rotations through multiple units at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, including the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Cardiothoracic/Transplant Intensive Care Unit (CTICU), Neuro-Sciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) and Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). Elective rotations in Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Echocardiography, Hospice & Palliative Care, Coronary Care (CCICU), as well as Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units are offered at Northwestern. All elective and customized rotations have documented educational value and clear goals approved by the ACGME; they proceed under the supervision of experienced faculty.


The goal of the Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship training at Northwestern is to graduate SCC specialists who are able to fulfill and advance the clinical, administrative and research expectations of future leaders in SCC.

Graduates of the Northwestern SCC fellowship are expected to:

  1. Implement best evidence-based practices that are cost-effective, adhere to patient safety principles and improve patient outcomes
  2. Demonstrate advanced decision-making abilities during complex clinical situations
  3. Operate effectively within multidisciplinary patient care teams
  4. Practice effective and comprehensive communication skills with patients, families and teams of healthcare providers
  5. Participate in quality control projects to achieve institutional and national quality benchmarks and improve patient outcomes
  6. Design and conduct research projects that are relevant to the science of critical care
  7. Develop essential administrative and managerial skills that improve resource utilization within the critical care unit and the institution
  8. Illustrate competence in utilizing monitoring and support devices essential for patient care


The comprehensive curriculum was designed to ensure that fellows are prepared for independent practice as SCC specialists who are excellent and compassionate clinicians, thorough scientists and visionary leaders in the field.

Curricular elements for SCC fellowship at Northwestern were adopted from four main sources:

  1. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (Guidelines for Advanced Training for Physicians in Critical CareCrit Care Med 1997; 25:1601-1607)
  2. The Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society (Training and certification in surgical critical care: a position paper by the Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society. J Trauma. 2010 Aug; 69 (2): 471-474)
  3. The ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Surgical Critical Care
  4. American Board of Surgery- Content Outline for the Certifying and MOC (Recertification) Examination

Educational Events

  • Bedside multidisciplinary rounds (daily)
  • Morning report (Monday-Wednesday every week)
  • Multidisciplinary Critical Care Core Curriculum Series (once or twice a month)
  • Multidisciplinary Journal Club (once a month)  
  • Pulmonary CCM (once a month) 
  • Anesthesia CC Conference (once a month)  
  • CCM Journal Club (once a month)
  • Simulation Series (October - May)
  • SICU M&M (last Wednesday of the month)

 Sample Rotation Schedule

  • July: SICU
  • August: NSICU
  • September: SICU
  • October: MICU
  • November: SICU
  • December: CCU/ECHO
  • January: SICU
  • February: OR/PICU
  • March: SICU
  • April: CTICU
  • May: SICU
  • June: SICU

 Requirements & Eligibility

This program is available to individuals seeking additional training in surgical critical care who have:

  1. Satisfactory completed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2, and 3
  2. Completed a United States ACGME-accredited residency program
  3. And are eligible for medical licensure in the State of Illinois

 Application Process

Candidates are asked to submit all application documents through the SCC and ACS Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS). Access the SAFAS application service and follow the Applicant Instructions located on the homepage. Requested documents are:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your program director
  • ABSITE scores
  • USMLE scores

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Nabil Issa, MD

Program Director

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Amy Yegge

Program Coordinator

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Alexander M. Johnston, MD

MD: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Residency: Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital

Michael A. Masteller, MD

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago - Mount Sinai

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We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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