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​​​​​​​​​Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Program

Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia offers 1-2 funded, one year clinical fellowship in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. The fellowship is designed to prepare general surgeons for imaginative and dynamic careers dedicated to caring for patients with acutely life-threatening surgical conditions.

Clinical Excelle​nce

Promoting a diverse and intense clinical experience is a central priority of the fellowship program. All clinical activities take place at the Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia’s provincial level 1 trauma center. The fellowship provides a high volume operative experience in trauma and acute care surgery. Trauma/ACS fellows serve as clincal and administrative chiefs on dedicated Trauma and ACS services, and are responsible for directing patient management, teaching, and initiation and completion of surveillance and quality improvement initiatives. In addition to the trauma and acute care surgery blocks, fellows will rotate through highly relevant surgical subspecialties including, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic and Transplant Surgery, and will have the option of participating in a 6-8 week clinical and research exchange in a high volume academic trauma center in South Africa. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate and teach in structured educational curricula including the ATLS and ATLS Instructors’ Courses, the STARTT Course, ultrasound training, REBOA training, and the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course.

Academic Excellence

The fellowship has a rigorous educational curriculum, with structured reading, journal article reviews, video sessions, and formal rounds, that promote both breadth and depth of knowledge. All fellows will also develop academic agendas in 1-2 areas, based on their personal interest and career ambitions. These projects may span numerous disciplines but could include work in clinical research, quality improvement, health informatics, health policy, public and global health, surgical education, and leadership.


Fellows will be training at a level 1 academic trauma center, at the center of an organized, provincial trauma system. They will have exposure to all administrative and quality processes in an integrated, surgeon led system of trauma care. Fellows will be encouraged and supported to view injury control as a public health issue that requires broad, innovative, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Apply Now​

We offer 1-2 funded one-year position(s) for the August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024 term.

Applicants should have completed a full General Surgery residency. If you are a non-Canadian applicant, you must be eligible for an Educational License with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons. If you are a Canadian applicant, you must apply​ for a Full License with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2022. Please submit your CV, personal statement and 3 letters of reference.  

All application material and inquiries should be sent to :

Sandra Santander​
Academic Program Assistant
Trauma Services – Vancouver General Hospital
Phone 604.875.5292 / Fax 604.875.5348​

Fellowship Program Director
Emilie Joos, MDCM, FRCSC

Associate Fellowship Program Director