Fellowship

Mission:

To prepare trainees for a rewarding career caring for patients and their loved ones during their times of greatest need through the application of best effective practices, graduated responsibility, and mentorship.

Program Overview:

The Division of Trauma/Acute Care Surgery/Surgical Critical Care at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is proud to offer two (2) fellowship positions in Surgical Critical Care annually.  This intense 1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship provides trainees with an opportunity to care for a unique and diverse patient population in a busy County hospital environment.

Harbor-UCLA is the busiest and only Levl 1 trauma center serving the South Bay of Los Angeles County.  Annually, the Division provides high-quality and compassionate care for > 4,500 injured patients, of which 20% present following a penetrating mechanism of injury.  In the 2017 calendar year, the Division of Trauma performed ovre 2,000 trauma and emergency general surgery cases.  In addition to caring for patients admitted to the fast-paced 14-bed Trauma-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), the Division of Trauma also manages all Acute Care & Emergency General Surgery patients.

Fellow Responsibilities:

In addition to a rich clinical experience, ample research opportunities exist.  As a major training site for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, fellows are also expected to actively participate in the education of both medical students and residents.  Leadership opportunities and administrative experience are also encouraged through active participation in ongoing patient safety and quality improvement projects, as well as hospital committee efforts.

Curriculum Description:

Rotation Schedule

SICU - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center | 6 month

CTE - Harbor-UCLA Trauma/ACS - St. Francis Hospital | 2 months

PICU - Children's Hospital of Orange County | 1 month

Research | 1 month

TOTAL:  12 months

Bedside Teaching Rounds

Tuesdays     10:00am

Multidisciplinary Rounds

Tuesdays     11:00am

Ultrasound Image Review & Mini-Journal Club

Tuesdays     11:00am

Journal Club

Tuesdays     2:00-3:00pm

Academic Half-Day

Wednesdays     7:30-9:30am

Weekly Trauma/Critical Care Conference

Thursdays     12:00-1:00pm

Simulation and Surgical Skills

Throughout the academic year, numerous opportunities exist for fellows to participate in educational activities at the Harbor-UCLA Simulation Center, as well as the UCLA Simulation Center in Westwood.  All faculty in the Division of Trauma are actively involved in surgical skills and simulation training and hold leadership positions in key educational programs.

Funding and protected time are also provided for fellows to participate in American College of Surgeons trauma educational courses.  These include:  ATOM, ASSET, ATLS, BEST, DMEP.  Fellows are strongly encouraged to achieve ATLS Instructor certification.

Applicants:

Information 

A minimum of 3 years of general surgery training at an accredited residency program in the US is required.  Preference will be given to applicants who have completed a general surgery residency.  Please refer to the NRMP website for details regarding the SSC fellowship application process.  Non-US fellowship application process.  Non-US graduates with J1 visas are accepted.

Timelines and Dates

Invitations for interviews will be sesnt in late June each year.  Interviews take place in July and August.

Please contact Rosa Cruz for further information:

E-mail:  rosacruz@lundquist.org

Phone:  424-306-8074

Current Fellows:

2020-2021

Sean Degmetich, MD

Ryan McPherson, DO

Dr. Degmetich completed his general surgery residency at Riverside Community Health System and medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. McPherson completed his general surgery residency at Honor Health and medical School at Kansas City University.

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Sean Degmetich, MD

Education
Doctorate of Medicine: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: Riverside Community Health System

Board Certifications

General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care

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Ryan McPherson, DO

Education
Doctorate of Medicine: Kansas City University
Residency: Honor Health

Board Certifications

General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care