The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV has a two-year fellowship in acute care surgery in Las Vegas. This fellowship includes a one-year ACGME-approved Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and the nation’s first AAST-approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowship.

The acute care surgery curriculum includes trauma surgery, acute general surgery, pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, neurologic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and interventional radiology. Electives are offered in burn surgery, colon and rectal surgery, rural surgery, and trauma systems.


Please contact us about questions you may have regarding your application to the program and interview.


The Burn Surgery Elective Program is a program dedicated to treating acutely burned patients in the burn center at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. This program runs simultaneously with the ACGME-Approved Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and the AAST-Approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowship. Upon completion of this Burn Surgery Program, fellows will receive a certificate of Added Qualifications in Burn Surgery and will be proficient to administer care and run a burn unit.

Training is completed at the University Medical Center, Nevada’s only Level 1 and Pediatric Level 2 Trauma Center, only burn center and the state’s busiest Emergency Department. The Trauma Center cares for 4,500 patients per year and performs over 300 exploratory laparotomies and 50 thoracotomies. In addition, there are 2,500 acute surgical cases per year.

Requirements include completion of an approved residency in general surgery and that the candidates be BC/BE. Candidates must also qualify for Nevada licensure and malpractice coverage. In addition to clinical excellence, a documented commitment to academic excellence is essential.

Duties include active clinical participation on the surgical and critical care services, student and resident teaching, and research, all within the global mission of developing and expanding the program in its clinical and academic spheres.

During the second year, the AAST-approved Acute Care Surgery Fellowship begins. Dr. Allison McNickle is program director of the fellowship. During this second year, after an initial period of in-depth supervised experience, the fellow will undergo a graded increase in responsibility to the level of junior faculty in acute care surgery including; trauma surgery, emergency general surgery, and surgical critical care. The fellow will have a faculty appointment and as an instructor of surgery, be credentialed as a member of the medical staff with full admitting and operating room privileges. During the AAST-approved second year, fellows enrolled in the Added Qualifications in Burn Surgery Program will integrate two to three months dedicated to treating acutely burned patients in the Burn Center. The fellow will meet all requirements by the AAST for the ACS fellowship, using the elective months to focus on burns.

This integrated experience in trauma, emergency general surgery, surgical critical care, and burns over two years enables an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology and management of acutely injured or critically ill surgical patients, principles of resuscitation, timing of operative intervention, critical care management, and the systems and resources required for high-level care and assures that graduates can perform at high levels, independent of supervision.

Apply to the Fellowship

Instructions for candidate applications are available at the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Application Service (SAFAS).

Acute Care Surgery Curriculum

  1. Rotations during the Surgical Critical Care Year:
    • Trauma / Surgical Critical Care – 6 months
    • Burn / Critical Care – 1 month
    • Pediatrics / Critical Care – 1 month
    • Trauma – 1 month
    • Infectious Disease / Nephrology – 1 month
    • Medical / Cardiac Critical Care – 1 month
    • Elective – 1 month
  2. Rotations during the Emergency and Elective Surgery Year:
    • Acute Care Surgery – 6 months
    • Thoracic Surgery – 2 months
    • Trauma Systems / Pre-Hospital Care – 1 month
    • Hepatobiliary Surgery – 1 month
    • Burn Surgery - 1 month
    • Elective – 1 month

Acute Care Surgery Fellows

Surgical Critical Care Fellows