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    How many years is the AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship program?
    2 years. Critical care fellowship training is completed as part of the two-year curriculum (must be an ACGME accredited critical program in surgery or anesthesia).

    What is the value of a two year Acute Care Surgery program over a one year program?
    The second year provides an opportunity for advanced operative experience and to focus in more depth on the nuances of trauma and emergency surgery. It also allows the fellow to further develop research interests in acute care surgery. Graduates of this program report high levels of confidence to practice independently.

    What are the prerequisites for applying for the AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship program?
    You must have completed or be in the final year of a residency in General Surgery. This is different than the requirements for surgical critical care.

    Do AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship programs sponsor J-1 visas?
    Sponsorship of foreigners is at the discretion of individual programs. Each prospective program should be contacted to determine your eligibility.

    How do I apply for the AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship?
    The AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship match positions are included in the NRMP Surgical Critical Care match and as of 2015 there is a central application program run through the Surgical Critical Care Program Director’s Society found at this link 

    Must I apply for a medical license for the Acute Care Surgery fellowship?
    Each program has different licensure requirements for trainees but often a full license is required by the second year of the program. Please confirm the license requirements with your individual program.

    What rotations are included in the AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship?
    A variety of rotations on thoracic/vascular/hepatobiliary or transplant may be provided by fellowship programs. In 2018, curricular requirements shifted to a longitudal/experiential model with case minimum requirements; hence some programs may or may not have dedicated rotations in these disciplines. Many electives are provided included international rotations at a few programs.

    Can I moonlight as an AAST Acute Care Surgery fellow? 
    Moonlighting can be done at the discretion of your program director. Internal moonlighting must not exceed the 80-hour weekly limit.

    Is there an exam at the completion of the AAST Acute Care Surgery fellowship?
    Trainees must complete a multiple choice examination towards the end of the fellowship program. The examination is currently free and online.

    Is board certification available for Acute Care Surgery?
    There is currently no board certification in Acute Care Surgery, but fellowship graduates are issued a certificate from the AAST. Fellows are eligible to take the surgical critical care certifying exam at the end of the first year.


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