Trauma/Emergency Surgery Core Competencies

Patient Care

  • Fellows will gather essential and accurate information about their patients
  • Fellows will make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information, scientific evidence, and clinical judgment
  • Fellows will develop and carry out patient management plans in the Emergency Department, Trauma Bay, Operating Room, ICU, and general care units
  • Fellows will communicate effectively with consultants and other health care providers, leading to patient focused care
  • Fellows will communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behavior when interacting with patients and families.

Medical Knowledge

  • Fellows will demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to patient care.
  • Fellows will know and apply to their patients basic and clinically supportive science in relation to blunt injury, penetrating injury, and emergency surgical pathology
  • Fellows will develop a working knowledge of the aspects of managing the trauma team and related personnel, while using triage concepts to stratify care to multiply injured, and multiple patients.
  • Fellows will develop a working knowledge of the administrative and management aspects of running a Trauma Service.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Fellows will locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to trauma and emergency surgery.
  • Fellows will use critical appraisal of the literature in journal club and their own readings to evaluate clinical studies as they relate to injured and critically ill surgical patients.
  • Fellows will use information technology to manage patient information and support their own education.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Fellows will create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients.
  • Fellows will work effectively with others as leaders of the Trauma team.


  • Fellows will demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and adherence to ethical principles
  • Fellows will demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender, and disabilities.

Systems-Based Practice

  • Fellows will understand how Trauma care and practices affect other health care professionals, the care organization, and the larger society.
  • Fellows will practice cost-effective health care and research allocation that does not compromise quality of care.

Junior/Peer/Faculty Education

  • Fellows will be committed to the education of residents, medical students, and other health care providers on the Trauma/Emergency Surgery service.
  • Fellows will contribute to the ongoing education of all involved in the care of the critically-ill patient through formal lectures prepared for Trauma Multidisciplinary Conference, Trauma Division Morbidity/Mortality Conference, Journal Clubs, and other formal forums.