Denver Health's Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (TACS) Fellowship was approved as an official training site by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) in May 2008. This fellowship encompasses trauma and non-trauma surgical emergencies, as well as surgical critical care. TACS training provides comprehensive emergent surgical and critical care to trauma and non-trauma conditions in virtually any body region or organ system. Through this integrated educational experience, Denver Health provides residents with the training to become academic leaders in this emerging discipline.
During the second year of the fellowship, the TACS fellow acquires a comprehensive knowledge of critical care, trauma, emergency general surgery, advanced operative skills and procedural techniques in thoracic and vascular surgery. Under the supervision of attending faculty members, the TACS fellow will be the physician responsible for patient evaluation, care and intervention of all acutely ill surgical patients. Specific rotations on thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, transplant/hepatobiliary surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery and interventional radiology expand the general knowledge base and specific technical skills of the fellow. The TACS fellow takes call once a week under the supervision of the TACS attending surgeon. Call at Denver Health embodies this paradigm of training, as the fellow evaluates and operates on patients with trauma as well as thoracic, vascular, and abdominal, neurologic and orthopedic emergencies.