Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

This Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship program focuses on a greater educational opportunity around inpatient post-operative care management.

The Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship contains a robust transplant and VAD training program and it is highly focused on research efforts in those areas. Achieving the program's goals and objectives will serve as evidence of personal and professional growth. Achieving these goals and objectives will represent satisfactory levels of progress. While faculty is supervising patient care, they will continuously provide feedback and mentorship. Our goal for this fellowship is to have our fellows feel supported, encouraged, and confident in their skills.

Program Goals & Objectives

After completing a one-year minimum fellowship, the graduate should be proficient in the

  • Knowledge with pre-operative and post-operative care for congenital heart defects.
  • Develop knowledge and sufficient skills to be an effective first assistant.
  • Develop independent skills in progression that include sternotomy and wound closure, arterial and venous cannulation to institute cardiopulmonary bypass, and weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass.
  • Ability to perform single cardiothoracic procedures under a senior assistant.
  • Understanding techniques for re-operative pediatric cardiac surgery.
  • Understand conduct of pediatric heart transplantation.


During recruitment, the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program utilizes the SAFAS application service. Please follow the SAFAS application instructions that are located on the SAFAS Web Site.

Applications for Appointment Year 2020-2021

SAFAS is now open for the 2020-2021 program year.

All applicants must also register for the NRMP SCC Match.


As a surgical critical care fellow, you would be able to take advantage of clinical rotations at nearby sites in the Twin Cities metropolitan area: University of Minnesota Medical Centera Division of Fairview (UMMC), North Memorial Medical Center (NMMC), Regions Hospital, and Hennepin Healthcare (HCMC). These rotations encompass the range of critical care problems related to surgical disease.

At all sites—UMMC, NMMC, Regions Hospital, and HCMCthe Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) are staffed by a complement of surgery residents who are assigned no other responsibilities. Full-time staff trained in critical care surgery make daily patient and teaching rounds, and they follow their own on-call schedule for night and weekend coverage. At UMMC, a staff anesthesiologist and an anesthesia resident also participate. Each of the SICUs admits more than 600 patients per year.

Electives at our core hospitals allow fellows to receive additional experience in pediatrics, trauma, echocardiography, neonatal critical care, pulmonary, and other areas of interest.

Frequent interaction, at regular didactic conferences and formal meetings as well as on a more impromptu basis, helps ensure open communication and diverse scholarship among the faculty at the University, Regions, North Memorial, and HCMC.

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC)

This 432-bed hospital, completed in 1986, overlooks the Mississippi River on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota's main Minneapolis campus. A major regional and national referral center, it draws more than 50% of its patients from outside the Twin Cities. Over 20,000 surgical procedures and 500 solid organ transplants are performed each year.

At UMMC, fellows concentrate on complicated general surgery patients, transplant recipients, and individuals with severe respiratory failure (referred from all the general surgery services, obstetrics and gynecology, otorhinolaryngology, and orthopaedics).

Regions Hospital

This 435-bed hospital is on the edge of downtown St. Paul, about 15 minutes (by car) east of the University of Minnesota East Bank Campus. Acclaimed for its large emergency department, regional trauma center, and burn unit, Regions serves a substantial segment of the population of St. Paul, the capital city of Minnesota, and Ramsey County.

At Regions, a designated level I trauma center, fellows focus on multiply injured trauma patients and critically ill patients from general surgery, orthopedic surgery, otorhinolaryngology surgery, cardiac surgery, and neurosurgery.

Hennepin Healthcare (HCMC)

This internationally-known, 422 bed acute care hospital is located in the heart of Minneapolis, approximately 5 minutes west of the University of Minnesota. HCMC is a comprehensive medical center and public hospital. The Emergency Department is the largest in the state with an annual volume of over 95,000 patient visits.

HCMC is an ACS-verified Level I Trauma Center. The population of trauma patients at this center includes a significant percentage of penetrating injuries (approx. 20%). Other unique patient populations at this center include patients with obstetrical emergencies admitted to the ICU and patients admitted for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen.

North Memorial Medical Center (NMMC)

North Memorial Memorial Medical Center is an independent, 518-bed, major tertiary-care referral hospital and Level I trauma center serving North Minneapolis and its northwestern suburbs, Greater Minnesota, and northwestern Wisconsin

At NMMC, fellows have broad exposure to blunt and penetrating trauma. As well as, concentrate on the continued care of multiply-injured patients who are admitted to the ICU.

Fairview Southdale Hospital

Fairview Southdale Hospital is a Level III Trauma Center that serves the greater Twin Cities metro area.