Other Learning Opportunities

Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Fellowship

Weekly Conferences

  • Department Grand Rounds (Wednesday)
  • Surgical Morbidity and Mortality (Wednesday)
  • Trauma Conference / Multidisciplinary Trauma Conference (Thursday)
  • Fellows didactic conference (Friday)

Fellows receive a generous yearly educational stipend for attendance at national conferences and financial support for presenting abstracts, posters, and papers.


Defined weekly curriculum is scheduled using Scientific American Critical Care of the Surgical Patient.

Provider Wellbeing

We recognize the unique challenges our fellows face each day, as physicians caring for patients, and as learners. ChristianaCare has developed the Center of Provider Wellbeing to support our providers and help them to combat the symptoms of burnout. Some of the programs available for our providers are:

  • The Care for the Caregiver peer support program for adverse events and medical errors.
  • The Provider Litigation Program, which provides support and educational resources for providers in medical malpractice litigation.
  • Vital Worklife, a provider-focused program offering coaching, counseling, and work/life concierge services.
  • Executive coaching and leadership skills training.

Quality and Safety

Residents and fellows have opportunities to take part in interdepartmental learning experiences around quality and safety that include:

  • Resident/Fellow Quality and Safety Council: Each program selects a resident/fellow and faculty to discuss and present solutions to safety concerns.
  • Resident/Fellow Quality and Safety Journal Club: A monthly resident/fellow led presentation and discussion of a pertinent article on a departmental rotating basis.
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt: To develop the advanced skills to lead multi-functional improvement teams. Use Lean and Six Sigma tools and methods in improvement projects.
  • Achieving Competency Today (ACT): Issues in Quality, Cost, Systems and Safety: 12 weeks master’s level interdisciplinary curriculum for systems based practice and practice based learning and improvement. Interprofessional teams of learners collaboratively design and test solutions to identified challenges in healthcare delivery through an improvement project.

Pocket MBA

The ChristianaCare PocketMBA offers to a select group of residents/fellows and attending physicians the unique opportunity to study the business of healthcare by developing knowledge and skills of core MBA and critical healthcare topics. Each month, over the course of the academic year, the selected participants learn about 11 salient business and healthcare topics from leading University of Delaware (UD) faculty from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the College of Health Sciences.

The faculty meet with participants online and in-person to review each topic and discuss their application to ChristianaCare. As a capstone, participants compete as teams in a friendly case-competition in which they apply what they learn in the program to developing and presenting solutions to a healthcare industry Harvard Business case study. Their presentations are judged by a panel of UD faculty and ChristianaCare seniors leaders.

Six core PocketMBA topics include:

  • Power and influence.
  • Business ethics.
  • Entrepreneurial thinking.
  • Finance.
  • Accounting.
  • Organizational strategy.

Five critical healthcare topics include:

  • Population healthcare informatics.
  • E-service management in healthcare.
  • Patient experience and engagement.
  • Policy and finance.
  • Leadership and innovation in population health.

Upon the conclusion of the PocketMBA, participants will have a sharper understanding of the business, technology and policy pressures facing healthcare today. They will be better positioned as they advance their careers to balance the competing imperatives of care and cost in American healthcare today.

Leadership Development with LEED-R

LEED-R, also known as Leadership Excellence EDucation for Residents/Fellows, is a two week intensive, interdisciplinary program to develop the skills and tools to be an effective and efficient physician leader in health care now and in the future.

The LEED-R program includes a two-week block of protected time for intensive leadership development for a select group of 25 residents/fellows each year using the National Center for Healthcare Leadership competencies utilizing multiple platforms of learning and interaction with ChristianaCare leadership and outside experts on:

  • Self-Awareness & Leadership.
  • Develops People & Creates High Performance Teams.
  • Collaborates & Builds Relationships.
  • Enables Learning & Innovation.
  • Leads & Promotes Change.
  • Creates Value.

Highlights include working with professional media coaches and journalists on presentation skills and a leadership café – a ‘speed dating’ like event to meet 25 senior leaders.