Trauma Surgery Rotation

The Trauma Service at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is fully accredited Level I Trauma service, 1 of only 4 in Los Angeles County.

The Trauma Service, under the responsibility of a general surgery team, is comprised of surgical residents with around-the-clock faculty support. There is a steady volume of patients with major injuries, of which 91 percent are blunt and 9 percent are penetrating.

Residents collaborate closely with other services including neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery for the optimal care of these patients. Such collaboration is fostered by the rotation on neurosurgery in the first year.

At the end of this rotation, residents should be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the pathophysiologic effect of blunt and penetrating trauma
  • The ability to effectively manage the surgical care of a patient with complex multi-system injuries
  • A knowledge of and ability to manage a variety of healthcare services for trauma patients, such as transportation, emergency room and in-hospital care and rehabilitation