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Trauma Acute Care Surgery Externship


Externship Update

All Inova in-person public classes and events have been postponed for the time being. When available, it is our intention to provide updates about all scheduled events.

The Inova Trauma Center is proud to sponsor an inside look at trauma care through our Trauma Acute Care Surgery (ACS) Externship.

This program is designed for pre-medical students considering a career in surgery. A full-time, two-week commitment is required for students to gain insight and experience within the continuum of trauma care.

2020 Program Dates

June 1-12, 2020

Application deadline: January 31, 2020

Helpful Documents

Submit completed applications via email:

Questions: 703-776-2274

What Are the Benefits to Inova's Trauma ACS Externship?

The Trauma ACS Externship emphasizes the coordinated, systematic manner in which a regional trauma system provides optimal trauma care to the community. This program is an uncompensated opportunity for college students to participate in an observational educational experience. Our goal is to give participants an in-depth view into the personal and professional rewards of a career in trauma care.

Externs follow the multidisciplinary trauma team, including trauma surgeons, trauma nurses, social workers, physical therapists and other allied healthcare providers. Externs also join the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for a ride-along experience responding to emergency calls. During the program, participants interact directly with trauma acute care surgeons and are present during daily rounds, patient assessments, emergency resuscitations, and surgical procedures.

Trauma care is a vital component of a community’s emergency response system. Quality trauma patient care depends on committed people in a variety of healthcare occupations, along with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Inova Trauma Center is dedicated to providing world-class trauma care and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Northern Virginia designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia and verified by the American College of Surgeons.

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