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Trauma Acute Care Surgery Externship


The Inova Trauma Center is proud to sponsor an inside look at trauma care through our trauma acute care surgery externship.

This program is designed for premedical 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.

2023 Program Dates

  • June 5 – 16, 2023
  • Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2023

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What Are the Benefits of Inova's Trauma Acute Care Surgery Externship?

Our externship emphasizes the coordinated, systematic manner in which a Level I Trauma Center provides optimal trauma care to the community. This program is an uncompensated opportunity for pre-med college students to participate in an observational education experience. Our goal is to give selected externs 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. During the program, externs 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. The Inova Trauma Center is dedicated to providing world-class trauma care and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Northern Virginia. We are designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia and verified by the American College of Surgeons.