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General Surgery Residency Curriculum

Program Details Heading link

Our education program is designed to reflect the American Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. Resident evaluation is based on the ACGME General Surgery Milestones which incorporate the six core competencies.

Our program draws on the unique strengths of its integrated hospitals to provide breadth and excellence in clinical teaching at the bedside, in the operating room coupled with structured educational conferences and a comprehensive curriculum based in the simulation lab and our robotic/laparoscopic skills lab.

Clinical Rotations Heading link

Throughout the training program, our residents rotate through these Surgical Specialties:

  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Trauma Surgery
  • General Surgery

Surgical Education Laboratory Heading link

Didactic Conferences Heading link

Our program follows (SCORE) curriculum which is in conjunction with the weekly lecture schedule. The Wednesday morning conference is structured to cover the surgical curriculum yet remains varied to address all areas of surgical education including critical appraisal of current literature as well as surgical case studies.  The monthly Journal Club is part of the lecture schedule to address critical review of literature. Our Clinical Correlations Conference affords the resident to present interesting surgical cases they have participated in to the Department of Surgery with the guidance of his/her Attending faculty member.  This allows the resident experience in preparing and presenting topics in a public but comfortable venue. Throughout the pandemic, with the use of virtual platforms, we were able to continue our educational sessions with attendance from all residents and attending surgeons.

Juniors Club is an attending supervised and proctored interactive format in which surgical patients/cases are presented to the junior level residents to discuss and manage.  This is a way to promote independent thinking and decision making by junior level residents while also learning about pertinent surgical topics.

Koffee with Koo provides residents an opportunity to research topics in conjunction with the conference and SCORE schedule and provide a presentation and discussion to further understand its nuances.

In addition to the weekly Wednesday conference attended by all residents, the surgical services at the different hospital sites may have separate teaching conferences, tumor board and morbidity and mortality conferences that the residents attend.

Chiefs Club, Mock Oral Boards, and ABSITE Review Club Heading link

A monthly Chiefs Club allows fourth and fifth year residents to be able to practice in an oral board format. Each month a different subject is presented and the residents are able to practice oral boards in a “mock oral” format.

This is in preparation for a city-wide surgical residency formal Mock Oral Board Exam that is conducted by several of the residency programs in the city. This format allows for resident participation in a simulation of the actual exam complete with formal feedback and explanation of questions and answers. The chief residents have found this exercise to be extremely helpful in preparation for the General Surgery Board exam.

Every other week, ABSITE Review Club allows residents to meet and discuss topics in conjunction with the conference and SCORE curricula based on weekly quizzes provided by our APDs. These quizzes are created using questions from popular study textbooks – Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, True Learn, etc.

Research Opportunities Heading link

On addition to clinical opportunities, another goal of the program is to provide residents with the tools and mentorship necessary to foster their growth as future leaders in surgery. From this interview cycle, we will be taking residents interested in not only the clinical track, but the academic track as well.

Posters, Publications, and Presentations

Residents in our program have the opportunity to publish and present their work at conferences. Here are a few examples of some of the work from the residents throughout their journey in this residency program.