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The surgical rotations for our program are divided into an inpatient and an outpatient experience. The inpatient rotation occurs during your first year when you are assigned to the surgical team at Highland Hospital. The team is made up of two upper level surgical residents and a family medicine R-1. During this rotation you are expected to function as a full member of this team caring for patients from admission and initial work-up through to discharge. The third year surgery resident runs the team and will work with you to ensure that you see a variety of cases and spend time both in the OR and on the surgical floors.
The outpatient surgical rotation may occur during any of your three years of residency based on your scheduling needs. This rotation is meant to expose you to a variety of surgical specialties including colorectal, general, pediatric and surgical oncology. You will spend time with surgeons in their offices performing both pre and post operative exams as well as seeing outpatient procedures that surgeons perform in their ambulatory sites. Additionally you will spend time in the URMC wound clinic learning to assess and manage a variety of problems from diabetic ulcers to other wounds requiring irrigation, debridement, and proper home management.
Required Surgical Subspecialties
In the first year, residents rotate through the practice of the university dermatology faculty. This 3-week rotate provides hands-on experience with supplemental on-line teaching modules. Over second and third year the other required surgical subspecialties—ENT, urology, and ophthalmology—are scheduled in both private and university practices with specialists who have a “tried and true” history of generous resident teaching.
A weekly procedure clinic at Highland Family Medicine provides an opportunity to focus on procedural medicine. Read more information about procedures at Highland Family Medicine.