Curriculum for the General Surgery Residency Program is structured as a 1:4 program, rather than a traditional 2:3 program. All residents follow the same regimen. There are no electives or separate "pathways" — all trainees follow the same rigorous regimen.
The surgical internship consists of acquiring broad basic skills in the general surgical specialties of gastrointestinal, colorectal, surgical oncology and trauma. In addition, there are ACGME-mandates exposures in such specialties as neurosurgery, urology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, anesthesiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, gynecologic surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.
After a surgical internship residents are integrated at the PGY-2 level into progressively independent leadership responsibilities, commensurate with the increasing levels of experience. This includes surgical exposure to intensive care, as well as trauma, general, vascular, breast, colorectal and endocrine surgery.
The resident's PGY-3 and PGY-4 years offer opportunities to focus on five major areas: gastrointestinal/laparoscopic, surgical oncology, cardiovascular, trauma/critical care and plastic surgery. The PGY-3 years include clinical experience in thoracic, cardiac, vascular, surgical oncology, colorectal, transplant and pediatric surgery.
The PGY-5 year of training is devoted to independent operating and clinical decision making, as well as oversight and administration of other surgical residents. The Chief Resident is responsible for maintaining her/his own independent resident service in emergency surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital, as well as chief resident service in vascular, trauma, GI and surgical oncology.
The General Surgery Residency Program employs a rotation schedule designed to give its trainees broad, intensive and useful exposure to all required surgical disciplines. Below is an example of a typical rotation schedule.
Resident Operative Experience
View the operative experience in the Surgery Residency.