Residency Program - Curriculum

The Educational Conferences

All residents are required to attend all of the listed conferences without exception. Repeated absenteeism could affect the resident's advancement and promotion. The required educational conferences for all of the residents include the following:

  1. Patient Care Conference (Check Out Conference) (every morning at 0645)
  2. ICU Team Conference for SICU residents (daily 0830- 0930)
  3. ICU Team Conference for BICU residents (Thursdays 1200- 1300)
  4. Grand Rounds (every other Friday 0815- 0915)
  5. Morbidity and Mortality Conference (every Friday 0915- 1015)
  6. Resident Didactic Education (every Friday 1015- 1115)
  7. Senior Resident Oral Board Exam Practice (every Friday 1115- 1200)
  8. Multidisciplinary Oncology Conference (every Friday 0700 - 0800).
  9. Journal Club (monthly, offsite from 0615-0800).
  10. Surgical Simulator and Skills Center (Friday 1015-1215)
  11. Vascular Conference monthly

The Curriculum

The Basic Science and Clinical Lecture Series is held every Friday between 1100 - 1200. Each lecture is given by an attending surgeon or a professional with expertise on the subject matter. Each lecture will cover the topic from basic science and clinical points of view. Although each lecture is independent, the relevant chapters on the subject in Sabiston's Textbook of Surgery and O'Leary The Physiologic Basis of Surgery will be cited with each subject matter so the residents can adequately prepare for the lecture. All major topics within general surgery will be covered over a period of one academic year.

For a complete listing of the current lecture schedule please view the Resident Education Program section of the Resident Education Manual.

The Booklet of Information – Surgery is published by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) to outline the requirements for certification in surgery.  Applicants are expected to be familiar with these requirements and bear ultimate responsibility for ensuring that their training complies with ABS requirements, as well as for acting in accordance with the ABS policies governing each stage of the certification process.

Small Group Educational Activities

Purpose: We have divided the residents into five smaller groups comprised of different PGY levels that will meet on a weekly basis under the supervision of an experienced attending. By doing so, we will be able to more forcefully adhere to the protected time for didactics without the residents having to miss out on good cases as has happened in the past.


  1. Each resident will be provided a textbook based on their PGY level as follows:
    1. PGY 1 – Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery
    2. PGY 2 – Greenfield’ Surgery
    3. PGY 3 – Sabiston Textbook of Surgery
    4. PGY 4 – Current Surgical Therapy
    5. PGY 5 – Mastery of Surgery
  2. We will have a list of 48 topics that will be covered on a weekly basis by the education groups with each PGY level reading the weekly topic from their assigned textbook (as noted above).
  3. Weekly Quizzes will be created and distributed to the residents that will coincide with the topic for that particular week. Scores will be tallied and averaged as part of our team based approach in keeping the residents motivated.
  4. The individual group sessions will be used to further discuss and study upon the weekly topics. This should include a short review by the residents, the junior residents reiterating as indicated based on the subject, the anatomy and physiology and other basic science regarding the topics and the midlevel and higher level residents introducing the topic from a clinical standpoint followed by discussion, test, team solving exercises, etc. based on the attendings preference.
  5. The resident team leader is expected to have a sign in sheet with the topic, date and signature from all of those who attended which will be turned into the residency coordinator.

Evaluation of this Activity:  Periodically, we will obtain written satisfaction evaluations from the residents in addition to input from the team leaders and at that point decide if we will continue this format or adjust as recommended. Please note that some of the residents will, in addition to this activity, have mandatory study time; but that should never interfere with the small group didactic sessions.

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