Rotations - General Surgery
General Surgery instruction occurs in the second, third, and fourth years of training. During medical school, the third year curriculum involves 6 weeks of General Surgery training. Residents may elect to serve 3 of the 6 weeks in various subspecialty areas such as Hepatobiliary, Colorectal, or Transplant Surgery. The fourth year medical school curriculum involves elective time which may include surgical intensive care. The vast majority of the General Surgery training occurs in the fourth year of training when the resident serves as a General Surgery Intern for 6 months. Residents rotate through General Surgery/Pediatric Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and the Burn Intensive Care Unit.
The primary objective is for the resident to learn the preoperative, intra-operative and postoperative management of the routine as well as medically compromised patient with emphasis on pathophysiology, microbiology and pharmacology of disease. Also, the resident will learn basic and advanced surgical techniques.
The resident will function as an intern in the Department of Surgery and will be responsible for the daily management of patients, emergency room calls, coverage of operating room procedures, and on-call responsibilities. The resident is also responsible to attend all departmental seminars, lectures, rounds and symposia.
The resident will receive direct experience as a first or second assistant on the complete scope of general surgery procedures as well as some surgical subspecialties. The ability to manage complex patients in the pre- and post-operative periods is also an area of concentration.
The resident is responsible for all departmental seminars, lectures and conferences during their rotations.
The Chairman of the Department of Surgery as well as full-time attending staff is responsible for the rotation.
The resident will be evaluated by Department of Surgery Faculty as all General Surgery Residents are evaluated. This occurs on a semiannual basis.