Clinical, Academic & Research Objectives

In order to promote the program's goals, this training program is designed to foster resident achievement of specific clinical, academic, and research objectives.

Junior Residents (PGY-1, PGY-2)

The primary clinical objective is for the resident to develop skills regarding the primary care of surgical patients. The resident gains experience with pre-operative assessment, intraoperative basic skills development, and post-operative management. During the PGY-2 year, the resident concentrates on the care of the critically ill surgical patient as well as mastery of basic technical skills. The junior resident is expected to invest time as an assistant on complex cases, in preparation for his/her future role as senior resident. The resident is expected to function as surgeon on about 150-200 basic operative cases per year.

The primary academic objective is to develop a sound knowledge base to serve as a foundation for more advanced surgical education as well as to establish a process of ongoing study needed to maintain a high performance standard in surgical practice. Performance on the American Board of Surgery In-Training/Basic Science Examination (ITSBE) is one indication of the success of the academic program.

By the conclusion of the PGY 2 year, all residents must have logged a minimum of 250 cases.

Mid-level Residents (PGY-3)

The primary clinical objective is for the resident to develop advanced surgical judgment, maturation of operating skills, and gain exposure to fundamental general surgery and specialty cases deemed appropriate for the level of training. Mid-level residents explore various interests during time on the cardiac service as well as elective rotations. Additionally, the mid-level resident develops clinical judgment through initial evaluation of emergency room patients. The resident is expected to function as surgeon on approximately 150-200 operative cases. The primary academic objective for the resident is to acquire a mastery of the basic and clinical sciences pertinent to the practice of surgery. The mid-level resident must demonstrate a high performance level on the ITBSE as one indicator of success.

Senior Resident (PGY-4)

The primary clinical objective is for the resident to develop advanced surgical judgment and technical skills. The senior resident is expected to function as surgeon on approximately 150-200 complex general, vascular, trauma, specialty, and transplant cases. The senior resident will assume a greater role in supervising junior residents and medical students as well as managing the clinical services. The primary academic objective is to continue the ongoing study needed to maintain a high performance standard in surgical practice. The senior resident will assume greater responsibility for teaching didactic basic science and clinical lectures. Development of communication skills needed for success on the American Board of Surgery Certifying (Oral) Examination is achieved utilizing "Mock Orals" and intramural training sessions.

Chief Resident (PGY-5)

The primary clinical objective is for the chief resident to perfect advanced surgical judgment and technical skills. The chief resident will function as surgeon on approximately 200 complex general, vascular, trauma, specialty, and transplant cases. Additionally, the chief resident will assume an important administrative role by participating in the education of junior residents and medical students, assisting with conference development and scheduling, and participating on important hospital and graduate medical education committees. The primary academic objective is to master the basic and clinical knowledge needed for successful completion of the American Board of Surgery Qualifying (written) Examination and for successful surgical practice. Additionally, the chief resident will demonstrate a working knowledge of current surgical practice information. Moreover, he/she will assume responsibility for teaching didactic basic science and clinical lectures. Development of communication skills needed for success on the American Board of Surgery Certifying (Oral) Examination are achieved utilizing "Mock Orals" and intramural training sessions.