Clinical Postgraduate Years 1 and 2

The first two clinical years in our training program will be focused on developing foundational skills and experiences in the broad spectrum of general and vascular surgery, trauma, critical care, anesthesia, and the initial two levels of the endoscopy curriculum.

Rotations in the PGY2 year include a focus on developing more advanced technical skills in general surgery, surgical consultation, and management of the critically ill and injured.

These rotations are designed to assure that each resident obtains the American Board of Surgery required minimum of invasive procedures and operations in the first two consecutive residency years:

  • 200 cases in defined categories, including endoscopy and E-codes
  • 50 other cases such as I&D procedures, central venous access, arterial lines, tube thoracostomy, and other minor procedures

ATLS training and certification will take place early in the internship.

Clinical Postgraduate Years 3 to 5

During the third clinical year, residents receive further training in general, endocrine, colorectal, oncologic, transplant, and pediatric surgery, and in acute care, critical care, and trauma.

The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery course and certification must be completed by the end of the PGY3 year.

During the fourth clinical year, residents will receive further training and increased responsibility in general, hepatobiliary, oncologic, vascular, and trauma surgery, allowing the resident to spend special focus on areas of their developing specialty surgical interests.

Residents should complete the Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum for General Surgery Residents by the end of the PGY4 year.

Obtaining procedural numbers and obtaining certification in Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery must be completed prior to graduation. Rotations include additional training in trauma surgery, complex hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, surgical oncology and complex laparoscopic surgery.

Operative Experience

Our expectation is that our residents will perform approximately 900 – 1,000 operations at the end of five clinical years.

We plan this experience to be very inclusive of the range and complexity of the procedures performed, especially in gastrointestinal, biliary, pancreatic, breast, endocrine, and vascular surgery.

Moreover, operative experience in trauma and surgical critical care is expected to be excellent based on the volume of cases now admitted to our Level II Trauma Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

The endoscopic experience will also be broad and based on current surgical procedures and resident teaching partnerships developed with our gastroenterologists.