Curriculum Conferences

The surgical curriculum is comprehensive and includes clinical training, didactics and research. The clinical training program is a "hands-on" experience. Beginning in their internship year, residents participate in preoperative evaluation of patients, operative experience, post-operative care and follow-up in outpatient clinics. All operative cases as well as outpatient and inpatient care are supervised by attending staff. Residents will gain experience through graded and progressive responsibility while providing safe and effective care to patients. As residents grow in their ability to care for their patients, they will assume a more autonomous role. Each resident’s development of the skill set, knowledge and attitude required to enter the unsupervised practice of medicine will follow. Our curriculum is competency based and inclusive of all required disciplines, in compliance with the ACGME.

• Medical Knowledge

• Patient Care

• Interpersonal and Communication Skills

• Professionalism

• Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

• Systems-Based Practice

Surgical Grand Rounds

This lecture series is presented one a month by distinguished visiting professors invited to give lectures on topics of their expertise. The Surgical Grand Rounds serve to familiarize surgical residents with current, state-of-the-art of surgical clinical management. These lectures provide the residents with the opportunity to focus on current controversies related to the clinical topics.

Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference

The overall goal of M&M is for residents to learn how to communicate adverse events to colleagues, how best to analyze these events, and how to discuss learning points so as to prevent similar errors in the future. The M&M conference is held on a weekly basis.

Tumor Board

Tumor Board is a multidisciplinary weekly conference in which the surgical department and residents present cases they are involved in with Oncologists devoted to teaching.

Journal Club

The overall goal of the Journal Club is for residents to learn the analytical skills essential for keeping current and practicing evidence-based surgery. This lecture is presented quarterly.

DECKER Curriculum Seminars

Seminars occur on a weekly basis with parallel sessions for the junior and senior levels.

Morning Report

Morning report occurs daily to discuss patient care issues and plans.

Interdisciplinary Team Rounds

The residents participate in daily Interdisciplinary Interdepartmental Team (IDT) meetings with nursing, social work and physical therapy staff to discuss socioeconomic patient issues, requirement for patient discharge and placement, and patient education.  This IDT meeting allows the resident to incorporate multiple aspects of the health care system to provide optimal health care for the patient during their hospital course. 

Clinical Documentation Improvement Lectures

Annual lecture that reviews the guidelines needed for complete and specific documentation in the medical record and its impact on both the personal physician profile and that of the Hospital.

Surgical Simulation Skills Workshop

This workshop provides formal hands-on training in technical skills with the surgical attending physicians. The residents are able to focus on the complete procedure or specific components and practice as often as necessary. Skills lab simulators provide objective evidence of performance and immediate feedback in individual training.

The general surgery program follows the ACS Simulation Skills curriculum and works with Covidien to provide the residents with the opportunity to participate in cognitive and procedural skills activities.  Training is conducted both on and off sites.

In the Surgical Skills Simulation Laboratory, the resident can practice suturing and surgical knot tying, laparoscopic skills, and advanced laparoscopic skills. We also have a laparoscopic simulator for the residents to practice more advanced laparoscopic techniques as well as participate in animal (pig) labs to perfect surgical technique.

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (aka FLS) establishes a standard set of didactic information and manual skills serving as a basic curriculum to guide surgical residents in the performance of basic laparoscopic surgery.  By mastering the curriculum and gathering of skills, it is expected that surgical residents and surgeons will initiate and carry out their performance of laparoscopy more effectively, with greater skill, and with lower complication rates.

Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (aka FES) establishes a standard set of didactic information and manual skills designed to teach and evaluate the fundamental knowledge, clinical judgment, and technical skills required in the performance of basic endoscopic surgery.

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Workshops

Residents work in teams to increase resident knowledge and understanding of and the rationale for quality improvement and performance measures, evidence-based surgery, healthcare policy trends and patient safety initiatives.

Faculty Development Seminars

This educational opportunity is an interactive lecture-based session given by the guest speaker or program director to the attending faculty and the residents.


The Department also provides the following educational tools to all surgical residents:

Fundamentals of Surgery - American College of Surgeons

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)

American Board of Surgery (SAGES)

DECKER Curriculum

Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) - American College of Surgeons

ACCESS Surgery

Basic Life Support Course (BLS)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course (ACLS)

Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS)

Fundamental Critical Care Support Course (FCCS)

American Board of Surgery Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum (SAGES)

Introduction to the Practice of Medicine

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Online Courses