Conferences and Lectures

There are department-wide structured learning experiences provided for the education of surgical residents. These are:

1. The Morbidity and Mortality conference and Director's Grand Rounds

These are time-protected conferences held on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. The first hour is for review of all morbidity and mortality cases. The purpose of this conference is to discuss on a department-wide basis the most difficult and challenging cases performed in the services during the preceding week, including interesting cases and all morbidity and mortality cases, with a view to¬ward stimulating the highest possible level of academic debate. The chief residents under the su¬pervision of the section chiefs are responsible for the organization of the conference. Participation by the Departments of Radiology and Pathology occurs as needed.

2. The Basic and Clinical Science Conference

This time-protected conference covers the core basic and clinical science subjects in general surgery. It is given by members of the Department, guest speakers and the residents under the supervision of selected attendings. It is held on Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

3. Journal Club

This also is time-protected and held on the 4th Friday of the month. A review of selected articles by residents is assigned including critique, suggestions and detailed discussion, always under the supervision of selected attending staff. The residents are expected to review journals and textbooks such as: a. Annals of Surgery b. Surgery c. New England Journal of Medicine d. Journal of American College of Surgeons e. Lancet f. Principles of Surgery – Schwartz g. Textbook of Surgery – Sabiston h. Care of the Surgical Patient - American College of Surgeons Conferences and Lectures

4. ACS/SCORE Curriculum

The resident review the SCORE Curriculum and go through Multiple Choice Questions in the SCORE on Thursdays from 6:30 am - 7:30 am. 

5. Tumor Board Conference

This is held on selective Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. It is a multi-disciplinary conference in which patients with cancer are presented and management decisions are made.

6. Mentors

The residents have been assigned mentors who meet with the individual resident periodically to discuss their future plans, help with their work both clinical and non-clinical and advise them as needed to achieve their future goals. Mentors monitor their assigned residents for any evidence of stress.

7. Attending Rounds

Attending on call the night before and the attending on call current day meet with the residents at 7:00 a.m., using the sign out form for the program, to go over all the patients on the General Surgery services including new admissions.  This helps to review all cases and discuss with the residents the management plan for the day.  

8. Chief Resident Rounds

These take place in the morning before operating room and clinical activities and are oriented towards patient care. The afternoon chief residents rounds are more detailed and teaching oriented.