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Department of Surgery

Residency/Fellowship Programs


Goals and Objectives


It is the intent of this five-year training program to develop competent general surgeons. Surgeons completing the program will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery with an ultimate goal of a 100% pass rate on both the qualifying and the certifying examinations.


In order to attain this goal, the program requires residents to develop the following competencies:

  1. A solid fund of basic and clinical knowledge of general surgery.
  2. The ability to provide compassionate and effective care to all patients.
  3. The ability to perform general surgical procedures safely and effectively.
  4. The exercise of clinical judgment to critically select the appropriate course of action in the management of patients.
  5. The capacity to communicate effectively with all healthcare personnel and with patients
  6. A clear sense of responsibility in carrying out all administrative duties required in the surgical profession.
  7. The constant pursuit of improvement in patient care practices by systematic evaluation of current practices in relation to outcomes and to new scientific knowledge.
  8. An awareness of the underpinnings of the health care system and the dilemmas of practicing cost-effective healthcare.

Residents are expected to develop these elements of clinical competence by assimilating the teaching provided by the faculty, by maintaining an active reading plan on surgical sciences, by practicing surgical skills, and by attending the educational activities offered by the residency program. During the five years of training, each of the above elements of clinical competence is periodically assessed by direct faculty supervision and by senior resident colleagues with subsequent review by the Program Director. Reappointment and promotion to the subsequent year of training require a satisfactory progression in the development of these elements of clinical competence.


The educational program of the residency is designed to meet specific goals, knowledge and skills at each level of training as outlined in the following table.





Pre- and post-operative management in the in- and out-patient setting

Pathophysiology of vital organ systems

Surgical pathology

Cost-effectiveness in surgery

Basic surgical skills: establishment of central venous access, tube thoracostomy, tissue handling and dissection, abdominal wall closure, anal fissure fistula and hemorrhoid, breast biopsy, pediatric surgery

2nd assisting in major surgical procedures

Essential endoscopic and laparoscopic skills


Management of critically ill surgical patients and trauma victims

Support of vital organ systems

Surgical anatomy

Technique of minor surgical procedures

Research opportunities

Operative skills in the establishment of enteral access and surgical airways, hemodynamic invasive monitoring

Hernia surgery


Trauma: exploration of extrathoracic and extraperitoneal wounds

2nd assisting in major surgical procedures

Basic laparoscopy and endoscopy


Decision making on diagnosis of surgical pathologies and of postoperative complications

Critical analysis of scientific literature

Technique of major surgical procedures

Subspecialty training

Operative skills in performing:

Biliary surgery: cholecystectomy

Gastrointestinal: enterolysis and enterectomy, bowel anastomosis

Colorectal procedures: partial colectomy, prolapse, sphincteric surgery

Vascular surgery: AV fistulas and shunts

Trauma: exploratory laparotomy and repair of injured viscus, splenectomy

Surgical oncology: head & neck, breast, gynecological, gastrointestinal

Leading the resident team


Decision making on indications for surgery, triaging and management of trauma victims

Options of surgical procedures and selection criteria

Settings of surgical practice

Operative skills in performing:

Transplantation: kidney and liver harvest and transplant

Cardiothoracic: open heart surgery, lung resection, cardiac and lung transplantation

Vascular: aortic, carotid and extremity arterial surgery

Trauma: thoracotomy, neck exploration, repair of vascular injury

Advanced laparoscopy

1st assistant

Leading the resident team


Decision making on execution of surgical procedures

Management of the outpatient office

Health care systems

Operative skills in performing:

Biliopancreatic: bile duct surgery, pancreatectomy

Colorectal: total colectomy, proctectomy and sphincter saving surgery

Esophageal: funduplication, esophagectomy, myotomy, repair of laceration

Endocrine: thyroidectomy, parathyrodectomy, adrenalectomy

Liver: hepatectomy

Teaching assistant

Leading the resident team

Administrative responsibilities