Surgical Residents actively take part in conferences, rounds, visiting professorships, regional and national meetings. Under the direction of Wallace A. Arneson, M.D., Assistant Program Director, structured resident educational sessions are conducted once weekly. The first two years of the Categorical program consist of extensive pre-operative, operative, and post-operative experience on general and specialty surgery services as well as extramural rotations in Transplant and Plastic Surgery. Years three and four include increasing responsibility and acquisition of technical skill in General Surgery. Rotations in the third and fourth years include Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and rotations at UMHS in Pediatric Surgery. The fifth year consists of managing each of seven general surgical services, with additional responsibility for administration and overall supervision of clinical activities.
The General Surgery teaching conferences are focused on continuing education and concentrated on Tuesday mornings. The first hour is devoted to Grand Rounds featuring speakers and discussions on topics of surgical interest. Following Grand Rounds, the Mortality and Morbidity conference and patients with interesting problems are presented by the Residents to the attending staff. This is an educational opportunity to combine knowledge of the literature with practical patient care. The remaining two hours consist of conferences led by surgical faculty. These sessions rotate on a weekly basis between colorectal, breast, endocrine, thoracic, bariatric, vascular and pediatric surgery as well as a basic surgical science curriculum. This weekly 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. teaching block is protected time for surgery residents during which they have no other clinical responsibilities.