Curriculum

  • Grand Rounds
    • Consists of presentations by full-time and community faculty, as well as faculty from other institutions.  Such lectures include content that provides a multi-disciplinary approach to surgical patient care
    • Held one to two times per month for one hour
  • Multidisciplinary Tumor Board
    • Consists of case presentations that provide a multi-disciplinary approach to patient treatment and management of surgical oncology patients.
    • Held once per month for one hour
  • Mortality and Morbidity conferences
    • Case presentations that discuss complications and causes of death in patients admitted to the surgical teaching services.
    • Held weekly for one hour
  • SCORE Curriculum Conference
    • A curriculum comprised of case presentations encompassing all aspects of surgical knowledge necessary for independent practice. Faculty preside over the assigned residents who provide case presentations.  Such presentations include the necessary basic science background and clinical care and are based heavily on the SCORE curriculum.
    • Held two to three times per month for one hour
  • Core Conference (interns only)
    • A one-year forum in which basic science lectures are provided by faculty.  The content presented provides a foundation for interns’ basic science knowledge.
    • Typically held three times per month for one hour
  • Surgical Skills Labs
    • Junior residents receive didactic and experiential training in colonoscopy and basic laparoscopic procedures.  This curriculum continues to be developed as the Department acquires appropriate simulation equipment.
    • Residents, upon receiving initial instruction, are encouraged to practice on their off hours and/or during any periods of “down time.”
    • Residents receive timed trials that are recorded to evaluate resident progress.
    • Senior residents will receive instruction, training, and practice on the MIST-VR simulator, the Colonoscopy trainer and the formal FLS certification curriculum.
  • State-of-the-Art Visiting Professors
    • Visiting Professors are scheduled approximately 3-4 times per year.  The Visiting Professor typically presents at Friday and Saturday Grand Rounds.  All residents are expected to attend these two one-hour conferences.
  • Journal Club
    • Chief residents are assigned two Journal Clubs per year.  In conjunction with the assigned faculty member, four journal articles are selected for discussion of current patient management trends and new operative procedures. Of most importance, this forum provides residents with the ability to critically review journal articles as they relate to research design, methodology, statistics, and implications for patient treatment. 
    • Held on the first Thursday of each month from 6pm – 7pm