The overall goal of the residency program, which consists of five or more years of general surgery residency, is to train sound, clinical surgeons able to function independently and/or pursue specialized training. Additionally, the program seeks to prepare residents for board certification. Upon completion of training, the resident will be able to:
- Make sound ethical and legal judgments appropriate for a qualified surgeon.
- Manage surgical disorders based on a thorough knowledge of basic and clinical science.
- Utilize appropriate skills in those surgical techniques required of a competent surgeon.
- Use critical thinking when making decisions that affect patients’ life and that of their family.
- Collaborate effectively with colleagues and other health care professionals.
- Teach and share knowledge with colleagues, residents, students, and other health care providers.
- Educate patients and their families about the patient’s health needs.
- Demonstrate commitment to scholarly pursuits through conducting and evaluating research.
- Provide cost-effective care to surgical patients and their families.
- Value life-long learning as a necessary prerequisite to maintaining surgical knowledge and skill.