Welcome Message from LD Britt, MD, MPH

Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. As both Chairman and Program Director, I am committed to training the surgical leaders of the future. Our program strives to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, while providing the highest caliber of general surgery training and education in an academic and clinical environment.

Fully accredited by the ACGME, we graduate five chief residents in General Surgery per year. Our program provides experiences in all the essential components of general surgery, as specified by the ACGME and Residency Review Committee for Surgery. Our residents are exposed to the full spectrum of general surgery through rotations at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Residents get a comprehensive experience in acute care surgery (trauma, emergency general surgery, and critical care) at the only designated Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Center in the region.

The educational component of our program is robust and offers each resident an immersive learning experience in didactic learning, surgical skills development, and simulation training. We host 3 to 4 State-of-the-Art Visiting Professors each year, in addition to lectures by faculty and community faculty. In addition to lectures, the program also utilizes weekly conferences, specialized small group sessions, and one-on-one mentoring. A key attribute of our program is the faculty to include over 60 community faculty, many of whom are recognized nationally and internationally for their achievements. They are all accessible, approachable, and outstanding teachers. Our program also has a simulation center that is a Level 1 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Accredited Education Institute as well as a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) approved test center. Along with one to two research positions, we also have a one year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship position for interested residents.

In summary, we continuously work to enhance the experience and resources available to our residents to create what we believe is a premier residency training program. The combined strengths of the general surgery residency training program at EVMS is what sets us apart from the rest.

L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, D.Sc (Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng (Hon), FRCSEd (Hon), FWACS (Hon), FRCSI (Hon), FCS(SA) (Hon)

Brickhouse Professor and Chairman