General Surgery

Core Conferences

Wednesday has been designated as Education Day in the general surgery residency program. Clinics and elective operating time have been organized to eliminate conflicts and to allow nearly all residents to attend each week’s events. Residents rotating with the Division of General Surgery are expected to participate in all Education Day activities.

Education Day begins at 7 a.m. with a Surgical Quality Conference (fka Morbidity & Mortality Conference). The service chief residents lead these discussions, and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS NSQIP) criteria are used to define reportable morbidity.

Immediately following the Surgical Quality Conference, Grand Rounds is presented by rotating faculty members, guest lecturers and chief residents. Interesting case presentations are led by residents following most Grand Rounds.

Journal Club is held on the first Wednesday of every month at Sal & Mookie’s, a local pizza restaurant. One of the chief residents is responsible for choosing the topic, journal articles and moderating the lively discussions.

Additional conferences are attended routinely by residents on selected services, such as vascular, CT, and pediatrics. These conferences are open to all whose clinical obligations permit their participation.