Surgical Education Conference (Grand Rounds)

  • This will be a 60 minute weekly conference
  • The first 30 minutes will be lecture and question and answers
  • The second 30 minutes will be dedicated toward the SCORE curriculum
  • In every way possible the Grand Rounds lecture will parallel the SCORE curriculum topic for the week
  • These topics will be on a two year cycle to cover the core content areas of General Surgery
  • Residents will choose the SCORE module to highlight in the second half of the conference and active audience participation is expected
  • Weekly self-assessment questions from SCORE will also be reviewed
  • Competencies covered will include patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement

Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement

  • This weekly conference focuses on identification of opportunities for improvement
  • Leads to resident identification of improvement projects to improve patient safety
  • All resident cases are to be turned in the week prior and tabulated by service
  • The list will be distributed for review by residents and faculty
  • The conference leader will predetermine cases to be presented
  • Those unable to attend will be able to participate via secured audio or video connection
  • Competencies covered will include patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement

Basic Science Conference

  • This will follow Surgical Education Conference for one hour every other week
  • Salient topic of the ACGME guidelines and includes: applied surgical anatomy and surgical pathology; the elements of wound healing; homeostasis, shock and circulatory physiology; hematologic disorders; immunobiology and transplantation; oncology; surgical endocrinology; surgical nutrition, fluid and electrolyte balance; and the metabolic response to injury, including burns
  • We intend to cover the basic science topics on a two-year cycle
  • Textbook will be electronically provided through the SCORE portal - Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence, 2nd edition Editors: Jeffrey A. Norton, MD, FACS;  
  • Competencies covered will include patient care, medical knowledge,  systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement

Simulation Conference

  • This will alternate with the basic science conference every other week
  • The curriculum follows the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery structures
  • All interns and residents are expected to be involved with simulation
  • Skills area that is accessible to the residents 24/7 to practice in between formal conferences
  • Level 1 includes 20 modules that address basic surgical skills
  • Level 2 includes 15 modules that address advanced skills and procedures
  • Level 3 includes 10 modules that address team-based skills
  • Competencies covered will include patient care, medical knowledge,  systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and interpersonal and communication skills


Walking Ward Rounds

  • This conference will occur twice a month, alternating between General Surgery and Vascular Surgery.  
  • Care on the wards is a focal point of surgical inpatient care. 
  • Ward-based care plays a key role in surgical education.  
  • Assimilating various sources of clinical information is necessary for thorough patient assessment during the care of surgical patients.  
  • The specific aim is to improve patient management through timely investigations, surgical treatment and discharge. 
  • Appropriate history, physical, laboratory, radiological findings, surgical plan will be presented of 2-3 patients by the junior house staff to more senior residents and attendings.  
  • It will be expected that there will be detailed interaction among all levels and appropriate level questions of the disease process, findings, surgical plan and alternatives. 

Clinical Case Conference

  • This conference will occur twice a month, from September - May
  • This will be an open forum in which oral board–type scenarios are introduced and residents can demonstrate their knowledge in a collaborate environment.
  • Feedback on style, content, and presentation of answers is instantaneous and collected not only by the faculty mentor, but also by the other residents in the room.

Other conferences offered:

Vascular Conference – Monthly

  • We will present upcoming cases and look for consensus on treatment options
  • Attended by residents on the Vascular Surgery Service
  • Will be largely data driven decision making
  • Competencies covered will include patient care, medical knowledge, systems-based practice, interpersonal and communication skills

Tumor Board – Weekly

  • Attended by surgeons, pathology, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists other internist with interests such as gastroenterology, endocrinologist
  • Discuss multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment
  • Tumor characteristics, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment plans, and enrollment in a clinical trial are issues commonly discussed

Gastrointestinal Conference – Monthly

Breast Conference – Monthly

Aortic Conference – Monthly


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