Lectures & Conferences
Surgical Grand Rounds
This lecture series is presented by distinguished visiting professors invited to give lectures on topics of their expertise. The Surgical Grand Rounds serve to familiarize resident physicians with current, state-of-the-art clinical management. These lectures provide the residents with the opportunity to focus on the current controversies related to the clinical topics.
Aspects of Surgery
Formal lecture series hosted by attending surgeons.
Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference
The overall goal of M&M is for residents to learn how to communicate adverse events to colleagues, how best to analyze these events, and how to discuss learning points so as to prevent similar errors in the future. The M&M conference is held on a weekly basis.
A lecture and quiz on general surgical topics is directed primarily toward the senior level residents. These rounds are held every Wednesday morning.
Management rounds include a weekly interesting case and indications for the operation conference.
SCORE Curriculum Seminars
Seminars occur on a weekly basis with parallel sessions for the junior and senior levels.
Each PGY-1 resident is assigned to an attending surgeon who will serve as a mentor. In subsequent years, residents select their own mentors. Mentoring sessions are generally held once every two weeks. These sessions are confidential and not part of the evaluation process.
The overall goal of the Journal Club is for residents to learn the analytical skills essential for keeping current and practicing evidence-based surgery. Some of the articles are retrieved from "Evidence-Based Reviews in Surgery," which is a joint program of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Seminars
Residents work in teams to increase resident knowledge and understanding of and the rationale for quality improvement and performance measures, evidence-based surgery, healthcare policy trends and patient safety initiatives.
ACGME Core Competency Lecture
A series of seminars that discusses the ACGME Core Competencies: medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice.
Clinical Documentation Improvement Lectures
A monthly lecture that reviews the guidelines needed for complete and specific documentation in the medical record and its impact on both the personal physician profile and that of the Hospital.
Surgical Skills Workshop
This workshop provides formal hands-on training in technical skills with the surgical attending physicians. The residents are able to focus on the complete procedure or specific components and practice as often as necessary. Skills lab simulators provide objective evidence of performance and immediate feedback in individual training.
Core Competency Days - Inter-Institutional Sessions
The workshop provides formal, hands-on training in technical skills with the surgical attending physicians. The residents are able to focus on the entire procedure or specific components and practice as often as is necessary. Skills lab simulations provide opportunities for immediate feedback in individual training.
Faculty Development Seminars
This educational opportunity is an interactive lecture-based session given by the program director to the attending faculty and the PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents.
The Department also provides the following educational tools to all surgical residents:
- Fundamentals of Surgery - American College of Surgeons
- Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)
- American Board of Surgery (SAGES)
- The Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) Curriculum
- Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) - American College of Surgeons
- Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP) - American College of Surgeons
- ACCESS Surgery
- Basic Life Support Course (BLS)
- Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course (ACLS)
- American Board of Surgery Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum (SAGES)
- Introduction to the Practice of Medicine