Curriculum

In this surgical residency program at The Mount Sinai Hospital, we teach a central core of knowledge in a variety of areas including anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, pathology, wound healing, shock and resuscitation, and intensive care. As a surgery resident, you receive broad clinical experience that prepares you for private or academic practice or to pursue further subspecialty training.

Clinical

Clinical Rotation

PGY I

PGY II

PGY III

PGY IV

PGY V

General and Trauma Surgery

5

4

8

7

11

Subspecialty Surgery:
Plastics, Urology, CTS, Endoscopy, Ortho, ER

4

2

1

 

 

SICU

1

2

 

 

 

Transplant Surgery

 

1

 

2

 

Pediatric Surgery

 

 

2

 

 

Burn

 

1

 

 

 

Vascular Surgery

1

1

 

2

 

Rotations: Years 1 and 2

The first two years offer a broad introduction to the art and science of surgery. You learn to diagnose a wide range of surgical problems within general surgery and surgical subspecialties. We emphasize pre- and postoperative management of surgical problems as well as surgical experience. All rotations are at The Mount Sinai Hospital unless otherwise noted.

During the first year, you spend:

  • Three months on General Surgery
  • Two months on General Surgery and Trauma Service
  • Two months in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • One month on Plastic Surgery
  • One month on Vascular Surgery
  • One month of Surgical Oncology
  • Two weeks on Orthopedic Surgery
  • Two weeks in Urology

During the second year, you spend:

  • Two months on General Surgery and trauma service
  • Two months of Surgical Oncology
  • Two months of Emergency Room Consult
  • One month on Thoracic Surgery
  • One month on renal transplant surgery
  • One month on Vascular Surgery
  • One month on Endoscopy
  • Two weeks in the Burn Unit
  • Two weeks in Radiology

Rotations: Years 3 and 4

Residents assume increasing responsibility in all aspects of patient care during the third and fourth years. You act either as the senior on a large general surgery service (supervised by a Chief Resident and attending surgeons) or as the Chief Resident on a smaller specialty (e.g., hepatobiliary, thoracic, cardiac, or an affiliate hospital).

During the third year, residents spend:

  • Two months on Laparoscopy
  • Two months on Head and Neck Surgery
  • Two months on General Surgery and Trauma Service
  • Two months on General Surgery
  • Two months as Chief Resident on Pediatric Surgery
  • One month on overseas rotation in the Dominican Republic (optional)

During the fourth year, residents spend:

  • Three months on General Surgery
  • Two months as Chief Resident on General Surgery and Trauma Service
  • Two months as Chief Resident
  • Two months on Hepatobiliary/Surgical Oncology Service
  • Two months as Chief Resident on Vascular Surgery

Chief Residency: Year 5

During the Chief Resident year, residents supervise a general surgical service with responsible charge for patient care and for supervising the junior and senior residents below them. Chief Residents perform a wide range of surgical procedures under the supervision of an attending surgeon.

Overseas Rotation (Optional)

We offer our senior residents the opportunity to participate in a clinical rotation in a rural hospital in the Dominican Republic. By operating in an environment that is culturally and socioeconomically distinct from your own, you gain understanding and respect for different ways of looking at the world. The self-reliance and cultural sensitivity that you learn abroad will inform how you work with and treat staff and patients back in New York. Working with limited resources also enables you to improve your surgical and medical skills. This rotation also allows you to contribute to the global community as a humanitarian.

Conferences/Meetings

The Morbidity and Mortality Conference offers near-time review and discussion of relevant and interesting cases. Senior residents present each case in the context of its complications and applicable current literature.

Grand Rounds Lecture features experts from across the nations, who discuss and present state-of-the-art developments in their respective fields. The series enables residents to stay abreast of cutting-edge medical science.

Team Conferences consist of case presentations followed by an in-depth discussion of current literature. Residents lead the didactic sessions while faculty members serve as facilitators. Some conferences, such as Vascular and Surgical Oncology, involve other disciplines, including Radiology, Medical Oncology, GI, and Pathology.

The GI/Tumor Board is a weekly multidisciplinary conference where residents discuss pre- and post-operative management of oncological cases.

Ethics Rounds, typically scheduled the first Thursday of each month, are a series of lectures and case studies that address current bioethics issues as they relate to surgical specialties.

The monthly Resident Town Hall Meetings provide a continuous opportunity for the General Surgery Residents to meet with the Program Director and the Education Team to discuss a wide array of issues associated with the Residency Program, including, but not limited to, issues regarding ACGME requirements and compliance, resident schedules, educational events, and training sessions. In addition, this meeting has been an ideal venue for residents to discuss any issues regarding the Residency Program.

Core Curriculum - Friday Morning Resident Didactics

Core Curriculum lectures take place every Friday morning from 7:00am–9:00am. This is established protected time for all surgical residents to be excused from all clinical duties for the full duration of these educational sessions. These weekly sessions are teleconferenced to affiliate hospitals, enabling participation of all applicable residents.

7:00am - 7:45am - Basic Science Lecture

7:45am - 8:30am - ABSITE Review

8:30am - 9:00am - Journal Club

Once a month we will have a Surgical Skills Lab after Basic Science that will run from 7:45am-10am.

Once a month we will have a Breast Surgery Lecture after Basic Science & ABSITE Review that will run from 8:15am-9:00am.

The Basic Science Lecture covers a variety of topics. Similar to the Team Conferences, residents present and lead discussion, and faculty members assist as facilitators.

The ABSITE Review is a topic-based, focused, high-yield session run by the residents that takes place on a weekly basis, reviewing material for the ABSITE Examination. Residents present practical questions on the topics covered in the Basic Science lecture utilizing the SCORE curriculum and other pertinent resources.

Journal Club is where residents discuss and critically evaluate the latest peer-reviewed articles in general surgery. It serves as a forum for updates to what is being studied in the field as well as a lesson on critical appraisal of the medical literature. Selected articles are made available to all residents via an established Google Drive, allowing residents adequate preparation time for each session’s materials.