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.

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

You attend a variety of conferences during the residency period, including the following: 

  • 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 lectures feature experts from across the nation, who present and discuss state-of-the-art developments in their fields.
  • 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 Surgery and Surgical Oncology—involve other disciplines, including radiology, medical oncology, gastrointestinal, and pathology.
  • The Basic Science Conference covers a variety of topics. Just as with the Team Conferences, residents present and lead discussion, and faculty members assist as facilitators. We teleconference these weekly sessions to our affiliate hospitals so that all residents can participate.
  • Run by fellow residents, our American Board of Surgery Training Examination (ABSITE) Review is a weekly topic-based session that covers material found on the ABSITE Examination. You use practice questions and review handouts, distributed a week in advance, so you have plenty of time to prepare for the sessions.
  • The GI/Tumor Board is a weekly multidisciplinary conference where residents discuss pre- and postoperative management of oncological cases.
  • The Surgical Skills Laboratory is a monthly series of practical or technical sessions, teaching residents basic operative skills with both inanimate and animal models. This lab increasingly incorporates surgical simulation technology.
  • Ethics Rounds, typically scheduled for 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.