The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside/West) General Surgery Program offers an extensive didactic curriculum. Here are the basic goals for each year of the five-year program.

As an intern, you learn the fundamentals of caring for patients with various surgical diagnoses. You obtain and document the history and physical examination for patients while they are in the hospital and learn to recognize and address potential postoperative concerns. You begin to acquire technical proficiency while assisting with procedures in the operating room under the direct supervision of senior residents and attending physicians.

At the PGY-2 level, you continue to hone your data gathering and interpreting skills and your ability to make important patient care decisions. You are responsible for staffing consultations from other services and for presenting them to the attending surgeon. You gain more technical experience in the operating room. You also begin to lay your foundation for critical care rotating through Mount Sinai West’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). With supervision, you begin to evaluate patients presenting to the Emergency Department and learn to recognize patients requiring surgical treatment.

In this formative year, you are in charge of managing consultations in the Emergency Department, following patients from their initial presentation through admission or operation. You continue to develop your surgical skills and take on greater responsibility for surgical judgment and decision making, both before and after surgery. You transition to the Mount Sinai Morningside Surgical ICU, caring for patients from the trauma/general surgery services as well as from various subspecialties, including neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology.

PGY-4 residents are the senior residents on the surgical teams. As such, you acquire the organizational and interpersonal skills to lead a service. You assume greater responsibility for teaching junior residents and medical students. You perform more procedures and handle increasingly complex cases.

This year, you serve as Chief Resident, carrying major operative and teaching responsibilities. You also take on administrative responsibilities such as creating the year-long rotation schedule, coordinating grand rounds speakers, and leading didactics such as the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) review. You are exposed to the most technically challenging surgical cases. Upon completing this year, you will be an experienced surgeon who has developed good judgment and compassion for patients. You will know how to read the literature critically and express concepts clearly in conferences. Perhaps most important, you will be prepared to hold leadership roles throughout your surgical career.


Our didactic curriculum follows the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE), a web-based, standardized program developed by the American Board of Surgery. The modules cycle through every two years, providing comprehensive coverage of the core topics in general surgery. The SCORE question bank contains almost 3,000 questions to assist you in preparing for the ABSITE examination. In addition, our faculty organizes conferences in trauma, hepatobiliary surgery, colorectal surgery, and other topics. Your time during these educational conferences is protected.

Research / Professional Development

Residents are able to take time away from clinical training to pursue professional development. This can include performing traditional basic science, translational, or clinical research; working with hospital administration on quality initiatives; or taking part in other projects. Two residents from each PGY-3 class take one year away from their clinical training to engage in research/professional development prior to starting their PGY-4 years. We support most of these experiences financially.