Resident Educational Goals and Structure

On completion of training our graduates will be equally qualified to:

  • compete for the best surgical subspecialty fellowships
  • pursue a career in academic surgery
  • enter clinical practice in rural or metropolitan area

Clinical Rotations

Summary:

  • PGY-1
    • Patient management
    • Basic operative skills
  • PGY-2
    • Critical care management
    • Operative skills
  • PGY-3
    • Patient management and leadership
    • Advancing operative skills
  • PGY-4
    • Patient management, leadership, coordination
    • Advanced operative skills
  • PGY-5
    • Supervision, coordination of patient management
    • Independent operative skills

Details:

PGY-1

Duration: one month

General Surgery Subspecialty Rotations
  • GI
  • MIS
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
  • WakeMed
  • Burn Unit
  • Thoracic
  • Vascular
  • Transplant
  • SICU

PGY-2

Duration: about six weeks

General Surgery Subspecialty Rotations
  • GI
  • MIS
  • Oncology
  • Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
  • Junior In-House
  • SICU
  • Cardiac
  • Vascular

PGY-3

Duration: about eight weeks

General Surgery Subspecialty Rotations
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • WakeMed x2
  • Burn
  • Transplant

PGY-4

Duration: about seven weeks

General Surgery Subspecialty Rotations
  • GI
  • Endoscopy
  • Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
  • WakeMed
  • Senior In-House
  • Vascular

PGY-5

Duration: about eight weeks

General Surgery
  • GI
  • MIS
  • Oncology – Breast/Melanoma
  • Oncology – GI/HPB
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Acute Care
  • WakeMed

Call Responsibility

  • PGY-1: night shifts (5 nights/month x ~6 months)
  • PGY-2: one night/week (+ night float rotation)
  • PGY-3: every 4th night @ WakeMed
  • PGY-4: 1-2 half-days/month Sr. In-House (+ night float rotation)
  • PGY-5: 1 half-day/month Sr. In-House

Case Volume Experience

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Educational Resources

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  • Hospital work space
    • Intern work room
    • Chief resident office/work space
  • Resident library
  • Dedicated skills/simulation space
    • Lap/endo simulators
    • MIS/FLS simulators
    • Robotics simulator
    • 24/7 access

Resident and Faculty Evaluation

  • Completed after each rotation
    • Anonymous online
    • Evaluation of rotation and faculty
  • Used in consideration of faculty career progression, awards and compensation; and program improvement
  • Weekly meetings with Chairman and Program Director